First off, having abs help ha ha. And well, I'm serious. Some people have so little muscle that getting lean just makes them look bony.
MMA training is great for abs, and direct ab work too of course.
But for some reason, doing VERY occasional intermittent fasting did the trick for me. Losing fat is easy up to a point, but to see abs, it used to be a 2 month attack I did twice a year. And overall watching what I eat. With IF, I eat good but whatever, and yet am usually leaner. Crazy.
And to me it's just skipping a breakfast here and there! As breakfast are big meals for me, it did a big difference. If you are a small breakfast eater, you might not get the same results.
Also I used to eat a lot of cereals. I still do compared to most adults ha ha, but probably 60% less than what I used to do. Oatmeal instead.
No matter what method of “diet” you use it always comes down to calories in < calories out.
Nope. So 1000 calories from veggies and lean meat, and 1000 calories from crisco and fries are the same? So ridiculous
Of course it is a HUGE factor, the most important one in fact, but insulin, leptin and blablabla matter too.
Another example. Eat perfectly but don't sleep enough and you'll get fatter than a dude who eats so-so who sleeps constantly good and so on.
Anyway, I was sharing what worked for ME. It doesn't mean it'll work for everyone. But many similar stories from those who do IF, and I barely do some. Of course the days I do, no doubt overall I eat less that day, but still, it's not just a matter of calories.
I can tell you that losing weight while eating papa johns and arbys, two cokes a day, and a nutty butt was easy because.......it was still way less calories than I burned. It sounds like a lot of calories, but not really, especially with the pizza being cheeseless. Intermittant fasting gone wrong, I lost wayyy too much weight on accident, while eating "junk" food.
Having issues putting weight back on now with shit loads of chocolate silk pea protein milk, 80-120+ grams a day of various cereals, 1-2 table spoons of olive oil a day, 7 to 11 ounces of sirloin, sweet or russet potato of various size, smoothie with blueberries and strawberries etc, raw honey, oatmeal at times etc.
Hell, when I worked in a hospital, walking 7-9 miles a night moving fatass people around (plus the gym 4-6 times a week depending on program) I was eating publix subs covered in bacon and mayo and olive oil, dates, bagels, chicken sandwiches covered in olive oil and the weight was peeling off of me so quickly if I didnt stay on top of tracking how many calories I was actually consuming, it was insane.