I'm curious. Currently, I'm 5'8" 186 and roughly 24.5% bodyfat, down from 210 @ 31%. I have a medium size frame (fingers just barely touch around my wrist). I'm a guy.
Body weight charts are just about useless, but I've seen a range of as low as 145 to as high as 170 for my ideal weight (taken from multiple sources). That would mean at 10%BF my ideal lean mass would be between 130.5 to 153 pounds.
Right now my lean mass is approximately 140 pounds, which seems to fall right between the extremes.
But I've seen multiple people here tell others that they "don't have enough muscle to keep cutting", or variations on that theme. Is that based solely on appearance, or is there some average/ideal lean mass chart that I've not been able to find?
I ask because my current long-term goal (middle to end of next year) is to be close to 165 @ 10% bodyfat. That would put me at just shy of 149 pounds of lean mass. But before I get there, I plan to cut into the mid 150's, which I predict will have me somewhere around 155 @ 12%, or 136lbs lean mass. I'm hoping to be just under 160 by the end of this year.
Is that too low to continue cutting to 10%? Should I even bother attempting to cut to 10% with that amount of muscle mass? Or, if I can get to 160 @ ~14% by the end of year, would it make more sense to try to add, I don't know, 10 pounds of muscle, and then cut to 10% from there?
I know there are a dozen of these threads a day, thanks for having the patience to look at one more.
Thread: Ideal lean mass amount