We could say that Getting ripped six-pack abs is really a tall order.There’s a lot of things to be considered if you want to get those muscles in your belly to be revealed and look their best.In this article, we’ll address the main problem most people have when it comes to defining their abdominals.
On a scale of 1 to 10, for most people, losing weight ranks at about a 7 or an 8. If we use the same scale to grade difficulty at getting abs, it will rank roughly around 27.Yes… getting a six pack is a Herculean task. You may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen. You may have heard that 70% is based on your diet, and 30% is based on your training
What nobody really tells you is that it is 100% dedication to both your diet and training. Losing weight is very different from getting a six-pack. Most people can lose weight by cutting their calories and exercising more. However, getting a visible six-pack will require much more sweat equity and sacrifices in your training and diet.
Comparing normal weight loss to getting abs is like juggling 3 oranges in your kitchen to performing as a professional juggler at a circus. The actions are similar but the time, effort, and difficulty that comes with it are a lot more challenging.
Dieting for six-pack abs
Now that we’ve established that getting a six-pack is a task from hell… let’s see how it impacts your diet.
With normal weight loss, eating less will suffice in bringing about positive results. So, people who are trying to lose weight may still eat foods such as white bread, pasta, chocolates, etc. in moderation. As long as they’re eating fewer calories than they’re expending, it’s all good and they will lose fat.
For the person who is trying to see his or her six-packs, they will already be lean. Any and every calorie that is consumed is either working for them or against them.
Since body fat levels will be low, your calorie consumption will just be enough to keep you healthy and fit. No excess calories are allowed because it will result in fat gain.
You will need to eat foods that are wholesome and beneficial. The foods you eat should not only be nutritious but should also bethermogenic
. That means that they are fat-burning foods.
Whole grains such asoatmeal and brown rice, lean meats, lentils, beans, unsweetened green tea
, etc. are all highly beneficial.
Vegetables such asbroccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
etc. are essential to your diet. These vegetables can combat the negative effects ofxenoestrogens
(a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen. They can be either synthetic or natural chemical compounds). Cruciferous vegetables are a good source of fiber and must be consumed regularly.
When trying to get a sick pack, there is only a certain amount of food that you can consume before you hit your daily calorie requirement. All the food you eat must meet your macro and micronutrient needs.
You don’t have the luxury of eating foods that are detrimental even if you’re at a caloric deficit. Chemicals in processed foods, additives, hidden sugars, etc. will wreak havoc on your body and hinder fat loss. It will be extremely difficult to burn off the last stubborn layer of fat on your tummy if your diet is not clean and wholesome.
Stick with single-ingredient foods and you may have to endure a month or two of bland food. This is a necessary sacrifice to burn off belly fat. However, once it’s all burnt off, maintaining a six-pack is easier.
You’ll be able to sneak in a chocolate bar or soda now and then because your metabolic rate is high enough to burn off these calories quickly. However, that’s only once you’ve reached your goal. Anything before that is not even an option.
You must bite the bullet and sacrifice the unhealthy foods that we are all guilty of loving just a tad too much. Eat lean, eat healthily and you will slowly but surely burn off all your fat and see your abs.
Nothing tastes as good as the feeling you will get when you have a midsection that looks like it was carved out of stone. Very few reach this goal… but you will… and it starts with what you eat. Eat right.