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    Question Body Fat Percentage Needed for Visible Abs

    I have been cutting for two weeks now. I went to have my body fat percentage measured by a professional, and the result was 11%. I don't know how this can be accurate because, as you can see, I have a decent amount of fat, especially around my waist.

    Assuming that the measurement was accurate, given my physiognomy, at what body fat % can I expect to have visible abs?

    I am 6'1, 200 lb by the way.

    Thank you.

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    How did you get measured?
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    Originally Posted by keviikev View Post
    How did you get measured?
    With calipers, at four points: arm, chest, waist, and leg.
    Done twice for accuracy.
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    12% to see the 4 pack

    and around 10-11% for a six pack but you need abs, because they are also a muscle
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    your not to far from visible abs drop the bodyfat around 10% and work them abs twice a week along with regular training and u will get your goal running is one of the best ways to trim the fat around the mid section
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    Originally Posted by sb8160 View Post
    12% to see the 4 pack

    and around 10-11% for a six pack but you need abs, because they are also a muscle
    Well if I'm really 11%, as I was told, then why don't I have even a four pack?
    Maybe it's just my body type...do some people retain fat around the waist more than others?
    Given my body structure, what should I be doing to attain that six pack?

    I currently eat at a caloric deficit, maintain a high protein intake, lift three times a week, and do cardio twice a week...
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    Originally Posted by tironci007 View Post
    Well if I'm really 11%, as I was told, then why don't I have even a four pack?
    Maybe it's just my body type...do some people retain fat around the waist more than others?
    Given my body structure, what should I be doing to attain that six pack?

    I currently eat at a caloric deficit, maintain a high protein intake, lift three times a week, and do cardio twice a week...
    hardly looks like u work out...u need to work out to see the muscles.
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    For me it was around 9%.
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    8-10%BF to see your abs - relaxed.
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    start doing weighted ab work if you're not already... I was around 11-12% with little to no visible abs..started to do some leg raises holding a DB between my feet and other various weighted ab exercises..and it really makes a difference... almost have full 6-pack without flexing at around the same BF%
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    Originally Posted by Optical View Post
    hardly looks like u work out...u need to work out to see the muscles.
    I am working out, though! Thrice a week.
    Maybe it's because I'm eating at too much of a calorie deficit.

    I forgot to mention that I am also on the Ephedrine/Caffeine stack. I usually end up eating about 1300 a day. I know this seems low for my height/weight, but it seems to be working. I have loads of energy, my lifts are increasing, and I feel good.
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    Originally Posted by tironci007 View Post
    I am working out, though! Thrice a week.
    Maybe it's because I'm eating at too much of a calorie deficit.

    I forgot to mention that I am also on the Ephedrine/Caffeine stack. I usually end up eating about 1300 a day. I know this seems low for my height/weight, but it seems to be working. I have loads of energy, my lifts are increasing, and I feel good.

    205 lbs, and your lifts are increasing on 1300 cals a day? My guess is you haven't been working out with the right amounts of weight (not heavy enough). I find it very difficult to believe you are getting stronger while being in at least a 1000 calorie deficit (more like 1500 most likely). Eat more food, train harder, and you will get those abs. When you starve, your body hold onto fat, mostly in the stomach area.
    Cutting sucks.
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    There is no set universal body fat percentage to where people see abs, it is different for everyone. Some can see at 15%, some have to get all the way down to 10%.

    It's hard to tell, but judging by that pic I'd say you are around 12-13ish. Do you do any separate ab workout at all? If not, throw in a day or 2 a week of ab work to really get some definition in the abs, but don't start neglecting the kitchen work either at the same time.
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    Abs are like any other muscle; the bigger they are, the easier they are to see. Some people will show abs at higher body fat than others. A number of bigger guys can look aesthetic at higher body fat percentages.

    Simple, but true.
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    Is it physically possible to build muscle while eating at a calorie deficit. I swear, I'm eating many calories under maintenance, and i feel that I am growing???
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    Too many variables. Depends on how developed the abs are. I've seen people with 15% BF with abs popping, and 1 guy I know is about 8%, veins all over his shoulders...NO abs at all...
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    try doing more abs exercise with resistance.
    Here is my abs routine:
    4 sets of the following
    1.inclined crunches 12 reps followed by 12 reps leg raises immediately
    2. 2 min plank with 30 sec rest between sets

    This is awfully painfully but you will get use to it eventually. It helped my abs to get extremely veiny. Remember to squeeze your abs hard when holding the plank position.
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