How to Get Fab Abs
“Shrink Your Belly!” “Amazing Abs” “How to get Six Pack Abs” “Flat Abs”
“Hard Abs Made Easy ”
What’s the most common hands down it’s their abs. That’s why these were just a few of the headlines that popped up with I searched ab articles. In fact, there are 162 million Google hit for “Six Pack,” and more than 500 million for “ab articles.” Oodles of websites and blogs are devoted entirely to our Abspirations.
As a nation, we’re clearly Ab-sessed! In fact, surveys show that about two-thirds of us say that the body part we want to improve upon most is our, you guessed it, abs. That’s why articles about flat or hard abs clearly get our attention and sell magazines.
While ab articles help sell magazines and diet books, most of the articles do little to actually help us achieve visible abdominal muscles. That’s because the articles mostly highlight simple steps to exercise the abdominal musculature which does virtually nothing to lower your percent body fat to the point where your abdominal muscles become visible. You could do crunches all day long and it won’t help you burn enough calories to help you lose the body fat that you probably need to in order to see all those results from your efforts.
Most women won’t see their abs unless they’re around 18 percent body fat. Women in the images on this blog are probably around 12-16 percent body fat. Getting body fat to levels of elite athletes or fitness models requires a lot of diet discipline. Since we’re all required to have a certain amount of essential fat to maintain our core temperature, healthy hormone levels and to help cushion our organs, women should not strive to go any lower than 12 percent body fat.
For men, ab definition becomes visible at around 10-11% body fat. Men require essential fat levels of about 3-5 percent.
Considering that the average percent body fat of women in the US is well over 30 percent, the vast majority of us have a lot of extra padding over our midriff muscles.
If you cannot see your abs, that’s okay and doesn’t necessarily mean that your abs are weak, you’re unfit or that you have too much body fat. I have a healthy body fat and have never been able to see any “packs” whatsoever and my body fat is always between 18-20 percent.
But if your goal is to see those amazing abs, you’ll have to diet to lose body fat and focus on exercise that help you burn lots of calories and keep your metabolism high. Running, swimming, cycling, CrossFit area all great for burning calories then strength train with squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, and other exercises that engage your major muscle groups. Also make sure that you exercise with some intensity to also rev up your metabolic rate.
Amazing Abs Diet
While there are numerous diet books that claim to help you melt away belly fat, there’s nothing that really can achieve that. The good news, however, is that when you lose weight, fat is lost from all over the body and belly fat is one area where it’s readily mobilized. Some studies have found that while on a weight loss program, there are things you can do that may help the body shed more belly fat.
They include eating a diet that is low in added sugars, fried foods, saturated fat and trans fats. In addition, some research suggests that stress hormones may make us more likely to store extra calories as belly fat so having ways to cope with stress can help.