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    I'm 5'9" 151 lbs (Male 18) and I've been working our for about 7 years now, but i just can't seem to get as cut as I would like. I have plenty of muscle on my body, my arms are about 16.5" at the biceps, I bench 265, and my legs are proportionally big, but my abs just don't seem to want to show. My roommate who is two inches taller than me, 12 pounds heavier, yet a good deal smaller than me is absolutely shredded. Don't get me wrong, I'm quite lean myself (I have well defined veins on the front of my forearms and a single one on my bicep, I have shoulder/chest veins that can be seen in the right light, and surprisingly well defined veins on the front of my hips), but I've never been able to see a single ab on my body. I started dieting a little smarter in college eating 1500-1800 calories a day while maintaining 180-220 grams of protein a day and I was able to lose weight (around 15 pounds over 4 months with occasional weekend breaks), but I started to plateau a little. Now that I'm home, I've been on a keto diet, eating around 1600 calories/day with roughly 200 grams of protein and under 20 grams of carbs daily. I've kept at it for two weeks, but the only weight I lost was in the first 3 days (I weighed in around 155, by day 4 I was 150 flat, and at day 14 I am 151.2 which is what I've been fluctuating around for the past week). I haven't been working out like I was in college, but I'm doing a good share of pushups and high intensity cardio (burpees etc.) for my workouts recently.

    I guess my questions are as follows:

    Should I even be trying to lose more weight, or should I be working my abs more or something (I neglected my abs before, but in the past year, I've been training them frequently)

    If so, what's the best way for me to lose it?

    Thanks for reading! Any other feedback/suggestions are more than welcome!
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    Originally Posted by bqasrawi View Post
    I'm 5'9" 151 lbs (Male 18) and I've been working our for about 7 years now, but i just can't seem to get as cut as I would like. I have plenty of muscle on my body, my arms are about 16.5" at the biceps, I bench 265, and my legs are proportionally big, but my abs just don't seem to want to show. My roommate who is two inches taller than me, 12 pounds heavier, yet a good deal smaller than me is absolutely shredded. Don't get me wrong, I'm quite lean myself (I have well defined veins on the front of my forearms and a single one on my bicep, I have shoulder/chest veins that can be seen in the right light, and surprisingly well defined veins on the front of my hips), but I've never been able to see a single ab on my body. I started dieting a little smarter in college eating 1500-1800 calories a day while maintaining 180-220 grams of protein a day and I was able to lose weight (around 15 pounds over 4 months with occasional weekend breaks), but I started to plateau a little. Now that I'm home, I've been on a keto diet, eating around 1600 calories/day with roughly 200 grams of protein and under 20 grams of carbs daily. I've kept at it for two weeks, but the only weight I lost was in the first 3 days (I weighed in around 155, by day 4 I was 150 flat, and at day 14 I am 151.2 which is what I've been fluctuating around for the past week). I haven't been working out like I was in college, but I'm doing a good share of pushups and high intensity cardio (burpees etc.) for my workouts recently.

    I guess my questions are as follows:

    Should I even be trying to lose more weight, or should I be working my abs more or something (I neglected my abs before, but in the past year, I've been training them frequently)

    If so, what's the best way for me to lose it?

    Thanks for reading! Any other feedback/suggestions are more than welcome!
    Dang bro - those lifts are hella good for your stats. You bench 265 at 5'9 151lb?

    But beyond that bench number you actually sound pretty underweight. 151lb at 5'9 isn't too heavy and you're 18 so I'd just keep lifting and putting on more muscle. And yeah do direct ab work so later when you do cut you'll get that 6 pack.

    But that's crazy man. I'm same height but bigger than you (5'9 170lb) but can't put up 265 on bench. But I also didn't start lifting seriously until I was 30 so maybe age has something to do with it.
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    Originally Posted by bqasrawi View Post
    I'm 5'9" 151 lbs (Male 18) and I've been working our for about 7 years now, but i just can't seem to get as cut as I would like. I have plenty of muscle on my body, my arms are about 16.5" at the biceps, I bench 265, and my legs are proportionally big
    5'9", 151 lbs.
    16.5" arms
    Legs are proportionally big

    I can't see all 3 things being true at the same time.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    If your weight is normal according to your gender and height, then you must do exercises for your abs. My most favorite one is bicycle crunches. You must follow a customized workout plan for achieving your goals.
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