So i went to the doctors about 1 week ago for a checkup and near the end of my visit i asked the doc if its possible to find out my bf percentage and she said "I'm sorry we don't have equipment like that around here" What kind of a freakin doctors office is this?
Is there a way to find out what bf percentage i have without the doc telling you. I'm about 15-20 lbs overweight and want to know how low i should cut before i start seeing my ab muscles.
I know i could be wrong but my guestimate is probably 16-17% bf.
Thread: How to figure out bf percentage?
03-23-2007, 04:40 PM #1
How to figure out bf percentage?
03-23-2007, 05:03 PM #2
Really only a doctor specifically treating athletes or sports related stuff will have that kind of thing. Probably 80% of them wont, its not him being lazy or bad at his job. You can try the circumference method, but its pretty inaccurate. Just Google it for instructions.
As for when you see your abs, as has been answered at least a hundred times here, it varies a bit. Between 12% and 8% I'd say, for a 6-8 pack. Depends on genetics and the strength of the muscles though, so you may find this to be inaccurate.
03-23-2007, 06:01 PM #3
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Playing the body fat estimation game can be deceiving at times, even with the most accurate techniques. Also, most people tend to under estimate the amount of fat they actually have in the beginning of a diet.
Post some pics and people can usually narrow it down pretty good for ya.In the pasture of life, don't be a cowpie.
03-23-2007, 06:30 PM #4
Also, no way you will have a 6 pack at 16-17%. Need to get much lower. See my profile picture? That is at 16-17%. Maybe a hint of upper abs, but nothing to be proud of (yet, I'm cutting).
A lot of the folks here have a pretty good eye for at least getting you in the right direction, so if you post some pics, they can help you. (no homo).
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