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    What % body fat do I need for a six pack? four pack? two pack?

    My current target is 10% body fat. I have about 12 lbs left to lose.

    What % body fat do I need to be to have a six pack? four pack? two pack?
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    Everybody is different, but here is the rough guideline I have seen and have heard:

    14-16% you should see your top two abs, and the outline of the next two
    12-14% you should see your top two pretty clearly, and the next two should be pretty clear
    11-12% your top four should be easily visible, maybe a slight outline of the next two. But probably not yet.
    10% - should have the top four pretty cut and very easy to see whereas #5 and #6 should have a decent outline.

    Under 10% its kind of a crap shoot. Some people have a cut six pack at 10%, some need to get closer to 8.
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    The above outline is as good as any, but yes, it's going to vary by an individual's fat distribution pattern and degree of abdominal development.

    AND, it's going to depend on your degree of optimism, as "showing" and "definition" are subjective.

    I'm a "glass-half-full" kind of guy, and when I'm like (in reality) 20% BF and can kind of make out the top two abs under optimal lighting condition, abs flexed, and the moon to my back effecting the tidal distribution of my fat stores, I tend to consider abs "showing". Hence I often think that I really must be about 15%. Even though I'm not.
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    im about 13/14% bf and can only see faint definition in my abs when im standin and when im sittin i can see all the nasty layers of fat that arnt otherwise visible i also had a hernia so ab work is out of the question which means i have to shoot for single digits for visble abs
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    Just another point, but genetics will determine if you will have a 4/6/8 pack. You may reach low enough bf% where on paper you should have a 6 pack, but in reality you only have a 4 pack. Look at Arnold in his prime, obviously he was low enough BF but he always rocked the 4 pack, just dont get discouraged if you are 2 abs short.
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    Originally Posted by SicilianFool View Post
    Just another point, but genetics will determine if you will have a 4/6/8 pack. You may reach low enough bf% where on paper you should have a 6 pack, but in reality you only have a 4 pack. Look at Arnold in his prime, obviously he was low enough BF but he always rocked the 4 pack, just dont get discouraged if you are 2 abs short.
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    Originally Posted by buckiaj View Post
    Everybody is different, but here is the rough guideline I have seen and have heard:

    14-16% you should see your top two abs, and the outline of the next two
    12-14% you should see your top two pretty clearly, and the next two should be pretty clear
    11-12% your top four should be easily visible, maybe a slight outline of the next two. But probably not yet.
    10% - should have the top four pretty cut and very easy to see whereas #5 and #6 should have a decent outline.

    Under 10% its kind of a crap shoot. Some people have a cut six pack at 10%, some need to get closer to 8.
    Don't forget...

    12-14% with a body that doesnt like shedding fat off the stomach section and you still won't have any visible abs.

    Bottom line. For many men, even being in the low teens doesn't ensure visible abs as many of us have bodies that cling on to stomach fat for dear life. Genetics play a big role in this also.
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