I don't think just anybody can get a six pack with just diet and exercise. If you started off not far from your ideal weight I'd say yes...but generally speaking I think no. I will never have a visible six pack without some sort of surgery because when I do get down to a good weight my body will still have excess skin issues.
This is completely my opinion...but Autumn, if that's you in the picture I believe you, with the right kind of work can get one.
Diet and exercise will give you 6-pack abs. But you must be consistent and dedicated!
The absolute lowest percentage a woman should have in body fat is 10%. Anything lower than that and it is extremely unhealthy. Athletic woman have anywhere between 14-20% body fat.
I sure hope the ladies aren't shooting for 7%. 7% is fine/safe for guys. It's a potential health issue for women.
I noticed when I was 11 or 12 that women are built a little different then guys. Those differences mean higher bf levels.
Some people are just born with good genes and have to do less work to get that 6 pack, others have to work a little harder, and some might never see it at all. It just depends where your body stores fat.
I don't understand why any woman would want a 6-pack. It's very unattractive on women. A shapely figure with curves is much nicer. But what do I know, I'm a guy. I really don't even think they are necessary on a guy, although a trim, firm waist with a hint of a 6 pack is nice. A nation of mostly overweight/obese people obsessing on getting a 6-pack (which requires like 5% or less body fat) seems kinda insane...
Nobody here in Japan obsesses about 6 packs, but then again, most people here are very trim...
udokier: i think getting a six pack is a great idea, if thats what you want then go for it. i dont think it should be limited to just males, & while i respect your opinion, i also believe that everybody has their own view of what is attractive. many women, like guys with six packs. it isnt a crime for females to have some definition either, looking and feeling in shape can have a huge effect on a womans confidence.
so for the cc runner, more power to you! i hope you achieve your goals!
lolanilly: Not saying that I thing having a 6 pack is a bad thing, but what I am saying is that it's not a normal state for most people to have their body fat that low. If one is an athlete in training, and the 6 pack is a result of that, it seems fine to me but for a regular person with a typical lifestyle to try and maintain such a low body fat percentage seems a bit obsessive and possibly detrimental to long-term health.
You are right about the different tastes thing, though. But from my experience, most men are not into terribly skinny or muscular women. I hate to hear of women trying to attain such an extreme goal as a six-pack just because of the influence of a bunch of Nike "Just Do It"-type advertising.
And while a 6 pack may be each individual's prerogative, I still maintain that the ultra-low body fat required to display on is probably not the best thing for long-term health. Most doctors say that anything less than 20% bodyfat on a woman is too low. Menstruation may even stop with 6-pack body-fat levels. For a man, anything under 8% is supposed to be too low. The skinniest I ever got in my adult life was 12% body fat, and I felt pretty damn thin then. I cannot imagine whittling myself down a 5% bodyfat!
I personally like a six pack on a girl, though not the really muscular type, just the lightly toned / slightly visible ab look.
I also don't think I will need to go down as low as 7% for a six pack. I'm already seeing my four pack popping through at about 20%, and most of my remaining fat is around my stomach and chest. I think that you can up that figure by working out the abs properly. Most people overdo the abs, which keeps them looking nicer when they're visible, but won't build them, so you'll have to get rid of more fat.
IDK why people claim cardio is the only way to a six pack. Heavy lifting is a great way to burn fat and retain muscle mass and you can be a woman, lift heavy weights, get a six pack, (and not be bulky). Start w/ a program, NROLFW, Female Body Breakthrough, Starting Strength. Hit the weights.
men can have a visible 6 pack at 11%ish, and women with 6 packs are hot.
Theres a few intense lifter women at my gym in Tokyo, and they get extra points automatically. And people DO care about having some definition here in Japan.
I have a clear 6 at around 10%-12% and that is as far as I cut now that I am older and don't care enough to go through the hell required to hit / maintain single digit body fat.
Cutting from 16% to 10% isn't all that bad. Cutting from 10% to 6% is a whole different game. At least for me.