Cutting and Shredding - Help!

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    Aug 08, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Hey guys! So I've gained a lot of muscle in the past year, and I've been eating very healthy for the most part, sticking to a mostly paleolithic diet. However, I can't seem to get down to a low BMI to cut and define my muscles the way I want to, specifically around my core.

    Anybody have any suggestions for diets that aren't too extreme or supplements that may help??

    Thanks in advance!
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    Aug 08, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    You look great, man. I don't know if you'd consider it extreme, but I've had good results with Intermittent Fasting using the Leangains approach (basically skipping breakfast and getting all your meals into an 8-hour window). The basic idea is that you're giving your body a longer window during which it can burn stored fat. It's been a lot easier than I expected and the results have been noticeable. Check out http://www.leangains.com/2010/04/leangains-guide.html.
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    Aug 08, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    First of all, you look great.

    BMI is a terrible judge of fitness for guys your size and fitness level. It just doesn't take into account that most of your weight is muscle. It's too generic a system. It puts me on the upper end of healthy just shy of overweight and I carry about 9 percent body fat. So, my first recommendation to you would be to totally ignore BMI.

    Just by looking at your pictures, I'd guess you're in the7-9 percent range of body fat though you might carry a higher number because of subcutaneous fat that you can't really see. Again, you look great - very healthy and athletic.

    But I know what you mean about wanting to be more cut. I feel that way too. I think a lot of it is genetic at the point you're at but it could be diet. You say you're eating paleo. Do you cheat at all? Alcohol? Dairy?

    The other thing that's helped me get just a bit more lean when I'm already low is fish oil. I take 3 tspns of Stronger, Faster, Healthier a day or 6 tspns of Carlson's. The SFH tastes way better and is more concentrated from higher quality sources.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Aug 09, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    There's only two things you need to know for cutting and shredding:

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