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Unread 08-19-2018, 02:28 PM
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Can someone please give me an estimate of my body fat percentage? Also, what's up with my abs? Are they just underdeveloped or is that just how my abs look, i.e. genetics?






I am 6'2, and fluctuate between 164 lbs and 171 lbs, depending on carb and sodium intake. I wanted to start a very long, lean bulk, but I feel like I need to drop my body fat percentage down a couple more points before I start the bulk.



As you can see from my pics, my main problem area are the sides of my lower back. That part is the only reason I am still cutting. However, I want to finish this cut as soon as possible because I am scared of muscle loss if I continue. I am currently lifting heavy about 3 or 4 times a week and consuming between 220 grams and 250 grams of protein per day in order to stave off muscle loss.

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Unread 08-19-2018, 08:53 PM
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You are plenty lean, just not super developed. At your weight/height, you should totally bulk. I guess you could lean out more, but that means losing like two pounds of fat during a dark struggle. You could totally start bulking right now. You're going to gain the fat back, either way.

I'm honestly surprised by your weight. That is light for your height. I think that looks just like 10% and not very well fed

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Unread 08-21-2018, 11:27 AM
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You are plenty lean, just not super developed. At your weight/height, you should totally bulk. I guess you could lean out more, but that means losing like two pounds of fat during a dark struggle. You could totally start bulking right now. You're going to gain the fat back, either way.

I'm honestly surprised by your weight. That is light for your height. I think that looks just like 10% and not very well fed
Thanks for the reply. I think I will eat at maintenance for a couple of weeks to up regulate hormones, before starting a bulk.

By the way, if you think I'm light, you should have seen me when I was boxing when I was younger. I was 6'2, fighting at 141 lbs (amateur weight class). I had to kill myself to make weight.
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Also, what's up with my abs? Are they just underdeveloped or is that just how my abs look, i.e. genetics?
I'm interested in this. I wouldn't like not to have visible abs after leaning out
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Unread 01-14-2019, 12:20 PM
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I'm interested in this. I wouldn't like not to have visible abs after leaning out
If it's genetic, you were born with it. A little better hydration and isolation work would probably make the other guy's abs look better, but who knows?

Always a good practice to train abs if that's something you care about.
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Unread 01-14-2019, 03:09 PM
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If it's genetic, you were born with it. A little better hydration and isolation work would probably make the other guy's abs look better, but who knows?

Always a good practice to train abs if that's something you care about.
From his photos he just needs to lean out more. Years ago when I leaned out I looked like that. Then down the line I realized actual ab level leanness is much more to go.
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Unread 01-14-2019, 08:04 PM
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From his photos he just needs to lean out more. Years ago when I leaned out I looked like that. Then down the line I realized actual ab level leanness is much more to go.
Dude, how many years ago? You are pretty huge, compared.

He could just get leaner, yeah. But abs don't always look great. Like faces. At 6'2, between 164 and 171, that's a lot of water moving around, and not a lot of weight. Looks like the end of a cut. Probably dehydrated, yeah, probably his weigh in was on the lower end. Improved leanness and some refeeding, better appearance.

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Unread 01-15-2019, 09:25 AM
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Oh idk like 8 ish years ago? I meant- when I cut down first couple times I thought I was lean but was really low teens best case that's what it looks like hes at. Even going from visible 4 pack to actually having no fat around your low abs now for me is an easy 10 to 15 lbs difference.
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Unread 01-15-2019, 01:38 PM
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Oh idk like 8 ish years ago? I meant- when I cut down first couple times I thought I was lean but was really low teens best case that's what it looks like hes at. Even going from visible 4 pack to actually having no fat around your low abs now for me is an easy 10 to 15 lbs difference.
Yeah, you right.

I don't even bother getting lean, anymore. I can be pretty fat with a 4 pack, though. I can roll my belly, too!
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Unread 01-26-2019, 01:23 AM
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Oh idk like 8 ish years ago? I meant- when I cut down first couple times I thought I was lean but was really low teens best case that's what it looks like hes at. Even going from visible 4 pack to actually having no fat around your low abs now for me is an easy 10 to 15 lbs difference.
agree with this... i have very high abdominal fat storage compared to the rest of my body... i'd be lean as heck in my arms, shoulders, and quads but my abs would still have that 4 pack look and i thought it was just lack of development.

Now it WAS partially due to lack of development but it was also because i needed to lose another 10 lbs of fat. When you're dieting down to LEAN the first time you think you're getting 'close' a lot earlier than you really are...


Also, are you doing a regimen of squats/deadlifts along with pushup/pullups? I find those four (particularly the first two) exercises made a much bigger differernce in my abs than any ab machine/exercises ever did. Also, they helped with fat loss a lot more...
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