kyleray saidOk this question is for ya'll who have those fricking sick washboard abs.
Do you guys eat burgers?
Does consuming some fat make it harder to make the abdominis muscle more visible? How much fat can you get away with? I want a burger.
Little One, it's not as simple as all that.
Definition is a function of body fat levels. "Abs" show up at around 8% body fat and lower.
Body fat gets regulated by how, what, when, you eat, and, your activity level.
You've probably seen "skinny fat" with no muscle, and no abs. There's just not enough calories.
You're probably seen "big and ripped" with lots of muscle, and very lean: lots of calories, and lot of activity.
Understanding The Human Machine is what it gets down to. In particular, understanding the role of of insulin, and how it shapes body fat levels, and promotes anabolism, is critical. The short version: Small meals often, plenty of calories, lots of activity, and fast sugars only right after working out, makes for an optimized machine (a highy fueled furnace). You need to understand that relationship with insulin. It's NOT about calorie restriction, but, rather, stable blood sugar levels, and eating enough to support high activity levels. You'll want to research if further, on your own.
When I get super lean (say 6% and lower), I bring my calories UP, and get very busy with HIIT, and the body burns hot, and you get lean.
Your question doesn't have enough facts for an appropriate answer. We don't know what your activity level is, what your lean muscle mass is, and your current weight. You haven't provided the proper information. There's not enough information for a guess.
You NEED fats. You should have poly and mono fats EVERY day.
Here's my actual food intake for a day when I looked like I did above.
Keep your calories UP. Get busy with HIIT. Eat small meals often, keep the fast sugars to just post workout. You'll turn your body into raging furnace.
If you restrict calories, you'll stay small; you'll be sluggish; and your body will become optimized to store fat (it's called the feast famine syndrome ) and you'll induce metabolic lag and defeat yourself through a bad plan.
Understand, that guy in the mag (the fitness athlete or the body builder) is highly trained, taking goodies (AAS, diuretics, T3/T4) and is lighted just right. You won't look like that unless you do all those things. Don't starve yourself in an effort to get there. You'll just fuck up your metabolism, make yourself skinny, and look, and feel, like crap.
Eat. Lift. Go run bleachers, lines, do the stairs, play basketball, play hockey, etc. HIIT is where it's at. EAT. Eat the burger you want. Listen to your body. It's telling you to eat.