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    Can someone explain to me how to be in a calorie deficit in a simple way?

    I'm trying to get abs and one of the biggest things they say is to be on a calorie deficit if you want your abs to be visible can someone explain it in a simple way am I supposed to count the calories of the food I'm about to eat? do I need a scale because I don't have one? what do I need to do?
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    Unless your abs are developed they won't be visible just by dieting down. Go to the Losing Fat forum and read Don't Look Past The Basics.
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    It's not "one of the biggest things", it's literally the only thing that matters if you have too much fat covering them.
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    Originally Posted by anonymous213 View Post
    do I need a scale because I don't have one?
    I use the same scale I use to weigh myself to also weigh my chicken breast & broccoli.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    I use the same scale I use to weigh myself to also weigh my chicken breast & broccoli.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Careful not to swallow a toenail
    Helps to hit my protein target.
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    Originally Posted by anonymous213 View Post
    I'm trying to get abs and one of the biggest things they say is to be on a calorie deficit if you want your abs to be visible can someone explain it in a simple way am I supposed to count the calories of the food I'm about to eat? do I need a scale because I don't have one? what do I need to do?
    Read:
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=165843261
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=173439001

    Yes, you'll need a food scale that measures to the gram and a calorie counting app to help you out.

    How do you know if you're in a calorie deficit? If you're losing weight. No weight loss for 3 consecutive weeks = not in a calorie deficit.

    Keep in mind that if you don't have a significant history of strength training then likely no amount of bodyfat reduction is going to result in you having abs, unless you want to look like a skeleton. If your abs aren't built from years of training, then don't expect to have them just from a few months of dieting.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.

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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    Read:
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=165843261
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=173439001

    Yes, you'll need a food scale that measures to the gram and a calorie counting app to help you out.

    How do you know if you're in a calorie deficit? If you're losing weight. No weight loss for 3 consecutive weeks = not in a calorie deficit.

    Keep in mind that if you don't have a significant history of strength training then likely no amount of bodyfat reduction is going to result in you having abs, unless you want to look like a skeleton. If your abs aren't built from years of training, then don't expect to have them just from a few months of dieting.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    It's not "one of the biggest things", it's literally the only thing that matters if you have too much fat covering them.
    You could theoretically get "powerlifting abs" which are somewhat visible through even a moderately high amount of fat. I'm not disagreeing with the principle of being at a healthy level of bodyfat being of primary importance and it's a bit nitpicky, but it's not literally the only thing in all scenarios, even if it's less likely. (You did say "too much fat" though, and obviously there's a point where no amount of hypertrophy is realistic for that purpose, but a normally-composed person doesn't necessarily fall into this category.)

    There are a lot of threads here from guys who are already clearly lean and still struggle to get more than faint ab definition. Without knowing whether or not or to what extent OP is overweight or what training level he is at, it's hard to say in general, but if he's a "normal" person, it would probably be a better bet to just pursue gaining strength for a long time than to try to cut down to whatever abs he has by default.
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    no food scale and only log calories and protein in notepad crew checking in
    I don't use a scale anymore, but for the first 6 months of significant weight loss I found it invaluable just because back then I couldn't really fathom what an actual "portion size" was. Now I can just eat intuitively, but most people who have never done this before seem to have a hard time with that.
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    I've never understood how to manage natural calorie burning and how to offset this with calories consumed
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    Originally Posted by KieranB1996 View Post
    I've never understood how to manage natural calorie burning and how to offset this with calories consumed
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    trial and error
    This does not work with skydiving (that's parachuting for you 'tards that don't know what skydiving is).
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