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February 07, 2010

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inkblue

I totally agree. Getting to 20% is actually fairly easy if you aren't eating a lot of processed foods, and you exercise regularly. To get down to 15% takes more work, it's not impossible but you have to be dedicated. It's shocking the difference of what five pounds of body fat looks like. If Zuzana gained 5-6 pounds, she would look like Gretchen. Body fat is like an onion, the closer you are the center the more dramatic the difference. So if you have a lot of weight to lose, you actually won't see a difference for some time. Don't get discouraged changes are happening. 1% of body fat is only 1-2 pounds of fat.

Josh Hillis

Exactly! Everything you said is totally dead on.

Isab3l

This is great. It would be awesome if you could post more pictures of women and the BF% you estimate them to be at. I know a lot of girls who would be interested!

I've seen this collection of BF% comparison photos and always wished there was a female version: http://forums.johnstonefitness.com/showthread.php?t=31392

Marisa H

Great post! And very useful to see examples of the different bodyfat levels. Personally, the 14% look scares me a little bit (also, I don't think I have the self discipline to ever get there!). I do admire the women who are able to achieve that level, but I agree with you that a 20% bodyfat level is completely acceptable & awesome. Enjoyed reading your previous post as well. Keep them coming!

Dale Buchanan

This is a great post. Where do you get the pics?

Josh Hillis

That's a really cool link, I've never seen that!

I'd like to do at least a few more posts like this. I realized that for me to always be talking about body fat percentage, and then not really show what I mean, doesn't make sense.

I'm glad you like it!

Josh Hillis

And that's the thing that's so great, you totally get to choose which one works for you!

Josh Hillis

I get all of my stock photos from iStockPhoto.com.

At the level my blog is at now, I just try to credit celebrity photos. Which BTW, I'd forgotten this time, so thanks!

But I can't wait for the blog to get big enough, then I'm going to use GumGum to get all my celebrity photos.

Shaun Sinclair

Hi Josh

I truly did enjoy this post. Getting body fat % down is something I have been encouraging certain individuals to do (Although my goal is to teach people with muscle how to take it to the next level) for some time now. Especially guys that suffer from man boobs, as getting the body fat % down is one of the first things people may have to do to get the look they want. So it's good that you are pushing everyone to do so too!

Shaun
http://www.stayfitbug.com

Robin Feltner

Great post. I love hearing (and can't hear it enough) that 19%-20% is attainable. I like to play that on repeat in my head!

KVLZ

Hi there,

I am not disagreeing with you, but I do find it hard to believe that Zuzana is only 14-16% body fat. I am in the fitness industry and I work out regularly. Last time I got my body fat percentage taken professionally, they told me I was at 13% and I am definitely not as lean as Zuzana. I think that Zuzana is more in the 8-10% range as her skin is very thin and there does not seem to be much fat at all on her. I am 5'7, 115 lbs, which by my BMI (18.0) is underweight by 0.5. But I guarantee you that I am not underweight. Anyway, just my two cents. You can follow me on twitter if you want at www.twitter.com/kvlz

Josh Hillis

I think you're totally right. I'll adjust the post.

Josh Hillis

I mean, I still don't know if she's 8% body fat, but she's definitely under 16%.

Josh Hillis

It's totally realistic! Just takes time and discipline!

Ashley

Hey Josh,

Zuzana actually wrote a post last year on how to measure one's body fat percentage with calipers. She used her own body as an example, and came up with a result of 15% body fat:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2009/02/13/how-to-measure-and-calculate-your-body-fat-percentage/

So, it seems you were right on with your first estimate.

Maximus Amillius

I wonder what her dogs body fat percentage is? ....42% - 45% maybe?

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rainydaze

Zuzana has a alot of muscle on her (along with having little body fat)...and I can bet her BMI is higher than 20, that's why you say she looks leaner than you. Alot of fashion models, dancers, gymnasts have very little body fat too, but they don't look as lean because they have less muscle....At 8-10% body fat a woman stops looking like a woman...they also never stay at the BF% for long because it's simply unmaintainable and unhealthy for a woman....it's only female body builders, figure competitors who go that low when they're competing...they go back to 14-20% body fat as soon as competition's over. Btw, I doubt you are at 13% body fat. At that BF% you wouldn't be looking as good as you do. I've seen figure competitors with body fat below 15%...they have serious muscle definition, even the thinner ones among them, and it's not a look most women can attain easily, and not the kind of look most regular women want either.

Mvk 82

Hi, I would love to get down to 15% but I doubt it'll ever happen :(

Great post, very true though about looking great even in the slightly higher BF range. I like to tell myself that anyway.

Do you think you could hazard an educated guess at my BF %? I'm at http://myomytv.com

Cheers
Marianne

Zenclimber

I think Zuzana has a great body... but what about that girl who parodies her? I think she looks more healthy... see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvNQksK3rac

TomTaylor565

Wow, Zuzana has an incredible body. Could I please ask who parodies her?

Thanks for sharing.

http://www.fatlosstoptips.com/how-to-lose-fat-not-muscle/

Josh Hillis

Hi Marianne! You look to me about 17% bodyfat, whhich is really rockstar! Plus I checked out your videos, and your kettlebell form is awesome!

Josh Hillis

I know right! She's awesome!

Amanda Braddock

At first when I saw this post I thought 12-15% fat on Zuzana sounded about right, until today. I got my results back from a DEXA scan I did last week (the gold standard of body fat measurements, it doesn't get more accurate than this) - I'm at 13.7% (5'0", 98lbs - I'm tiny and strong!). I'm really lean but not yet as muscular as Zuzana - I'm not scaring-children-muscular or super ripped or anything. I do her workouts and weight train, but my eating habits still leave much room for improvement, so I will get there! But I do think she's either for sure less than 15% OR she's just has more muscle to fill things out and looks leaner.
When I got my results back I almost couldn't believe I was this lean without having to cut out carbs.
Anyway, just my two cents.

Amanda Braddock

Upon second review, I'm about as lean and muscular as Zuzana is here, in these pictures. I have her abs and arms. But this is a fairly old picture of her; she's significantly leaner-looking lately. Since I follow her website every day, I've come to think of her in her super super lean current form, which is attainable for me but I'm not there yet. I believe that maybe she was 12-15% here, but is now less than that. Probably closer to 8-10.

Josh Hillis

Wow Amanda, you're doing AWESOME! You totally get a double high five!!! And you're right, it really doesn't get any more accurate than a DEXA scan!

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