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What Bodyfat Percentage for Abs?

hey all,
i was just wondering how to get an even bigger burn in my abdominals to help them,for lack of better term,“pop” sooner. when i started i was 220lbs and had around a 20% BF i am currently still 220lbs but ive cut my BF to 15%, i am starting to see some definiton, but not as much as i would like.

I guess my real question is, does my BF need to be significantly lower before they< my abs, really start to show? As well what forms of core work, other than crunches, leg raises, and planks can help accelerate the process. any and all feedback is appriciated thanks for your time

if that is your current condition in your avi, you are not 15% BF lmao…

heavy deadlifts

heavy squats

leg raises/v-ups

but most importantly? DIET… (this mean you will have to stop eating shit…sorry)

cals in < cals out

[quote]Andrewdwatters1 wrote:
cals in < cals out[/quote]

false

EDIT: well, not exactly false, but grossly oversimplified

I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.[/quote]

lmao what?

[quote]Mr. Walkway wrote:

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.[/quote]

lmao what?[/quote]

whats funny?

When you eat excessive carbs, you store excessive glycogen and subq water. When you reduce those carbs, that bloat reduces a bit as well.

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Mr. Walkway wrote:

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.[/quote]

lmao what?[/quote]

whats funny?

When you eat excessive carbs, you store excessive glycogen and subq water. When you reduce those carbs, that bloat reduces a bit as well.
[/quote]

oh ok, that makes sense… my bad i didnt know you were referring to the excess water that glyocgen draws

my mistake

that isnt my current avi mr.walkway dont have a camera to upload new ones, and thanks guys.

[quote]Mr. Walkway wrote:

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Mr. Walkway wrote:

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.[/quote]

lmao what?[/quote]

whats funny?

When you eat excessive carbs, you store excessive glycogen and subq water. When you reduce those carbs, that bloat reduces a bit as well.
[/quote]

oh ok, that makes sense… my bad i didnt know you were referring to the excess water that glyocgen draws

my mistake[/quote]

lol not a problem. I should have been more specific.

[quote]Forcesguy wrote:
that isnt my current avi mr.walkway dont have a camera to upload new ones, and thanks guys. [/quote]

How much weight have you lost since that pic Forces? Just out of curiosity.

But yea, bottom line is, bf needs to be significantly lower to see 6 pack. All the crunches and deadlifts in the world won’t make them “pop” if there is still a layer of fat blanketing them.

thanks iron, and i havent lost any “weight” but ive gotten slightly slimmer while sticking around 220lbs which i think is ok

[quote]ironmanzvw wrote:

[quote]Obisidian wrote:
I’ve found that really dialing in my diet makes my abs way more visible at higher body fat levels. I’m getting around 20% above maintenance right now, am around 14% body fat, and still have a little bit of definition. When I’m monitoring my carb intake at the same body weight and body fat, though, I look and feel much leaner than if I’m stuffing my face with hamburgers.[/quote]

Same here. I can visibly see the difference in my midsection within days of controlled carbs. It’s just the glycogen bloat disappearing.[/quote]
Ditto, controlled carbs+no bread and milk for me