What’s The Secret To Great Abs?
One of the most frequent questions that I’m asked is, “How can I get great abs?” You may have pondered this question at some time or another. Many people are frustrated by their stomachs, to the point of giving up after doing dozens of crunches with zero improvement.
It’s time to forget everything you’ve heard about how to sculpt your abs. Quite simply, crunches alone won’t give you a six pack. Doing crunches with the hope that it will transform your abs from flabby to muscular is to believe in one of the most widely held fitness myths. I’m talking about the spot reduction myth.
Training one area of your body will not specifically burn fat from that spot. Are you training as if spot reduction worked? Doing dozens of crunches in the hopes that layers of fat will disappear? Sit-ups, crunches and planks will not flatten your abs. But a drop in overall body fat will do that for you.
So you want the secret to great abs?
The secret is a winning combination of fat burning cardio, resistance training and clean eating. It is fully possible for you to dramatically shape up your waistline. Yes, Y-O-U.
Answer the following questions to see how your current routine measures up:
How often do you exercise? If your answer was anything less than 4 times a week, then that’s the first thing getting between you and flat abs.
How do you define a fat burning workout? A routine including intense cardiovascular training coupled with effective resistance training. Do you do this?
I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes isn’t a fat blasting routine. Neither is a leisurely 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. The truth is that you can dramatically increase your results while investing less time when you exercise right.
Cardio exercise is all about maintaining an effective level of intensity. This doesn’t mean that you should be out of breath or gasping for air. It does mean that you need to push yourself.
Resistance training is the second key part of a fat burning workout. This means working your major muscle groups against resistance in a way that stimulates your metabolism. Again the key here is to find the right intensity and to keep each muscle group guessing.
Do you eat a clean diet? Diet is a big stumbling block for most people—especially as it relates to their midsection. Here’s a fact: If your diet is out of control then your abs will be too. You can’t trim your waist without trimming the junk out of your diet, regardless of how hard you exercise.
Keep calories in check. Do you know how many calories you eat? The best way to find out is to record everything you eat for a few days. Tally the number of calories that you eat each day and do an evaluation—feel free to recruit me to help out with this part. Together we’ll chart improvements for your diet and adjust your calories for maximum results.
Just say “No” to junk food. While this may seem obvious, your definition of “junk food” may need an alteration. Refined sugar is one of the biggest culprits in the junk food world—it is found in soft drinks, blended coffee drinks, cookies, cakes, packaged snacks, and other sinfully sweet treats. Processed fat is another monster. As a rule of thumb you can safely view all processed or refined items as junk food.
Eat more frequently. The key here is to never let your metabolism “crash” by going hours without eating. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to skip breakfast—as this is the meal that ‘breaks the fast’ that your body goes into each night. Stick with eating small meals every few hours and always avoid stuffing yourself.
You should now understand why you are better off not wasting time on crunches—while it is important to exercise your abs a couple of times a week, you won’t expect fat to fall of that area after 100’s of crunches.
Do you want to flatten and sculpt your waist once and for all? Simply decide that you really want it. Commit to yourself—you deserve it.
Source: Rene Serrate for UFirst Fitness
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