Few fitness goals are as sought after and elusive as tight, well-defined abdominal muscles, the so-called ‘6 pack abs.’ Even men without similar aspirations for huge arms, broad lats or massive pectorals will lift up their shirts in front of a mirror and survey their midriffs. They are one of the few ambitions pursued with equal fervor by both men and women and once achieved are worn as badge of pride by both sexes; and rightfully so for it is not easy to develop a nice 6 pack. Here are a few tips that could prove useful.
## Change your diet.
The single biggest blunder that folks make when trying to get 6 pack abs is failing to adequately alter their diet. Unlike pectorals and biceps (just to name two) the abdominal muscles are nestled deeper in the body and are therefore more naturally shrouded in body fat. This has absolutely no bearing, of course, on your ability to develop that muscle group BUT even well-developed, rock hard abs aren’t a 6 pack unless they’re seen. This is precisely what makes the goal of a 6 pack so elusive; it is a product not just of the muscle group itself but also of overall body fat index.
## You should eat differently but not necessarily less..
If you are trying to build any muscle group it’s far better to lose weight by watching what it is you are eating instead of concentrating too much on how much you’re eating. Now clearly, if you are drastically overeating that must be brought in check but that aside it’s more advantageous to eat smarter rather than eat less. Muscle advancement requires calories and so significantly choking off your calorie consumption will only impede your efforts. Also if you’re running too much of a daily caloric deficit your metabolism will adjust so as to reduce weight loss; this is a perfectly natural process by the way, intended to fight off starvation. Eat healthier, less processed food. Avoid refined sugars and flour. Try to eat whole grains in the place of refined grains. And, if you are serious about shedding that body fat, cut out alcohol entirely.
## Prepare to exercise a great deal..
There are lots of good ab workouts (and fat burning workouts for that matter) circulating in gyms and online where, you could no doubt find a different abs exercise video for every day of the year. Most workouts will feature crunches, sit ups, leg lifts and static holds. Here are a few pieces of advice:
– ensure you know how to do ANY exercise properly before you start as it is easy to strain your back or neck or even your abs if you recklessly throw yourself into an exercise without the correct form
– for effective muscle growth you must afford muscles a chance to rebuild this means you cannot be doing killer workouts every day alternate your exercise days with cardio days
– drink lots of water
– if you’re aggressively developing your abs be sure to develop your back muscles and the rest of your core at the same time
## Have patience.
Don’t get frustrated if you do not have a tidy little 6 pack after a couple of weeks. Don’t give up. More importantly don’t get impatient and attempt to force the issue either by starving yourself or hurting yourself it at the gym.
There is a reason why 6 pack abs are so desired. Even apart from the sheer aesthetics of a nice set of abdominals, a good 6 pack, by virtue of how hard they are to obtain, shows that you have truly done the work and are serious about your body, your health and the way you look.