So I'm a fit 21 y/o. I have good cardio ability (I can run 10K, swim 2.5k and cycle 150K)

I started going to the gym 1.5 months ago, my body fat % was measured at 11% before I began and just like the trainer said it would, it increased to 13%

I do a regular ab workout on my cardio days (along with squats, deadlifts, chin-ups and lunges on weight days)

My abs have a little definition but their not fully ripped. (I have a slight pinchable bulge at the naval)

Am I on the wrong road here? Will my abs be a no-show since my body-fat is increasing? Should I better my diet to stabilize or decrease it?

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    What are your goals? Commented May 16, 2012 at 13:50
  • @DaveLiepmann Well mostly to be able to run a marathon (maybe full) but also have nice abs :)
    – gideon
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 16:27

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Is ok for that increase in fat percentage for the start. I have been through that too. Now my body fat have drop to 7% after 8 month of training. You just have go through this stage and u will find your abs start forming. Anyway is better to control ur diet. Get tips from some body builder on what type of food that will be better.

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    Yeah, a small amount of BF increase at the start of a strength training program is okay. You're just overfueling your body so it can make strength gains. You can fine-tune later.
    – user3085
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 5:20
  • @Sancho maybe u can help advice him on his diet. As i am not that good in controlling my diet.
    – Jie Liang
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 5:24
  • @Sancho-if someone is trying to gain muscle mass, they are invariably also going to gain a bit of fat as well. So will this small increase in fat prevent the gains made in obtaining a sixpack? Thanks!
    – Bee
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 11:11

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