Hey guys! Thanks for reading first of all, and i'll make a small intro to myself, then the ultimate usual cry for help.
Im a short fella, about 5'4, and started working out heavy at the gym years ago. I started at 142 pounds and worked my way up naturally to 163 pounds with about 10% body fat, and even then my abs never showed. I went to the gym about 3-4 days a week, for about 3-4 hours each day and 1 of those hours was always cardio. My obsession to the gym made my obsession for food much greater, and I actually went to culinary school, and I now have a degree in culinary arts, and a minor in nutrition.
Needless to say, I consider my knowledge of food and health slightly higher than some others, but no way am i putting myself up there on top of pole.. Since my culinary adventures, my best friend and gym partner joined the military, and I have been gymless for almost 2 years, except for recently. A goal to do a 5k zombie run got me back into cardio full time, and I changed my eating habits back to healthy (didnt gain any weight in the 2 years either). Now im getting back into the gym.
So now for my cry.. I have an instinctual eating habit that I have followed for about 6 years now.. during the week, i am very strict. No sugar, no snacks, no alcohol, no soda, no unnecessary foods, minimal red meat and carbs. Ive clocked my intake as best as i can for a couple days, knowing myself enough that I am consistent with these numbers. Im just about 1500-1800 cals 300 grams of carbs 50 grams of protein and 70 grams of healthy fats (from cheeses, dairy and nuts)
I dont go to the gym as often or as frequently as I used to, but average about 2-3 days a week, sometimes 1 day per week if im very busy, and only for 1-2 hours.
What do you recommend I should change? theres something in my calorie burn or my diet that has always stopped me from having and showing abs.. even at my best years ago, when I frequented the gym 4 days a week, 4 hours at a time, I could never get them. I honestly dont care if i never get them.. i just like the challenge of trying