Is your midsection more “flab” than “abs”?
Are you tired of doing thousands of crunches and the only you’ve gotten out of them is just a hard time laughing?
Do you think this sounds too much like an infomercial and you want me to stop?
Ok, I get the hint.
BUT, if you decided to read this blog post – there’s at least a little part of you that wants to have a nicely defined six pack.
Now, if you’re expecting me to pitch you this magic pill or crazy herb I found and promise you that “taking this will melt the fat off your stomach in 10 minutes or less,” you (like my prom date in high school) will be very disappointed.
So, you want to know how to get a six pack?
It ALL boils down to getting leaner. PERIOD.
Your abs won’t show unless you have less fat. No amount of crunches, sit-ups, planks, leg lifts, and/or flag poles will get your abs to show if your body fat is too high.
Now, I’m not saying core exercises don’t have their place, but people do them for all the wrong reasons. Building a stronger core is very beneficial, and can give you a more impressive look in your abdominal area when you do lean out.
I won’t leave you hanging though. Here are a couple things you need to know when it comes to how to get a six pack:
Why Are You Not Getting Leaner?
If you’ve been trying to get a six pack, but haven’t had any luck, you need to figure out why. Chances are, it’s something to do with your nutrition.
When it comes to losing body fat, nutrition is 90% of the game. Before you go and starve yourself, there is a much better way to approach this.
Track your macros.
If you’re pouting your lips after reading that…
Stop. Who pouts their lips?
Anyways, you shouldn’t be so bummed about tracking your macros. Nowadays, if you can snap a picture of a barcode and use a food scale, you are well on your way to tracking your macros.
Seriously, check out my video on how to use an app called MyFitnessPal to get started. It’s pretty simple.
Spend a week tracking what you eat and drink. I have a feeling you’re going to be surprised by what you see. Also, weigh yourself at the beginning of the week.
Once you’ve tracked your macros for the week, weigh yourself again.
If you gained weight, than you’re taking in too many calories.
Lose weight? Than you’re on the right track.
Stayed the same? Congratulations, you found your maintenance calories.
Now, the composition of protein/carbs/fats/fiber of your calories can also make a difference, but we won’t get into that too much in this post. If you want some more info on that, check out this video I did on calculating your macros.
You Might Need to Do More Cardio
There comes a point where you can either drop your calories or add more cardio. If you’re in a place, where you don’t want to drop any more calories, than the only way to further move the needle in the short term is to increase your cardio.
I tend to recommend high intensity intervals when it comes to cardio as much as possible, but if you aren’t recovering from your workouts very well, you can use moderate intensity cardio in its place.
At the end of the day, pick something you enjoy that gets your heart rate up. It makes it a whole lot easier.
Now that you are armed with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to getting those washboard abs.
I know this wasn’t the sexiest article ever, but the best solution seldom is. This isn’t about trying to sell you any secrets, because there are NO secrets.
Get in there, do the work, and stay consistent.
If you guys have any questions, or disagree with this post, just let me know! Hit me up on Snapchat!
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