First off, I want to mention that, for most people, getting six pack abs is not an easy task. It requires dedication, but it is possible! Below is a general 2-step guide that, if followed religiously for 3 months, will produce results.
For many people desirous to get 6 pack abs, it definitely isn’t a stroll in the park. It requires dedication and discipline. Often, you may need family and friends to help you out. When the chips are down, it is down to you and your goal at getting a good muscle toned body. Below is a general 2-step guide that, if followed religiously for 3 months, will produce results.
Step 1: Nutrition
The importance of getting your dieting right cannot be overemphasized. Without holding down and monitoring in-take of food, your exercise regimen would be a waste of time. 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 mini-meals because this jump-starts your metabolism. And stop eating the food that is preventing results: white bread, loads of pasta, soda, candy, fast food, hydrogenated oils, sugars and fructose corn syrup.
Instead replace your meals with fat burning nutrients and whole grains such as vegetables, nuts, fruits, lean proteins (fish/chicken/turkey), oatmeal, whole grain rice and healthy fats such as olive oil, fish oils, natural peanut butter and avocados. Not forgetting, lots and lots of water.
Be realistic, you might slip here and there, but make a conscious effort to radically change your eating habits because getting a six pack will be impossible if you don’t.
Step 2: Exercise
This is the active aspect of your plan to lose weight while getting those 6 pack abs everybody loves to admire. Your major regimen should contain these 3 different exercise types: cardio, weightlifting and abdominal (yeah ‘ab’ is short for abdominal) exercises. Let your aim be to workout at least 3- 4 times a week.
The cardio you do can be anything: walking, running, biking, swimming….whichever cardio you don’t mind doing so that you’ll stick with it. Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week.
Weightlifting is important because 3 pounds of added muscle burns as many calories as a 1 mile jog…and this is while you’re just sitting around! Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week. If you’re confused as to what weightlifting exercises to do for each body part, check out the following website. It features professional bodybuilders, but the information is great and can be used by anyone.
The last group of exercises you need to incorporate into your workout are ab exercises. Aim to work your abs a minimum of 3 times a week. There are tons of different ab exercises you can do so try to find 3 or so that you enjoy doing so you can mix it up. A good database of different ab exercises is:
Tip: Change or vary your workout routine bi-weekly to keep your body guessing and changing. Add or take away different weight or abdominal exercises, or at the very least, vary the weight, reps or forms of cardio you do.
Well there it is. Do this for 3 months religiously and you will see measurable improvements. Don’t forget the dedication required. Always see yourself in your mind’s eye when you look in the mirror 3 months later liking the mouth watering 6 pack abs you will see.