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My first issue with making a specific body-fat percentage your goal is related to logical reasoning rather than empirical scientific data. Simply put, nobody cares what your body-fat percentage is (including you, most likely). In my experience, body-fat goals are (at best) proxies that are believed to be roughly compatible with the true goal. For example, someone might want to get down to 20% body-fat because their most recent blood tests revealed high cholesterol and impaired glycemic control. They might assume that they can get those blood biomarkers in check if they’re able to get down to 20% body-fat, which may indeed be true. However, their goal isn’t actually the body-fat percentage; if they got to 20% body-fat and still had high cholesterol and impaired glycemic control, they wouldn’t have achieved the actual endpoints they were truly hoping for.

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