Okay, so I understand aesthetics and athletics don't go hand-in-hand. Case in point- Chuck Liddell. But I got a little frustrated today, and I had to get it off my chest. I figured you guys in here to be the only to understand- besides, should it come to that, it hurts less to be ridiculed anonymously. I had my boss do a fitness evaluation on me, today. Part of the fitness evaluation is the BF% test. I said, "I already know my BF%," and he said, "Yeah, what is it, how'd you measure it?" I told him about the Tanita BC554 scale I ordered and how it's measured me over the past several days at an average of 16%. He then told me when he was in college (about a decade ago) one of his classes did a large-scale study on BF% monitors. They used as their reference the DEX measurement: Dual Energy X-Rays. This test provides as accurate a reading as the submersion tests. In comparison, he said, Tanita was the only brand of consumer scale models that was even reliably close to an acceptable deviation, especially if one consistently measured throughout a week and then calculated the averages; nonetheless, it tweaked (for example, it would occassionally read him at 20% when he was at 5%), and for some users never read reliably altogether. Since he was measuring me with the calipers (skin fold), he mentioned those too, and said that although you'll often hear them maligned, the end result of their test measured the calipers deviation to be 2%. I am 6'5", 248 lbs. He measured me with calipers, and my result was just over 10%. What are my woes, then, you ask? Alright, I'll admit, I was enthused to learn I had 10% bodyfat, but...I have a gut and handles. Consider that the healthy range for bodyfat in men my age is 7%-20%. Before, when I thought it was 16%, I figured, "Hey, I can easily lose 22-23 pounds, which is about 9% of my weight, and weigh 225 pounds with a 7%BF. I should be ripped." Now, the number I can "safely" lose is about 8 pounds, and that will be 240 lbs. This may not seem like a problem, but I was 13 pounds below that weight just a year and a half ago- not with the amount of muscle I have now, but not much less- and I still looked like a fucking Kenmore. My body just loves to put all that fat in my abdomen and back: none for my arms, legs, butt, chest. Maybe you think I'm a pillow fight pussy, but c'mon, how would you like it if you knew the physique you could realistically dream for was like that of the awe-inspiring Tim Sylvia? That guy was on Winstrol and I still couldn't distinguish him from Kirby on my gameboy. I thought the puffy white cloud had come to life. So that's enough, this has been long, but I wondered...how many of you have had the same problem? Do I have hope? What did you have to get your BF% down to for the bullet abs? Weere you always hungry? Did it affect your training? I want to fight, but I just broke up with my longtime GF, and I'm on the prowl too.