Ain't that the truth Whizo - wait till you get to your sixties like me mate. Those last 2 or 3 % of BF are bloody murder to loose but it is simple maths after all. Use more energy than you put in.
I tell this to all the guys I train, work out what your maintenance caloric rate is, and then consume just 50 calories less than that amount, but do an extra 30 mins of cardio after every session. Do this for a few months and the miracle happens. You start to see the six pack again, even at my age. But now days I take six months to cut for a contest or show. In my 30's it was 12 to 14 weeks.
Problem is we live in a world of instant gratification. I want my six pack in two weeks is how most folks, hell me too sometimes, think. Well it is not going to happen, no roids, peptides, HGH or SARMs are going to make that happen. Especially not if you want to keep muscle, muscle that has often taken many months of sweat and sometimes tears to gain. Some of the stuff that folks take to help loose weight is so catabolic and does not differentiate between body fat or muscle.
Diet and lifestyle are more important that chemicals, gear if you prefer. The gear will make it easier to recover and train harder, but at the end of the day you still have to put the effort in. Still have to eat right, train right and rest right.
Graham if you truely want to be ripped you will get ripped. It will take a while to achieve, you will feel like shit some of the time. Hungry all of the time but like I said if you want it you can achieve it. Diet and cardio. The roids that supposedly are going to help with cutting only make a difference when you are in single digit percentages of body fat. They help with that last 1%, taking them with 10% or more body fat is just pissing money away in my view. And mate 10% for a bloke in his 50's is bloody lean let me tell you.
Most highly active 50-year-old men, such as those participating in endurance activities or focused strength training, can achieve a body fat within a fit range of 12 to 18 percent. Body builders, even at age 50, may dip below 10 percent for competition, but this isn't considered normal, and most body builders don't maintain these low levels in the off-season.