Body fat reduction, health, homeostasis, and emotions
I have been interested for some time in reducing my body fat
to a level where my (striated) musculature is readily visible
under varied lighting conditions. I don't know what body fat
percentage this would be, although I bet it is around 3-6%.
The plastic Accu-Measure calipers I own say I'm around 10% now,
which is at the threshold of lean.
The theory as known by almost everybody in achieving a lower
level of body fat is a caloric deficit. The mechanisms for doing this
are (1) eat less, (2) increase caloric burning via activities, and
(3) do both (1) and (2).
My attempts to eat less usually fail because I get hunger pangs,
and I give into the fear that I am doing something harmful to my
body. I start thinking that my hair might fall out sooner, an organ
is on the verge of reaching a hazardous state, getting into a
car accident due to my reduced cognitive abilities, and so on.
The only activity I do now is to follow my weight training program
where I usually do 10 reps x 3 sets with about 5 seconds of rest
between sets, and about 4 - 6 exercises in a session. This system
allows me to have a high heart rate for an extended period of time.
I know that with running I can reduce my body weight as I lost
30 lbs in 2008 after a year of eating too many Subway BMT
sandwiches and a hiatus from the gym. I did this by running 1 hour
in the morning before work, and another hour after work for about
three months. Since then I have grown to hate cardiovascular
activities and do not see myself doing much more.
Since I hate cardio work, I'm left with mastering my food intake.
Is it possible to get a low body fat and break my plateau without
fighting my emotions? I am beginning to think that only people with a
naturally low body fat (highly ectomorph) or a surgeon are ever able
to do this while remaining well and stable.