Hi Josh – Scott’s comments in this thread might be relevant: https://uphillathlete.com/forums/topic/appropriate-body-fat-range-for-the-uphill-athlete/
I am 15 weeks out from a mountain hunting trip and wondering how important is dropping my bodyfat should be this far out. I am 5’10 188 lbs with an estimated 18% bodyfat. I’m considering taking 5-6 weeks to cut a significant amount of fat by going on a pretty large caloric deficit and reduction in training volume then ramping up training the final 10 weeks and fueling properly at that ideal Bodyweight. Would this be more or less beneficial than trying to burn the weight off slowly? I find it very hard to lose weight using the slow method. Seems my body likes to hold on to the fat I have if I don’t shock it with a more significant deficit. Also how much would performance be improved being closer to 10-12% bodyfat?
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