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    Hi everyone -

    I have a goal to achieve a 6 pack!

    I'm 5'3, 160cms, 58kgs and 17% body fat but feel as though I can't get that last bit gone!

    I have been eating a diet of around 1350 calories for about 6 months time with very few carbs! (Less than 10%) as instruction of my trainer.... Doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should try?
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    it would be easyer to analyze if we had a few pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by murk01 View Post
    it would be easyer to analyze if we had a few pics
    Trying to upload one but won't work at the moment :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by murk01 View Post
    it would be easyer to analyze if we had a few pics
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    Dam!
    Could try changing up ur diet for a few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatguy_603 View Post
    Dam!
    Could try changing up ur diet for a few weeks.
    What you think?

    I fear if I add carbs ill just gain weight but then again surely eating only 1300cal and little to no carbs isn't healthy!
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    Yeah that's what I'm thinking -


    Just wondering if people think 1350 cal per day with less than 10% carbs sounds right? I train 6 times a week - combo of hiit and weights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post

    What you think?

    I fear if I add carbs ill just gain weight but then again surely eating only 1300cal and little to no carbs isn't healthy!
    Do u do refeeds cause ur metabolism might be shot.
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    I've been on this plan since January. I've had some weekends where I've eaten crap I should t have but other than that I generally stick to the calorie intake and carb restriction...

    Am getting to the point where it's just annoying and I know there must be another way to stay lean and healthy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post
    Yeah that's what I'm thinking -


    Just wondering if people think 1350 cal per day with less than 10% carbs sounds right? I train 6 times a week - combo of hiit and weights.
    I would say you need to add in some carbs for sure, Long Term keto is not good, What do your macros look like right now?

    Also, how many days weights and how many days HIT? I might stop the HIT as well and go to a fast walk (4.0 or so) to put your heart rate more in your Target heart rate and just do 35-45 minutes instead of HIT for a little while too?

    But give me a little more on what your eating and your macros and we can go from there.
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    Macros are 10% carbs, 45% fat, 45% protein.

    Keep in mind I'm just listening to a trainer....
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post
    Macros are 10% carbs, 45% fat, 45% protein.

    Keep in mind I'm just listening to a trainer....
    Well not that I don't want to sound like I'm saying that your trainer doesn't know what he/she knows what and how to get you where you want to go but if its not working its time for a change.

    A.) what kind of background does your trainer have?

    B.) Does your body respond poorly to carbs? Do you get bloated and gain weight easily?

    C.) Have you been doing 10% carbs for 6 Months?
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    Pretty sure my trainer is a one trick pony - nothing special or over qualified. (Cert 4)

    Been on this particular diet since January.

    I don't respond badly to the good carbs like potato rice quinoa and oats etc
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    Imo you should up the carbs a bit and lower the fat. Make sure you drink plenty of water too. Looks like you are not far away from your goal. You obviously have some disipline. Thnx for the pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post
    Pretty sure my trainer is a one trick pony - nothing special or over qualified. (Cert 4)

    Been on this particular diet since January.

    I don't respond badly to the good carbs like potato rice quinoa and oats etc
    Ok, If you were my client,

    I would have you do 4 days long, 30-45 minutes of fast paced cardio (in your THR) and do 2 days HIT

    Then add in a little carbs, maybe just 20% Carbs, 45% protein, 35% fats.

    Take in the Carbs in the AM then post workout, other then that keep everything else as directed by your trainer and see how your body responds to that.
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    Okay sounds good to me! Love carbs and not having them is taking a massive amount of discipline! So still sticking to 1350 calories is not gonna screw my metabolism?
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    r u keeping track with a cal tracker. 10% carbs--are u keeping ur carbs under 40gm a day? keto is really good for a quick drop in body fat. if your not really doing keto do it. if u want to speed it up use ECA or clen(clen is fuked up).

    to be honest ur belly looks great. ur bf is low. more development might be the issue if ur looking for a 6 pack. in that case. do keto + fasted cardio + ECA 2-3week. then bump up carbs drop fat and do tons of core.

    stablize ur diet inbetween
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    Pretty sure I can't get ECA here in Australia (from what I know)

    Will try bumping up the carbs and changing the cardio + heavier core work!!

    Thanks for all the good advise guys! Ill have a 6 pack in no time if I keep trying I'm sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post
    Pretty sure I can't get ECA here in Australia (from what I know)

    Will try bumping up the carbs and changing the cardio + heavier core work!!

    Thanks for all the good advise guys! Ill have a 6 pack in no time if I keep trying I'm sure
    as Murk said another option would be fasted cardio (I take BCAA before but no food) I usually only do this precontest but it would help if the longer carido doesn't work.
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    Thanks! Awesome information and will def give it all a go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixiethree View Post
    Thanks! Awesome information and will def give it all a go!

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    Before I say anything, you look great already. I see you mentioned that you were going to do it, but up to this point, have you tried weighted core work, such as weighted sit-ups or cable crunches? It may be beneficial for you to try that and some squats perhaps. Hell, even dead lifts. Anything with weight that will engage your core. Stuff like that will help overall as well.
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    Interested to see how this turns out. Look great as is.
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    Hey OP, I recently been doing simulator diet very low carb great results since January then I plateaued, I found what definitely help as JBVA said above weighted crunches and core exercise defiantly bring out the shape in tummy although your tummy looks awesome!

    I found by taking a complete 7days off from dieting to eat what I wanted by throwing in carbs and the odd white rice or pasta was enough to reset my body back to fat burning. I'm 2 weeks back into dieting and seeing results again, you may just need to reset your metabolism! You don't want your body to think its normal to survive on limited carbs & low calories!
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    I haven't done fasted cardio for about a month now as I hit the plateau about 2 months ago. Since then I've maintained the same
    Body fat with some muscle gains.

    Worked on going heavier on abs yesterday and yep this morning they are burning! Haven't had this feeling for a while.

    Weighted ab crunches (machine) 5 x 20
    Hanging leg raises 5 x 10
    Cable crunches 3 x 20
    Decline twists + 5kg 5 x 20

    This is the workout I put myself through yesterday - much different than what I usually do with trainer.

    Will add a couple of days of fasted cardio in 2-3 days a week + bump carbs to 20% and I think ill feel great. - another thing I was considering was a carb cycle eating plan.
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    carb up on work out days. no carbs on off days. carb cycling is really great for gains.
    u might just need more ab development.
    u ever look up lean gains? did it a while back dropped a ton of weight
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    Ohai Pixie. lookin' good
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    Will check out lean gains now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicked442 View Post
    Imo you should up the carbs a bit and lower the fat. Make sure you drink plenty of water too. Looks like you are not far away from your goal. You obviously have some disipline. Thnx for the pics!
    Completely agree, if what your doing isn't creating the results you want, switch it up a little bit, these guys have some great ideas. To me though, your not far from that sixer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by murk01 View Post
    carb up on work out days. no carbs on off days. carb cycling is really great for gains.
    u might just need more ab development.
    u ever look up lean gains? did it a while back dropped a ton of weight
    Ah yes intermittent fasting - done quite a bit of reading on it - looks great but nothing I could maintain I don't think! Maybe ill try it when I get desperate
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