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    Angry why can't I lose the damn body fat around my waist?!

    Ok so I'm in pretty good shape now i lost about 20lbs i'm 5'9 180 pretty built on chest, shoulders, arms, legs, but my abs are lagging behind... i did a low carb diet and took some oxyelite and i did great i'm toning up pretty good but i just can't get to tighten my waist area... i'm still somewhat on the low carb diet but i feel like i don't have energy to work out if i dont eat... i'm not doing as much cardio as i should but i do run at least once or twice a week and i run for 3 to 6 miles and my pace is about 8'30 a mile i take preworkout supplements and recovery supplements... haven't tried whey protein but i'm about to start... do you guys think that will help or what is going on??? i really dont want to lose anymore weight i just want to tighten up that area... tips please... and also if i violated any rules or anything please be kind with me its the first time i post in this place and it is just so overwhelming with information.

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    if you havent got the energy to work out your not eating enough i think you should address this first
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    It sounds like you still need to drop bodyfat (to tighten up, as you put it) but it also sounds like you're having energy issues and it could be a number of things (sleep, carb intake too low, calorie deficit too low, etc)


    I am curious about the following:

    What is your current calorie intake and do you know your breakdown of prot/fat/carb in grams?

    What is your maintenance level for calories?

    Are you losing weight over the past 3-4 weeks?
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    Originally Posted by SideSteal View Post
    It sounds like you still need to drop bodyfat (to tighten up, as you put it) but it also sounds like you're having energy issues and it could be a number of things (sleep, carb intake too low, calorie deficit too low, etc)


    I am curious about the following:

    What is your current calorie intake and do you know your breakdown of prot/fat/carb in grams?

    What is your maintenance level for calories?

    Are you losing weight over the past 3-4 weeks?
    what's up sidesteal, yeah man still learning the lingo i guess haha anyhow yeah i need to lose the body fat around my waist. I just want to get real lean. Honestly, i'm not too good at keeping a good nutrition log but my diet consists of eggs, turckey links and bacon and two hard eggs in the am (it's always the same, because that;s all they have... i'm in the military and deployed to afg so I just get to eat whatever they have for us) and for lunch i'm eating salads with dressing, various kinds of vegetables, i stay away from corn and potatoes and things of the like, i stay away from pastas unless there's nothing else to eat, and I eat a lot of meat i.e. chicken, beef, pork and when all else fails fish. dinner is pretty much the same as lunch whatever meat is available and i pair it up with veggies. as far as drinks i only drink water and coffee, black
    ... i cheat at least once a week with chocolate ice cream


    I'd like to think i'm getting enough sleep i'm getting a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep and i'm working out 4-5 days a week.

    i stopped losing weight about a month ago i've been able to maintain myself at 180.

    i think i;m doing all the right things is just that i cant get rid of that body fat
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    Originally Posted by tanajerner View Post
    if you havent got the energy to work out your not eating enough i think you should address this first
    thanks tanjerner, but read my reply to sidesteal, i'd like to believe i'm eating right.
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    Originally Posted by arod10gq View Post

    I just want to get real lean.

    i'm not too good at keeping a good nutrition log
    Unfortunately those two statements probably say it all.

    You look pretty darn good now. Those last few pounds of body fat are going to take some serious control of nutrition. Maybe you are not in a good position to do that now.
    A diet isn't punishment. A diet is a way to reward your body with the wholesome, nutritious food that it needs. Your body composition is a direct reflection of what you put in your mouth.
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    Originally Posted by ejthomp View Post
    Unfortunately those two statements probably say it all.

    You look pretty darn good now. Those last few pounds of body fat are going to take some serious control of nutrition. Maybe you are not in a good position to do that now.
    I was just going to say that without knowing specifics about your diet, it's going to be hard to give advice as to the next step. In short though, I agree with the above.

    You're already in decent shape. Step it up a notch in the nutrition department and you'll probably be able to push things further.
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    To be 5'9 180 lbs with 10% body fat (abbs) would require you to have 164 lbs of lean body mass. That would be an extremely muscular person. Not out of the realm of possibility but not really likely unless you have been lifting for years. Knowing this, you probably have a few lbs to go on your cut. Since you like Keto maybe you should try carb cycling to get back some of the lost energy and drop those last few lbs?

    Scratch the first part I looked at your picture.... you are very lean now. It may be time to look at some stubborn fat solutions like Carb Cycling or UD2. Good Job!
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    Originally Posted by Electricheadd View Post
    To be 5'9 180 lbs with 10% body fat (abbs) would require you to have 164 lbs of lean body mass. That would be an extremely muscular person. Not out of the realm of possibility but not really likely unless you have been lifting for years. Knowing this, you probably have a few lbs to go on your cut.
    ^ That.

    If you really want abs, you'll likely have to cut much lower than you ever anticipated. We all tend to overestimate our muscle mass and underestimate our body fat percentages. Until you bite the bullet and take the plunge, you'll never know what your "lean" weight is. For the record, I never thought I'd dip below 150 ... and at my lowest I likely still had a couple of pounds to go before I'd be solidly single digits.


    Moral of the story? Most people have more fat on their bodies than they'd like to admit ... and you never what your lean weight will be until you bother to get there.

    Edit: and ps, if you're like most guys, body fat around waist and lower back is the last place to go.
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