Get a Six Pack and Don’t Look Back
If there is anything that will get you motivated to get back in shape, it is getting a good look at a body that has rock-hard and defined six pack abs. Believe me, they don’t come easy. Forget the notion that there is a six pack diet, six pack workout or six-pack abs machine that by itself is going to transform your abs into steel. Your first priority should be understanding how to lose stomach fat, because if your body fat percentage is too high, your abs are going to be invisible to the world anyhow.
If you are serious about discovering how to get a six pack strong, the most important thing you can do is to get control of your diet. It is often the diet that becomes the biggest obstacle to losing stomach fat. One reason for this is that there is so much confusion today about what constitutes a healthy diet and that promotes fat loss. When conflicting information is all we have to base our decisions on, the average consumer does not know where to begin. Some basic things you can do to improve your diet are:
- Avoid processed foods (foods with additives and preservatives).
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid sugary food or drinks.
- Cut back on meat and eat only plant-based foods.
You should set small weight loss goals per week, perhaps 1 -2 pounds. Studies show that when you lose weight rapidly, you usually gain it back very quickly. Also, losing weight rapidly is also potentially harmful, as in the process you are usually depriving your body of nutrients and possibly causing dehydration. Another problem with rapid weight loss is your body will probably not be getting enough calories. When your body does not have enough calories, it will try to obtain energy from other sources, such as muscle cells.
Many of us have a desire to get those six pack abs, but few of us actually understand what takes to get that result. Many of us also have a tendency to focus solely on the abs. One of the reasons for this is the common misperception that the road to a six pack requires either the Holy Grail of abs workout equipment or discovering the perfect abs workout. If your focus is based entirely on this assumption, you lose sight of what should be the most important goal – to burn more calories than you consume. While there is no question you are burning calories during an abs workout, you are probably not going to get the results you are looking for if abdominal exercises are all you are doing to achieve that goal.
In order to embark on any endeavor that involves burning calories, it is helpful to fully understand metabolism. Metabolism in simple terms is the rate at which you burn calories. Influencing your metabolism are constants that are beyond your control, such as heredity and age. However, there are variables that affect your metabolism that are within your control. Activities you can do to increase your metabolic rate are by building muscle and cardiovascular exercise.
Building muscle increases your metabolism. The higher the percentage of muscle to fat your body has the more calories you will burn in a day. In fact, a pound of muscle burns at least three times more calories than fat. If your body has a substantially low percentage of muscle, your capacity to burn calories diminishes. People are results- driven. And when they don’t see the results, they quit. If you’re entire focus is on working out the abs and you don’t see any results, the natural tendency is to believe that your abs workout routine is ineffective.
If you strive to work out the body as a whole, you will build more muscle and ultimately burn more calories. If you want to get really trim, you should consider performing intense workouts with short rest periods. You should focus on working the largest muscle groups of the body, instead of trying to isolate specific small muscles like the biceps, triceps, or calves.
Some of the more conventional cardiovascular activities such as aerobic exercise walking, jogging, biking and walking or are great for burning calories. However, one thing to understand is that cardiovascular exercise done in excess can do more harm than good. A prolonged cardiovascular activity can actually cause you to lose fat ALONG with muscle. Also, by doing slow-paced cardio, you may not be burning enough calories to make any real progress.
This is why an alternative solution could be to cut back on your cardio activities and mix in some high intensity weight training. With this approach you would be building muscle while at the same time burning calories.
In summary, if you really want to reduce stomach fat, the first thing you should do is clean up your diet by eating healthy. It is also recommended to exercise the whole body instead of isolating smaller muscles. Performing high intensity weight training will not only help you lose calories, but build muscle to affect longer lasting results.