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    I've been on this for about 4 months so far. I lost about 30lbs, while maintaining my muscle mass so I'm overall very happy with my results so far. But now I've pretty much appear to have stabilized and still have some flab in my stomach. Though not really visible, you can definitely feel it. I'm happy with my current weight, but would like to get more cut, specifically I'd like to trim more of my belly fat and eventually have visible abs without losing muscle. What foods and/or supplements should I put emphasis on, and also which ones should I avoid in order to get those ripped abs? How much of a role will exercise play in this? Any tips?
    Thanks!

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    in my opinion you wont start to see those bad boys until you get to a low bodyfat percentage. i work my core everyother day (that works for me, might not work for everyone) and i didnt start to see them until i hit 11% bodyfat. you also might have loose skin hanging out. your core will always have a small amount of fat to protect organs but you can get ripped if you work hard enough. only advice i can give is eat primal.

    i went primal in feb 2010
    200lbs
    37% body fat
    38-40 waist

    1 year to the day
    140lbs
    7.8% body fat
    29 waist

    currently
    137lbs
    7% body fat
    29 waist

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    • #3
      As jayson says.. Having ripped abs means your body has gotten rid of the very last of its fat stores, since the abdomen is where fat accumulates first. Some people get there more easily than others. For many of us, it means letting go of the concept of 80/20 and shooting for 100%, all of the time, taking carbs to an absolute minimum. At that point, exercise means almost nothing compared to diet.

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      • #4
        Focus on getting plenty of protein and watch your carbs and fat intake by what ever means works for you. My abs started showing at around 10% or so I think. As you get in the single digit body fat percentages your abs start getting more and more defined. Six percent looks good in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend going lower than 5% without a really good reason.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by secretlobster View Post
          As jayson says.. Having ripped abs means your body has gotten rid of the very last of its fat stores, since the abdomen is where fat accumulates first. Some people get there more easily than others. For many of us, it means letting go of the concept of 80/20 and shooting for 100%, all of the time, taking carbs to an absolute minimum. At that point, exercise means almost nothing compared to diet.
          dam this was said a lot better than me LOL. ya if you "dont have" ripped abs and want to have ripped abs you gotta kiss carbs goodbye. once your there you can maintain by watching them! i still stay under 100 grams per day!

          i went primal in feb 2010
          200lbs
          37% body fat
          38-40 waist

          1 year to the day
          140lbs
          7.8% body fat
          29 waist

          currently
          137lbs
          7% body fat
          29 waist

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          • #6
            I would tell you that I find that IF really helps me and that you should check out leangains.com and the leansaloon as a resource,..... but then if I did DFH would be in the thread telling you that not enough research on intermittent fasting has been done yet and that clearly IF people don't know what they are doing.
            http://www.facebook.com/daemonized

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            • #7
              Am I the only one around here who wears a shirt 99% of my time in public? I don't really get the whole "abs" thing, myself. Sorry for being a gumpy gus, please ignore and carry on.
              If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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              • #8
                In the voice of Matt Damon doing the impression of Matthew McConaughey..."We might get more girls if we take our shirts off".
                http://www.facebook.com/daemonized

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                  Am I the only one around here who wears a shirt 99% of my time in public? I don't really get the whole "abs" thing, myself. Sorry for being a gumpy gus, please ignore and carry on.
                  is all commercial. as primal as i am i can also admit its just what us guys think that girls like. it makes us feel good or for someone like me who was over weight all my life i walk around now like im 10ft tall. its a goal for some people, its inspiration, its a lot of things.... to each his own but at the end of the day, most guys want a 6 pack because those guys believe that its what girls want to see, feel touch and kiss! (some guys ;oP

                  i went primal in feb 2010
                  200lbs
                  37% body fat
                  38-40 waist

                  1 year to the day
                  140lbs
                  7.8% body fat
                  29 waist

                  currently
                  137lbs
                  7% body fat
                  29 waist

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                  • #10
                    I kinda disagree that carbs have to be low to get ripped. It works for some people, but for me personally, RAISING my carb intake post-workout worked better than anything else. I thought I was smarter than Martin Berkhan, but apprently I'm not, haha. Leangains works.

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                    • #11
                      For me it's a personal goal and preference, I'm not doing it for others. In fact most girls tell me they think a 6 pack looks cheesy and that they like a bit of a belly on a guy. But I like to look fit and for me that means not having any giggle in my belly. I'm very fit right now and you can only tell I have any belly fat if you really feel it, but I'd like to take it to the next level. When you refer to carbs, are you including veggies too? Should I reduce my veggie intake as well and up my protein?

                      Originally posted by jaysondecambra View Post
                      is all commercial. as primal as i am i can also admit its just what us guys think that girls like. it makes us feel good or for someone like me who was over weight all my life i walk around now like im 10ft tall. its a goal for some people, its inspiration, its a lot of things.... to each his own but at the end of the day, most guys want a 6 pack because those guys believe that its what girls want to see, feel touch and kiss! (some guys ;oP

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by elektro View Post
                        For me it's a personal goal and preference, I'm not doing it for others. In fact most girls tell me they think a 6 pack looks cheesy and that they like a bit of a belly on a guy. But I like to look fit and for me that means not having any giggle in my belly. I'm very fit right now and you can only tell I have any belly fat if you really feel it, but I'd like to take it to the next level. When you refer to carbs, are you including veggies too? Should I reduce my veggie intake as well and up my protein?

                        That's the way I felt about having abs. It's something that I wanted for me and it feels good.

                        Unless you are eating a ton of veggies, I'd say no. Eating some veggies is just fine.
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                            I kinda disagree that carbs have to be low to get ripped. It works for some people, but for me personally, RAISING my carb intake post-workout worked better than anything else.
                            Agreed. Different bodies, different results. Some may need to go VLC/keto to get shredded. Others may get better results with higher carbs. God only knows how many factors come into play. We're all experiments of one.

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                            • #15
                              (raises hand)

                              They make me wear my shirt when I'm at work. Go figure...

                              (goes back into hiding)
                              Durp.

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