Even 9% is hard to get if you don't have much muscle/LBM. The point is that no one way is the best for every person. The best approach is to do whatever will get you to stick with it long term. I tried and failed (multiple times) to lose fat before I started lifting. I would have been something like 145 at 5'11" (basically anorexic on my frame) if I ever achieved single digit BF%. It was a lot easier to put 180+ lbs. on my squat and 70+ on my bench (staying at basically the same weight) and then worry about fat once the strength gains stalled. In my experience, it is a lot easier to lose fat than increase strength. I cut 15 lbs. in less than 4 weeks and weigh less than I have in the past 4 years, but can squat over 2.5x as much. Even though I haven't had any accurate BF% measurements during that time, I think it's safe to say I'm much leaner than when I started, even if I'm nowhere close to single digit BF%.
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12/11/13 at 9:17pm