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8% body fat for great abs!

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Damn I wish I lived during the ancient times where men had to toil and do very physical activities but at the same time achieved great bodies! Unlike of course, in modern times where men tend to do intellectual things and sit on their butt lazily at a very cold office and watch their weight increase exponentially if they don’t go to the gym.

My friend and I were talking about how to get those 6-pack abs that every guy wished for. According to an article I’ve read, you need to drop your body fat down to around 8% to get it. Now that’s hard!

Hi, my name is Chris and I am the founder of Pinoy Guy Guide. As a guy living in Bonifacio Global City in Manila, Philippines, I have a strong interest in writing about men's fashion, lifestyle, pop culture and gear for guys.


  • somehow i wish i had the courage to make my abs look like that.the funny thing is, i tend to be shy going to gyms and work on my muscles. lol, i had good muscles because of playing in the Philippine pool for a certain sport before, but those are just biceps and legs, my abs? nah dont talk about it. it sucks :d

    oh well, i decided to add you on my blogroll. this site rox for us men.

  • actually, it is considered healthy to have 15% and below. fit for 10% and below. once you are fit, all the cuts are going to show. it is estimated that nba players have 5% or less body fat, just for comparison purposes.

    great blog! more power!

  • thanks lad, added you to my blogroll too.

    fuel – wow 5%? lol, good for them. thanks for the compliment

  • weeeeee.. bro Chris! you describe it very well! (lol) that is what happening to all of us here in IT department.. anyways, my barkada has a plan to have a work out even if it cost 700 PHP per month.. ahehehe.. you must work out too! aheheh

  • does l-carnitine really work? ok na kasi arms, shoulders and chest ko. tummy na lang talaga problema.

  • pag tiyan ang pinoproblema… crunches lng ang katapat nyan.. regular dapat.. lumiit talaga tiyan ko dahil sa crunches… dahil na rin sa hip-hop abs..

  • ive been working out my abs for a long time. its difficult but its a trophy after attaining “almost” six hard packs.

    8% is very very difficult. in the philippine setting, we are used to eating our staple rice. which means we eat a lot of carbs that in excess will turn to fat.

    how to counter this, either you eat less calories (from fat and carbs) that what you would actually need. this would cause your body to utilize your fat reserves consequently some protein as well. thats why it is important to increase protein intake while the other two are decreased. of course, to increase the utilization of fat, you should exercise, drink supplements such as caffeine + egcg from green tea, l-carnitine and other thermogenic substances. The 3 i mentioned are safe. caffeine would induce the release of adrenaline which will cause your heart rate to increase—>increase oxygen consumption—>increase fat burning and egcg will prevent the triggers of the release of adrenaline from being destroyed so that there is increased adrenaline release and increased fat burning per time.

    l-carnitine is explained in the fit n right thread

    hope this helps. πŸ™‚

    -a food technologist with a background in nutrition and biochemistry

  • For me, L-carnitine really works! Two years ago, i am 5’4″ 155lbs.

    my diet plan then:
    1) 2 glasses of water BEFORE eating
    2) Dance Dance Revolution for 1 hour everyday
    3) Drink Fitrum (L-carnitine) 3x a day
    4) Half apple during lunch (busog na ako dahil sa water, so ang kaya ko na lang kainin is half apple.. try it!)
    5) I read an article once, Weighing Yourself everyday has a bigger chance of losing weight (kasi nakikita mo yung progress mo eh..)

    After 4 months, I am 135lbs! πŸ˜€

    Late last year, I drink Nature’s Harvest Fab Orange everyday, pero early this year, I switched to Orchard Fresh Orange, kasi 80 calories lang siya (Fab has 180 calories, Fit and Right has 90 calories).. both with L-carnitine.. And now, you should try Envidia, kasi IT ONLY HAS 10 CALORIES! Lahat sila may 300mg of L-carnitine..

    Then early this year, I started Hip Hop Abs.. After one month, i can see results! yung upper abs ko kita na.. Try it, it really works! πŸ˜€

  • nice insights jeff and machinokokoro.

    and they also say that it all boils down to one’s diet, which I believe is correct.

  • I agree,because it was introduced as a great cardio workout which burns a lot of fat while toning muscles,Exercise is the best way of shaving weight.
    But why is it so difficult for most people to get a six pack?
    Brin @ guywithabs.com

  • Not a single person on here has accurately explained how to get low bodyfat. My bodyfat, which was measured yesterday, is 7.8%, and I can tell you not a single person has come close to selecting the reason or method why or how.

  • The most effective way to lose body fat is through exercise. You just do some cardio workout everyday like jogging and running for miles. That would effectively burn the fats in your body.

  • hmmm… 8% is the magic number huh? my body fat % is 6.5 and I do not have a six pack…any other ideas?

  • @Matt you can’t have those rock-hard and visible abs (well, we all have abs but that’s another story…) if you won’t workout the abs by doing crunches. you’ll just have a flat stomach and the ab muscles won’t bulge and be hard so it will not be visible. Me, I have 12% body fat but my four upper abs are already visible due to crunches.

  • Wish Im fat. 😐
    sana may article din kayo on how to gain weight for “slim” men. πŸ˜€
    great blog…

  • subukan nyo kaya ung nestea fit guys xD..un kc gamit q pampabawas ng taba q sa tyan..it contains 300mg of L – carnitine at 0 calorie 5 days q pa lng na try pansin q may nababawas na sa tyan q sabay na din sa workout tsaka diet..

  • You just need to multiple times a day (every 2 hours) with less carbohydrates. Always do your cardio.

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  • You need < 10% body fat to get a six-pack.

    Getting there is almost all about diet. Not exercise.

    1. Reduce carbs to 50 grams a day to force the body to burn fat
    2. Reduce total calories to below your basal metabolic rate while you want to lose weight.

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