Losing body fat is not the easiest of propositions; just ask anyone trying to lose that last ten pounds. It often seems the more persistent one is, the harder this stubborn body fat is to lose. Whether it is to get into top shape for a bodybuilding contest or to look good for the beach, fat loss is arguably the biggest incentive to train.
But just how much body fat should be lost to achieve the kind of definition that accentuates the separation between muscle groups, and highlights that all important abdominal area? It really depends on one’s goals.
An extreme level of conditioning is needed for bodybuilding purposes, while a smaller reduction is often all it takes to reveal a nice “beach body.” A certain amount of body fat is needed for survival purposes – around 3-4 percent for males and slightly higher for females – with higher percentages (around 10 percent for males and 15 percent for females) deemed within the healthy, acceptable range.
Losing the last 10 or so pounds of body fat is generally a hard thing to do, and the reasons for this are many and varied. Losing even more is, as would be expected, even harder. The best ways to lose fat are often dependant upon the level one is at, so it is best to plan accordingly.
Let us examine the most effective ways the severely overweight through to the advanced trainer can lose unsightly body fat.