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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re sharing the common mistake why you can’t lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat.
This was a question from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 013.
@thegentlemanmma145 on Instagram asks: Hey Brad and Jess! I’ve been having trouble trying to lean down. I eat clean, I’m in a deficit, I lift weights, and I do MMA training, but I can’t seem to get away from the 14% body fat range. My weight goes up and down a lot. I really want to get to 10% body fat by the end of July. Do you have any tips to lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat? I know they’re the hardest to get rid of, so I’d appreciate any tips and feedback. Thanks guys!
Those last few pounds are definitely the hardest to get rid of.
Here’s the reason why you can’t lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat.
As your body fat % gets lower, it gets a little more stubborn because your body wants to have some body fat.
Having some body fat is healthy and good for you since it’s insulating and required for hormonal health.
This is why your body tries to store and hold on to those last few pounds of fat for survival.
You mentioned you are currently at 14% body fat.
The good news is, at 14% body fat, you would be above average for men when it comes to being lean,
To clarify, by saying “above average”, I mean you’re probably leaner than the average American man.
As a guess, I would say 20% body fat or more would be average for an American male.
However, I understand it’s not quite as low as you want to be since you’re into fitness.
Also, as a man, you can still go lower while maintaining your health.
If you were 10% body fat or under, I would say you’re good, and there’s no need to go any lower than that.
I say this all the time.
If you have hit a fat loss plateau, you have to change it up.
In your question, you mentioned you’re into weight lifting, you’re in a calorie deficit, and you’re into MMA training.
Based on this, my first question would be, how long have you been doing that for?
If you’ve been following the same:
Your body has probably hit a plateau, if you’ve been doing this for over 3 months.
In other words, your body knows exactly what’s happening, so it doesn’t have to adapt to get stronger.
For example, if your body had an inner voice it would say:
“Yo bro, it’s Monday, so that means it’s chest day. Just like every other Monday, we’ll start off with hitting the barbell flat bench press at 225 pounds…”
Your body has become used to and bored of the same repetitive routine.
Once your body adapts, it doesn’t need to improve since the training stimulus is so predictable.
This is why it’s so important to get out of your comfort zone, and change up your workout routine, especially when you’re looking to lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat.
My Live Lean Afterburn 2.0 metabolic strength training workout program is designed to bust through fat loss plateaus.
It’s a beast of a program, so I want you to go check it out here.
If you’ve been in a specific calorie deficit for a long time, especially if it’s too low, you may need to start eating a little bit more to recharge your metabolism.
Or maybe you need to go even lower with your calories, because you may actually not even be in a calorie deficit.
You could also pay closer attention to the types of food you’re eating.
Even if you’re in a calorie deficit, but you’re eating a lot of starchy carbohydrates or not enough protein, you may not see your body fat % go down.
If the vast majority of your calories are coming from carbohydrates, you could still lose weight, but that weight loss may come from muscle, not stored body fat.
When it comes to getting rid of those last few pounds of stubborn fat, being in a calorie deficit is not the only thing you should focus on.
I would also recommend that you start calculating your daily macronutrient intake, or change them up, along with the types of food you’re eating.
You could also incorporate a carb cycling protocol as well.
If you were working with Jessica as your 1-on-1 online coach, she could go deeper with you on this to find a customized solution.
In order to see a change in your body fat % levels, the bottom line is to change up whatever you’re currently doing.
Now I want you to go check out this video post on how to break through any fat loss plateau.
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