How long will it take you to see your abs?

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    Aug 29, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    Assuming you can't already see them. OR how long until you reach your desired body fat percentage?

    7-14 weeks for me to get to 8%.

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    Aug 29, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    From 70 lbs overweight, it took 2 years...doing it very slowly as a lifestyle instead of rushing it.

    Now I'm almost 3 years in and just maintaining.
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    Aug 29, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    BTW, the first year was figuring out which foods my body responded to the best and that I actually liked. Now my diet tastes better than it did when I was fat.
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    thanks paulflexes. there is definitely a lot of trial and error involved in figuring out what your body responds to.
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Dayton31 saidthanks paulflexes. there is definitely a lot of trial and error involved in figuring out what your body responds to.
    Mine responds best to touching and caressing and groping, but broccoli and chicken and fish and spinach are great, too. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 29, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    I gave up checking my body fat percentage a couple months ago. About a month ago I visually saw that I had a slight gain in body fat. On one hand it made me look fuller, but on the other hand it covered some of the delineated lower abs and veins I had previously seen.
    My new approach has been to decrease carbs during the second half of the day. Within two weeks I have seen results. At this pace I keep seeing more and more of my abs peaking thorough. One month from now there will be more visible. Unfortunately I had a setback this afternoon and ate 6 oz of chocolate (3 oz b/s and 3 oz milk).
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    Sep 01, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Well, I'm trying to bulk up soooo.. I have to put on more muscle before I can start trimming away. icon_neutral.gif I think I'm at 11% body fat? I still can't see all of my abs yet. How does one go about calculating body fat anyway? >>
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    Sep 02, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    ParadiseLost saidWell, I'm trying to bulk up soooo.. I have to put on more muscle before I can start trimming away. icon_neutral.gif I think I'm at 11% body fat? I still can't see all of my abs yet. How does one go about calculating body fat anyway? >>


    Watch the video in the original post. It will explain the equation.
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    Sep 02, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBTW, the first year was figuring out which foods my body responded to the best and that I actually liked. Now my diet tastes better than it did when I was fat.


    I'm intrigued Paul as I have never been overweight but have always struggled to get that elusive 6pack - even though my diet is relatively good. How have your food choices changed and how do the tastes compare?
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    Sep 02, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidBTW, the first year was figuring out which foods my body responded to the best and that I actually liked. Now my diet tastes better than it did when I was fat.


    I'm intrigued Paul as I have never been overweight but have always struggled to get that elusive 6pack - even though my diet is relatively good. How have your food choices changed and how do the tastes compare?
    Fresh healthy food has a much better taste than greasy unhealthy food. The only prohibitive part is the price; but that can be lowered by filling up on veggies and eating just enough meats to get the protein you need.
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    Sep 02, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    Well rats! I have been working on my boat instead of working out for the last two or three weeks, and I see that mine have mostly disappeared again icon_cry.gif

    So I'm hoping that it's two or three weeks...



    oh... I might have had a few beers during that week that the weather was actually hot
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    Sep 02, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Quoting Johnny Mathis: "Until the 12th of never, and that's a long, long time...."


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    Sep 02, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    For me, I don't really measure my body fat and all I really did was do at least 3 sets of 25-30 crunches a night and try to eat better. I so some slight results in probably a month. But the only time they are actually visible is if I push in my stomach. I still have a long way to go but I'm in no hurry lol And plus, I don't want to get ultra defined abs, more like 40-50% defined since I'm trying to bring out my chest more and I don't really like ultra defined abs. icon_confused.gif

    But yeah, I think it depends on the person. Good diet is always good and I agree with paulflexes, looking for healthy food that you enjoy makes it more easier. Like I really like fish, chicken, and broccoli. icon_smile.gif