I'm not claiming to Mr. Lean here and I know where you coming from on that.
I'm 5'7" went from 195lbs at 30% BMI with a 265lbs bench, to 185lbs at 20% BMI with a 315lbs bench, now to 205lbs at 16% BMI with a 390lbs bench. I went from a 36" waist, to 32" waist, to a 33" waist. This was done over about 2 to 2 1/2 years. But, I still have the distended abdominal muscles. Even at 185lbs I had it.
When I flex my abs are ridged and they don't look bad outside of a little pug just below my belt line (I know, I know I'm working on it). It when I relax my abdominal muscles are still ridged but push out and give me a pot belly look. It's like I have a permanent Deca belly when I relax.
I will be starting a cut cycle in a few weeks and have started my diet for it 3 weeks ago. I would really hate to do the cut cycle and still have a distended abdomen.
Me at 214lbs while bulking 12/2010