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I've made some major changes as to what I cook within the kitchen, such as using Coconut Oil, substituting in sweet potatoes, etc.

But I've, as of so far, haven't seen much improvement/visibility in my lower abs and obliques. Even though trimming body fat is essential to visibility, how can I make these certain abs stand out? I'm an active sprinter who also spends 20 minutes a day toning my abs with various exercises, including P90X ab-ripper and weighted workouts.

Any suggestions in the gym or food wise to make them really stand out? (By food, I mean food I should be consuming more of and food that I might not know has a surprising volume of fat).

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@BenSewards that is no Problem, sometimes StackExchange might seem a bit harsh to get into, but it's worth it once you get used to it. I think the question might be worth reopening now, although it would help to know what activities you are already doing. –  Baarn Oct 2 '12 at 19:16
    
Be as specific as you can be, read some of the other questions to get a feeling for that. –  Baarn Oct 2 '12 at 19:22
    
@Informaficker good suggestion, will do –  Ben Sewards Oct 2 '12 at 19:32
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The idea that eating fat makes you fat is a myth. Dietary fat is not the same as body fat. –  Dave Liepmann Oct 2 '12 at 20:10
    
Even though I don't have a background in nutrition, I do understand that there are dietary fats that actually help. Once my question opens again, I would hope for some answers regarding food selection. –  Ben Sewards Oct 2 '12 at 20:14
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Abs are actually built in the gym, to SEE a 6-pack you need to have a low body fat %:7 – 8% for men and 11 – 12% for women (estimates). To get lean and to stay lean long term are two different endeavors and requires a lot of dedication.

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Without the right food you will not reach this point, and I am sure that there are people out there who have never been to a gym but still have abs ;) –  Baarn Oct 2 '12 at 16:55
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@Informaficker - everyone has abs (well, except for people that had them removed maybe) - it's strong abs and abs that you see. Strong abs are built in the gym or through hard work - abs that you see (the mighty 6-pack) are a result of low body fat –  Meade Rubenstein Oct 2 '12 at 17:01
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the gym is a substitute for people who don't do real hard work anymore, for most people they are built in the gym. –  Robin Ashe Oct 2 '12 at 23:39
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@RobinAshe that's rather vague. Also, I'm a web developer so "hard work" physical wise, isn't in my agenda until after work. –  Ben Sewards Oct 3 '12 at 1:42
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