So you want abs?

May 15, 2014|Posted in: Health, Workouts

Abs – I hear about them all the time.  Everyone wants abs!  They want a flat stomach with a 6 pack and the ability to flaunt it comfortably.  I can’t say that I blame them!  So what is the big challenge with it and why is getting that amazing 6 pack so hard to achieve?  I think it’s because the way we think we get there is incorrect.

Have you ever heard that “abs are made in the kitchen”?  Well, there is some truth to that.  A lot of people think that if you just do numerous crunches every day your abs will magically show up and that’s all you need to do.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Abs are created in the kitchen and then built in the gym.

While the human body can be a very complicated thing, don’t over-complicate how we get muscle to show up.  We all have the same muscles.  Our stomach muscles are there no matter what weight you are at.  But the way you get them to show through is simple: remove fat and make the muscle bigger.  This applies to many parts of your body, not just your abs.  So if you do 10,000 crunches a day but still have a lot of fat around your stomach, those muscles (i.e. abs) are never going to show through.  It’s just how things work.

So back to the kitchen vs gym debate.  What you eat plays a MAJOR part into how much fat you have.  Even if you do a lot of cardio, it can be really hard to burn off excess calories to a certain point.  In order to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in.  So it’s possible to do a lot of cardio and still take in excess calories which means you will still gain weight.

The way to begin removing the fat from your stomach is to start by watching what you eat.  This just means eating a lot of lean protein, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables.  The simple stuff that we all learned when we were a kid.  Not a lot of highly fattening foods.  Then I would suggest also doing some cardio in combination with that.  This way you will begin to remove the fat from your stomach and then you get to work on making those muscles bigger.

The next part of this whole “getting abs” thing involves making the muscles in there bigger.  So yes, this does mean doing crunches.  But don’t just stop at crunches.  There are many other exercises you can do to help with this.  You can do planks (so many versions), sit ups, squat thrusts, v-ups, use an ab roller (great thing to purchase) – anything that really engages your core and causes you to use your ab muscles.  Work your stomach muscles so they show up!

I don’t want this to sound discouraging.  It might be for people who thought they could just do those crunches for awhile and call it a day.  This isn’t meant to discourage you.  I want to give you the facts and the tools for something that you might want to achieve.

If you want abs, it will take some work.  But the work will be worth it.  Anything worth achieving usually is worth the effort, right?  So, if you are one of those people always thinking about how you want abs, use this information to get there.  Every body type is different so it might take a different amount of time for you than someone else.  But try not to make it too complicated.

This all boils down to the only “diet” I ever approve of and that’s really proven to work – eat healthy and exercise.  You will see results!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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