For most people, getting sexy pack abs is not an easy task. It requires dedication, and although it can sometimes depend on your genetics, it is possible! Below is a general 2-step guide that will produce results.
Step 1: Nutrition
This is the single most important part of the puzzle! You can have the most impressive set of abs, but if they’re covered with a layer of fat, you won’t see them! Break up your day with 5 or 6 meals (in combination with snacks) because this revs up your metabolism. And stop eating the food that is preventing results: white bread, loads of pasta, pop, candy, fast food, hydrogenated oils, sugars and fructose corn syrup.
Instead, replace them with a balance of whole foods that will help you reach your goal: oatmeal, olive oil, whole grain breads, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, all-natural nut butters, chicken, fish, protein and water. And yes, don’t be too hard on yourself because you will find are times you will ‘squeeze in’ your favourite foods, and that’s okay provided you make a conscious effort to improve your overall eating habits 90% of the time because getting a six pack will be impossible if you don’t.
Step 2: Exercise
You need to include a variety of cardio, body resistance and/or weightlifting and abdominal exercises. And aim to workout 3- 4 times a week.
The cardio you do can be anything: fitness class, walking, running, biking, swimming….whichever cardio you choose, you want to make sure it raises your heart rate. Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week.
Body Resistance Exercises and/or Weightlifting is important because 1 pound of muscle burns 50 calories/day, and this is just your resting rate, while sitting around-image how much more you’ll burn while exercising. Aim for 30, a minimum of 2 times a week.
The last exercise you need to incorporate into your workout are abdominal exercises. Aim to work your abs a minimum of 3 times a week. There are a ton of different abdominal exercises you can do so try something new.
Two important tips to remember: mix up your workout routine and keep your body guessing because you don’t want to hit a plateau-where your body stops working because you are not longer challenging it. If you day is busy and you find it difficult to dedicate 1 hour to exercise, you can get similar results in 20 – 30 min. by doing HITT or Tabata style workouts.
Well, there you have it. Follow the above religiously for 3 months and although results will vary from person to person, you will experience overall results and improvement.
It will take dedication on your part, but imagine the feeling you’ll get when you look in the mirror and like what you see. ©