Although summer is over and we’re getting ready for the winter months, there are still tons of men and women out there still doing countless sit ups and crunches to get that six pack they all dream of. The problem is, you can do all the crunches and sit ups you want but, if your diet is not right, your abs will never be able to make an appearance. The truth is, we all have a six pack in there somewhere. For some, it is just beneath our layer of skin and it is very apparent to the naked eye. For others, it is hidden under layers and layers of fat and it is waiting for you to clean up your diet and work out program to bring it out. Implement these easy strategies and help reveal your abs just in time for bathing suit season:
Cardio, Cardio, Cardio!
First of all, does your workout routine include any cardiovascular activity? If not, that is one of your biggest mistakes. You can do all of the ab exercises you want but, if you are not doing enough cardio to burn the fat throughout your body off, your abs will never show. Cardio is superior in fat burning when compared to any other type of exercise. It is crucial to your fitness routine in order to burn fat and preserve muscle. In order to reap the benefits from cardio, you should be working out at approximately 70% of your maximum heart rate for 45 to 60 minutes per day, five to seven days per week. Some cardio you can do to help melt the fat away is running, spin classes, interval training and swimming.
Spread Out Your Meals
Instead of consuming large meals a few times a day, try spreading your meals out into smaller portions but more often in the day. By doing this, you will keep your metabolism reved all day long, burning more calories and minimizing the blood sugar spike that often occurs as a result of heavy meals.
Go Low Carb
Carbohydrates are not bad, and have gotten a bad rap since the Atkins diet made its’ debut years ago. Carbohydrates do tend to bloat you though, so it is important to eat a low carb diet, and choose good carbs when adding them to your meals. Carbs such as cupcakes, cookies, juice, bread, white rice, potatoes and other refined foods have little to no nutritional value. They do not add anything to your diet that truly benefit your body. In order to attain a six pack, you will have to replace these foods in your diet with better carb choices such as vegetables, foods high in fiber and gluten free whole grains. Eating low carb does not mean wiping carbs completely out of your diet, it simply means to make good choices when choosing them and, preferably, eating them early in the day when you have the rest of the day to burn them off.
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