finished the abs diet ... now what?

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    Jun 04, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    I've remained disciplined with my eatin habits for about 6-8 weeks. I know I have a long ways to go but I hate the fact that I cant select which areas of my body I want the fat to remain and go. Im worried that Ill lose the fat in my face and look ... older. Im having a hard time losing that excess fat around my stomach. I know it takes time, but the way im eating I dont know if I should increase my caloric intake.

    I cooked 6 times a day, and although i can fit into 29" waist D&G jeans, i still see that flab tire. I want to build more muscle but in the mean time, is liposuction a healthy or reasonable route to go, I just wanna focus on building muscle and not cutting calories and doing a shit load of cardio. it kinda seems counter productive. Im 163 lbs and im 6'0. But my BF% is probably around 13-14% ? not sure entirely.
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    Jun 04, 2008 11:36 AM GMT
    I am kinda in the same boat man. I have always heard that abs dont start fully showing until under 10% BF. So, according to that, you arent that far off. I would keep at it a little longer. Keep in mind when you bulk again, you probably will gain a little fat back, just because of the nature of the diet (more cal in than burned, weight gain) but as long as the nutrients and lifting are there, it should be mainly muscle gain.

    So once again, what I'm doing and what you can do is stay with it. Get to 7 or 8% and then bulk. I dont think you could look older being a little skinnier. But make sure you are working your abs so they can have a chance to show ASAP.

    Thats my 2 cents.
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    Jun 04, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    I think it's easier to do one thing or the other. Focus on losing body fat, or focus on gaining muscle. It's pretty tough to do both at once. If you want to gain weight (either muscle or fat) you need to take in more calories than you need. If you want to lose weight, you need to take in less.

    Are you at the point where you're happy with the size of your muscles? Maybe try to bulk up a bit more, with the understanding that you're going to lose some of that mass when you try to lower your body fat % more. If you want to lower your body fat percentage, lower your calories again (by about 250 calories a day at a time, over one week periods) until you start seeing the results that you want. You can alternatively increase your cardio. From what I've read, some guys lose too much muscle when they do tons of cardio, so it's easier to lower your calories slowly than it is to increase your cardio excessively.

    At the end of the day, you need to take accurate measurements at certain intervals (1 or 2 weeks is usually good) so that you can gauge your progress, and tune your calorie intake and calorie expenditure (exercise) appropriately.

    My own experience is that if you do this enough, you'll figure out how to get where you want. The whole thing is figuring out what your body responds to, and what it doesn't.

    Good luck!