Six pack abs are the ultimate image associated with a sexy, hard body. It’s no wonder that most people spend a lot of time and money toward achieving the perfect abs. Six pack abs, however, are easier said than done. With just the right diet and exercise you can get awesome abs and the six pack you’ve always wanted.
First things first…Lose the ab roller, ab lounge or other gimmicky product collecting dust in your closet. Don’t feel bad or embarrassed. We’ve all fallen for the promises of miracle transformations in the late-night infomercials. Heck, anything sounds good in the wee hours of the night. So good that I still have an ab contraption I’ve never even taken out of the box!
Second, no six pack abs workout plan will work unless you eat right. I’m not talking about a fad diet or special menu plan. Rather, something way more complicated. You’ve got to considerably reduce the fast foods, processed foods and plain ‘ole junk foods. With today’s gotta have it quick and gotta have it now environment, this will probably be the hardest task of all in your quest for six pack abs. But rest assured, it’s well worth it and will be much more fulfilling and satisfying than the “drive through” delights you may be used to.
As a general rule, you should eat smaller, more frequent, nutritionally balanced meals. Eat five to six small meals per day (eat a complete meal every 3-4 hours) in order to have the food convert to muscle rather than fat. Limit flour products like bread and pasta and replace them with complex carbs like brown rice and oatmeal. You also want to cut back on fatty foods and eat lots of high quality (preferably organic) protein like skinless chicken, lean beef and baked or broiled fish.
Next, you’ve got to commit to a full body exercise regimen that helps burn fat. We are not talking boring treadmill or other cardio-based workouts here. You want to focus more on strength training exercises such as lunges, squats, dead-lifts, step-ups, swings and snatches. These types of exercises work every muscle in your body and burn the fat at a higher rate than cardio alone.
Finally, there are some abs and core exercises you can perform to develop the abs muscles. These are not just your typical crunches. Here, you want to work your abs from a variety of different angles in five to ten minute sessions, two to three times a week. Some effective exercises include hanging leg raises, reverse crunches, abs bicycles, plank holds and stability ball crunches.
EVERYONE has abs, it’s just that most people have a layer of fat over them. If you want to see them, you need to LOSE the fat! If you follow these basic guidelines you will be well on your way to unleashing your sexy, six pack abs and proudly displaying them some time soon!