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What BMI to see abs?

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2004/10/27 05:42:45 (permalink)
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What BMI to see abs?

What BMI will I have to get down to in order to see my abs? I'm trying to set my goals and get things under control here. I've been trainging for almost 6 months now, and watching my diet carefully for about 1 month. I just want to know what it'll take to lose the stomach fat and see the abs.

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    XXXRicanXXX
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    RE: What BMI to see abs? 2004/10/27 07:09:02 (permalink)
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    don't go by BMI go by bodyfat%. Your BMI is a ratio of your height to weight. Since there are little abercrombie models that have abs at maybe a 24 BMI there are also pro bodybuilders that have abs at about 40 BMI. Though they're bodyfat is anywhere between 3-7% for all of them. That's the range you'll see abs. Unless you have large abs, then you can see them sometimes at ranges up to 15%. But that high it's not too common.
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    RE: What BMI to see abs? 2004/10/27 13:04:29 (permalink)
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    XXXRicanXXX: I appreciate the response, how do I go about checking how much bodyfat I have?

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    RE: What BMI to see abs? 2004/10/27 15:26:53 (permalink)
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    well, there are several ways. The most common that you could probably do unless your gym does fitness assessments is to buy a bioelectrical impedance scale. It sends an electrical current through your body to see how much fat is there. Though those can be skewed by you being dehydrated or overhydrated. They also have handheld ones. Another would be by skinfold test. That should be done by a professional or you could end up getting a result that is anywhere from 3-6% off. There are other methods but those are by far the cheapest. They sell skinfold calipers at GNC now but I still say get a professional to do it.

    You can get an idea by going to mybodycomp.com and go through their testing. Those reading tend to read a bit on the low side though so plan on adding 3-5% to the total. All you need for that one is a measuring tape (not like a carpenter's metal one ). Plus it's an easy way to keep track of your preportions.

    I'm a personal trainer so I get mine done for free just by doing them for the other trainers. And if you do get it done professionally you should get it done by the same person each time. user error is part of that 3-6%.
    Good Luck
    post edited by XXXRicanXXX - 2004/10/27 15:28:56
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    RE: What BMI to see abs? 2004/10/27 18:17:29 (permalink)
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    My recommendation is to get something along the lines of this:
    http://www.accumeasurefitness.com/products/fattrack.html

    practice until you can get a consistent reading. Then use this to get your first reading. It may be up to 5% off but it will give you a starting point to measure your progress. Unless you get down to 12% or so, this should be more than sufficient to track your progress. I use it to just the way that I use my eyes and a scale. As long as I see some progress I know I'm doing the right things.

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