Muscle Mass, Abs and Bodyfat
Chasing abs when you are lean without much muscle might require unhealthy weight loss because of the lack of muscularity. Sometimes we like to think that the only part of the equation that matters is fat loss, but muscle mass also plays a very important role.
Here is an example of 2 physiques with 10% (approx) body fat levels:
Weighted crunches FTW!
If anyone's interested I sent this to someone that contacted me on FB today:
For the most part there's two parts to getting "some cuts" as they say. Firstly; a low percentage of bodyfat. Secondly; the other part of that equation is to actually have some muscle. This will push through your skin and make you look muscular.
So to look athletic and cut you need a bit of both. There is a lot of conflicting advice about this on the net but in my opinion typically the first part of the equation is best served by diet. The second part of the equation is best served in the gym. On the flip side of that is that you can't train for a low bodyfat. Also you can't just eat sloppily to get muscle.
So here's what I would suggest, firstly on diet:
I know that's very bland advice compared to the flash promises in the industry and in the gym but good advice isn't always as glamorous or as expensive as the supplement companies would have you believe!
In terms of training, we are going to let diet take care of bodyfat and we are going to train for muscle:
What about seemingly ripped/cut bodybuilders in competitions that appear to have no discernible 6-pack, or even 4-pack but decent muscle formation elsewhere? Is it possible that some people cannot develop an abs pack at all, or are they just approaching things the wrong way?
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