3 Things I’ve Learned From Getting To 8% Body Fat

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In this video you’re going to discover the three things I’ve learned from getting to 8% body fat. It’s a bit of a longer one; I wanted to share with you guys how to it feels like to diet below 10%.
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Getting below 10% body fat to that range of 6-8% is no small feat.

It’s challenging both physically and mentally.

Your body is fighting back harder and harder the leaner you get. Hunger signals, loss of libido, anxiety, fatigue, lack of focus are just some of the symptoms when you’re in a severe calorie deficit for months and months.

I took the whole journey as a big challenge. The goal wasn’t competing in a bodybuilding show, a modeling gig or a photo shoot.

The idea behind getting to 8% body fat for me (and below) as to challenge me. I felt like I haven’t done anything extreme for a while and it was time to try out something new.

And this is why I would recommend to everyone to try it out at least one. It’s going to be hard, restricting food and dieting isn’t easy, but it will teach you a lot about yourself.

In this video, I’m going to share with you guys a few lessons I’ve learned on the journey to 8% body fat. Enjoy! And let me know in the comments below if you’re planning to do a similar diet soon.

Summary of lessons (I share much more on these points in the video, and also talk about individual studies that might help you understand these points better)

Lesson #1 – You’ll develop self-confidence and self-trust.

As you’re fighting off hunger, restricting your calories and everything feels very stressful you realize how challenging life can be, and how difficult life is for most people who aren’t luckily to live with an abundance of food available.

And despite the fact that you’re sometimes so hungry you want to bite off your finger you slowly adapt.

It becomes slightly easier to deal with it, you know you’re going to wake up tomorrow. And hunger isn’t an emergency anymore; it’s normal.

You also learn the difference between real hunger and fake hunger. Which if you’re doing something like intermittent fasting you already experienced.

Lesson #2 – Gratefulness for food

We’re rarely grateful for the opportunities we have today. This is the first time in history that we as a species are this well fed. And we don’t appreciate it.

It takes an extreme diet, and a lot of restriction to realize the value of abundance we have today. It’s not something that we should take for granted.

Lesson #3 – Find ways to celebrate progress.

Often we forget that it’s our responsibility to find ways to celebrate.

I used photos, weight scale, tape measure, caliper, MyFitnessPal, sheets and accountability partners to help me find things to celebrate.

Finding enjoyment in the process, when things get hard is what makes it all worth it.

You can see yourself winning; You understand how you’re dealing with this enormous challenge and it’s a precious feeling.

So many times we think there’s no reason to celebrate, everything looks negative and hopeless while in reality, that’s just our interpretations of things.

The truth is, you can always find something to celebrate and be grateful for, and it’s a skill a lot of us have completely forgotten.

Videos to check out:
– Getting To 6% Body Fat: Expectations Vs Reality (My Experience)
– How to setup your macros
– How to estimate your calories
– 3 Things You Need To Give Up To Get Ripped And Lean

Studies mentioned:
– Is there evidence for a set point that regulates human body weight?
– Body Weight Set-Points: Determination and Adjustment
– 382 days of fasting in a row study
– Eating behaviors as predictors of weight loss in a six-month weight loss intervention.
– Quantification of the homeostatic control of human energy intake.

Talk soon, Mario

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  1. This is defo not about survival of the fittest, it’s about survival of the most adaptable, about learning along the way, making adjustments and persevering and being disciplined, cool videos man, real genuine and truthful

  2. I agree with you, it’s hard to fight the hunger, but, something that helps me a lot is keeping my blood sugar stable, hunger is more manageable. Thank you for your videos, and, you are right, we need to be more thankful for all the food we have.

  3. nothing personal but i thought we was going to get some actual advice on how too …. not just rambling ..

  4. Sure your body can handle it, but think about the damage you’ll put on your neuron connectors or brain from lack of nutrition’s. Unless you want to become less intelligent, I wouldn’t recommend fasting on water and “multi-vitamins” alone. At least eat fruits and vegetables with plenty of water in your diet.

  5. Hey Mario! Where do u live in Mexico?! Never imagine that! I also live here and I’ve been following your channel 4 a while

  6. I have been telling this to my girl and my grandson. Its ok to be hungry. I like the power of being able to overcome and not being a slave to perceived desire to eat. Good video

  7. absolutely loved the content, line of thought and articulated info of this video. loved it. Just subscribed and liked the vid.

  8. Absolutely agree on the hunger point. I’m cutting now, I’m far from super lean, in the 11% range, just trying to drop to 10%. But I understand what actual hunger is now, and how to be satisfied for hours on maybe a 20% full tank, instead of always gorging myself to 80-100%.

    I find that’s the easier way to cut. Being hungry when I’m going about my day, moving around, working, etc.. that’s fine. But being hungry when I’m trying to sleep? No way I can cope with that. Which is why I save most of my daily calories for one large meal an hour before sleeping. It’s not really intermittent fasting since I do eat small snacks before then, but it’s similar to it.

  9. why don’t you ever talk about how going below 10℅ is unhealthy, not even talking about all the lean mass you’ll lose and how flat you’ll look (if you’re a natural)

  10. Great words of wisdom – just started dieting so I’ll be incorporating a few of these tips 🙂
    P.s. do you have a podcast? You have a lot of good content!

  11. useful info. But your videos are always lengthy. Keep them short and neat. Do you necessarily need 18 mins to talk about just 3 things. I don’t have the patience to watch the entire video