Don’t Skip Meals
If it’s not done correctly, working toward the lean body of a physique competitor can carry serious risk. Nine to 12 percent body fat is considered a lean body, but body-builders and physique competitors have around five to eight percent. If you try to achieve this kind of body carelessly — such as skipping meals to lose weight — you can create serious problems for your body. “What happens, when you start getting to five percent, this is your essential fat,” says White. “If you lose your essential fat, it can be very dangerous.” Even if you don’t experience extreme health issues, skipping meals can lead to sluggishness, tiredness, moodiness, and nutritional deficiencies.
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