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    (Original post by member910132)
    No, it is an important number. When you cut below 6% BF then you start going into danger zone, as you need the BF to keep your organs in place and stuff. So if I am at 6 and am not ripped then how low do I got to go ?
    Unless the issue here is that I have no muscle, so no matter how low I go I won't get ripped.
    'Fat to keep your organs in place and stuff'. Dude your knowledge of anatomy is awesome. Are you a doctor or something?

    It's only an (arguably) important number when it's correct. You are not at 6%. Bodyfat callipers are notoriously innacurate and are particularly innarcurate on sedentary individuals with little to no body mass.

    Your actual bf% is probably quite high but there is so little of you that the callipers don't have anything to latch onto and as a result give you some bull**** low reading.

    Get down the gym, start lifting properly and you'll soon not care what your bf% is because you'll start to look better- and that's really what matters.
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    I think calipers tend to underestimate body fat percentage a lot of the time, especially in those with low lean mass. And never trust body fat calculators!

    This is a skinny guy who was measured by DEXA at only 6% body fat, so it's genna be ripped no matter what size you are: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0092.jpg

    To be honest, it really doesn't matter what body fat level you are at. If you are very skinny but not defined, then you lack any appreciable amount of muscle mass so the answer is to go on a bulk and lift heavy.

    Good luck.
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    if you want a six pack just meet my female friend who seems to catch a really bad cough every now and again :') it's pretty remarkable how she gained a 6 pack in a couple of weeks from a bad cough and by bad I mean bad she spent like 70% of her time coughing :L
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    (Original post by StressReliever)
    I think calipers tend to underestimate body fat percentage a lot of the time, especially in those with low lean mass. And never trust body fat calculators!

    This is a skinny guy who was measured by DEXA at only 6% body fat, so it's genna be ripped no matter what size you are: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0092.jpg
    I honestly find this physique rather odd :eek:

    It's like he hasn't eaten anything!
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    (Original post by kka25)
    I honestly find this physique rather odd :eek:

    It's like he hasn't eaten anything!
    Yes he looks starved and ripped at the same time, not a good look at all.

    This pic is even more disturbing: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0102.jpg
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    (Original post by StressReliever)
    Yes he looks starved and ripped at the same time, not a good look at all.

    This pic is even more disturbing: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0102.jpg
    :eek4:

    He needs a huge papaya for dinner!

    Ironically though, his face doesn't show the signs of a starved person? :eek:
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    (Original post by kka25)
    :eek4:

    He needs a huge papaya for dinner!

    Ironically though, his face doesn't show the signs of a starved person? :eek:
    You're right, his face doesn't even look remotely gaunt. Being young probably helps with that. I don't think a 40 year old man could get away with 6% body fat without some facial wasting like a 20 year old can.
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    (Original post by StressReliever)
    You're right, his face doesn't even look remotely gaunt. Being young probably helps with that. I don't think a 40 year old man could get away with 6% body fat without some facial wasting like a 20 year old can.
    I think so too. I think Whitney Houston tried that (in her late 30s or middle 40s), but it backfired. She looked so gaunt really :eek:
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    (Original post by StressReliever)
    I think calipers tend to underestimate body fat percentage a lot of the time, especially in those with low lean mass. And never trust body fat calculators!

    This is a skinny guy who was measured by DEXA at only 6% body fat, so it's genna be ripped no matter what size you are: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0092.jpg

    To be honest, it really doesn't matter what body fat level you are at. If you are very skinny but not defined, then you lack any appreciable amount of muscle mass so the answer is to go on a bulk and lift heavy.

    Good luck.
    If that guy is 6% then I am more like 8-9.
    I just calced it using different body measurements and a different formula and I got 9.5%.
    I guess on average I would be around 9%, so I need to bulk up.
    If I am an ectomorph and need 2200 cals a day to maintain, then how many should I eat whilst bulking ? 3000 okay ?
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    (Original post by member910132)
    If that guy is 6% then I am more like 8-9.
    I just calced it using different body measurements and a different formula and I got 9.5%.
    I guess on average I would be around 9%, so I need to bulk up.
    If I am an ectomorph and need 2200 cals a day to maintain, then how many should I eat whilst bulking ? 3000 okay ?
    Yes whatever body fat level you are, if you are skinny with little definition then you need to bulk. Typically add 500 calories to bulk. But 2200 sounds a little low for maintenance if you're not sedentary. So 3000 should be good.

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