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    healthy body fat percentage?

    hey guys, i am about to start my cutting cycle, and i am at around 17% body fat right now. I heard that anything above 18% is considered unhealthy, but i've also heard up to 25% for men is acceptable. what do you guys think is the highest body fat percentage guys should get up to? also what should be my goal for body fat? i was thinking around 10-12, like does anyone know what they average body fat percentage is for most bodybuilders?
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    You should achieve whatever BF% is most comfortable for you and your desired look. Only you can decide that.

    Posted the below in another thread:

    Via Tom Venuto (pretty accurate - IMHO):

    MEN (BF%):
    Competition Shape ("ripped"): 3-6%
    Very Lean (excellent): < 9%
    Lean (good): 10-14%
    Satisfactory (fair): 15-19%
    Improvement needed (poor): 20-25%
    Major improvement needed (Very poor): 26-30%+
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    Why does it matter what's "healthy"?

    x2 on the post above--basically.

    Do what makes you happy. If it's being lean, and having visible abdominals with a good cut-- 8-10% is your goal. If it's not a big deal, but not fat. 12-15% is fine.
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