Originally Posted by Steve Thomas
It's hilarious to hear guys at the gym waxing on about how low their body fat is. That bodybuilding.com forum post is a great visual look at what body fat percentages really look like.
Over the past 4 years I've gone from 260 and approximately 35% body fat to 180 and 15% body fat.
I've been on a cut for the past few weeks and have, for the first time in my life, started to see my abs.
The best advice I ever heard from a trainer (he's a professional in the natural body building circles): throw away the scale and all those body fat reading devices and look in the mirror.
This is true, especially with calipers. Depending on where you pinch and your technique, it's pretty much useless.
Another key factor in body fat is how you distribute your fat gain. Ideally, one would distribute their fat across their body in an even manner, but this isn't most people. When I add fat, all of it goes to my lower back/stomach, so in the past I've been careful when "bulking".