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kmorrissey
08-17-2010, 06:10 PM
in order to come in at 12% BF for my wedding, December 4th, 2010, when should i really hit the diet and workout hard? 8 weeks? 12 weeks out? (I am currently 16% BF). i've always thought about entering a fitness comp before so i thought i'd try to run this similarly and see how i do....

what are your thoughts?

thanks!

juliacheh
08-17-2010, 08:18 PM
12% body fat for women is contest condition (figure), extremely lean and not maintainable.
Looking at your pictures, you are probably in 20-22 range, definitely not 16%.

Emma-Leigh
08-18-2010, 01:00 AM
in order to come in at 12% BF for my wedding, December 4th, 2010, when should i really hit the diet and workout hard? 8 weeks? 12 weeks out? (I am currently 16% BF). i've always thought about entering a fitness comp before so i thought i'd try to run this similarly and see how i do....

what are your thoughts?

thanks!
1. agree with above.... if you want to get to 12% for christmas, start dieting now. GENERALLY speaking - for females who are not overweight, you take how much you have to lose (~ 10% BF) and x by 2, then add 2-3 weeks.

Looking at your pics - you are probably in the low 20's.... Which ISN'T horrible [http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=123726731 < Take a look at this thread on female bodyfat. Most females are never as lean as they think they are]... but it will mean it is going to take you a good 20-24 weeks to get anything NEAR 12%


2. Not an advanced fat-loss question. moved to regular section. ;)

Wesley1992
08-18-2010, 01:54 AM
in order to come in at 12% BF for my wedding, December 4th, 2010, when should i really hit the diet and workout hard? 8 weeks? 12 weeks out? (I am currently 16% BF). i've always thought about entering a fitness comp before so i thought i'd try to run this similarly and see how i do....

what are your thoughts?

thanks!

I also agree with the two statements above me, I doubt you are in the 12% BF range, no offense, just saying. You should start your diet ASAP cause you'll see more results. But if you wanna start when the time is right, here is a little formula to help you with that. BTW, these numbers where used as an example for another guy. You can just use your stats and plug them in.

1. Current Weight x Current BF% = Current BF
2. Current Weight - Current BF = Total Lean Body Mass
3. Current Weight x Desired BF% + Lean Body Mass = Weight at desired BF%
4. Current Weight - Weight at desired BF% = Amount of lbs need to be lost
5. Calorie deficit (ex. 650 cal) x 7 (7 days a week) / 3500 (3500 calories in 1 lb of fat) = Lbs of fat loss per week
6. Amount of lbs need to be lost / Lbs of fat loss per week = Time it takes to lose amount of fat (in weeks)
7. Time it takes to lose amount of lbs needed to be lost (in weeks) / 4 = Time to lose fat (in months)

1. 160 x .19 = 30.4
2. 160 - 30.4 = 129.6
3. 160 x .15 + 129.6 = 153.6
4. 160 - 153.6 = 6.4
5. 650 x 7/3500 = 1.3
6. 6.4/1.3 = 4.9
7. 4.9/4 = 1.22

kmorrissey
08-18-2010, 11:58 AM
12% body fat for women is contest condition (figure), extremely lean and not maintainable.
Looking at your pictures, you are probably in 20-22 range, definitely not 16%.

Ok, I'm just going by my 7 site caliper BF test that I get done every month. Besides, I'm not looking to maintain this...its just for the photos for my beach wedding.

kmorrissey
08-18-2010, 12:05 PM
1. agree with above.... if you want to get to 12% for christmas, start dieting now. GENERALLY speaking - for females who are not overweight, you take how much you have to lose (~ 10% BF) and x by 2, then add 2-3 weeks.

Looking at your pics - you are probably in the low 20's.... Which ISN'T horrible [http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=123726731 < Take a look at this thread on female bodyfat. Most females are never as lean as they think they are]... but it will mean it is going to take you a good 20-24 weeks to get anything NEAR 12%


2. Not an advanced fat-loss question. moved to regular section. ;)

Well I'm not obsessed with 12%. I was just basing that off the fact that my calipers were saying I am 16%. What do you think is a better goal for me? 14%? 15%? ect....I just want to look nice and lean for my beach wedding photos.