One of the most frequently asked questions in fitness sounds a lot like: “I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on targeting belly fat. I had a child and since that I can’t seem to loose that “pouch” off of the lower abs! I have tried many different ab exercises and cardio and I go to the gym 4-5 days a week.” Here’s a 3-step simple system for losing the belly fat and getting 6 pack abs in no time.
The #1 question that is asked on all fitness sites, bodybuilding forums, magazines and late night TV infomercials sounds a lot like these:
How to I lose the stubborn belly fat? How do I lose abdominal fat? How to do I get great abs? How do I lose the stomach pouch off the lower abs?These are all too common question and they are so popular that it’s the reason the weight reduction arena is a multi- billion dollar (yes billion) industry.
You are about to read the real secret to great abs and how to lose the abdominal fat without spending money on supplements or following some diet-of-the-month and it’s going to be a very simple formula that you can follow. Remember…
Your abdominal muscle is like the rest of the muscles in your body. They require training if you want them to be larger and stronger. A common mis-conception is that you must train your abs several times a week. This will only lead to overtraining. Your abs are a muscle. Train it like everything else. No need to focus and go overboard. Two to three times a week of focused ab work or core strength is generally the rule for 6 pack abs.
An Easy 3-Step System For Ripped Abdominals:
Step 1Training: 1% of your overall ab development will actually come from training. Consider the fact that most people think 90% of your results come from training, you can see this isn’t the popular consensus. Needless to say, that’s where most focus their efforts. They don’t get their nutrition in order, they don’t use cardio effectively so the masses just do more ab training and more crunches. Ultimately for your abs to show you must have abs to show and a low percentage of body fat for them to appear. More training does nothing to eliminate the layer of fat that is covering them. This is commonly know as spot reduction. Training an area for the sole purpose of eliminating fat in that area.
Tip – Do not make training the #1 priority to show off those abs. Train them like any other muscle. More ab work will not make your abs appear. Focus on lowering your body fat levels and not spot reduction.
Cardio: 9% of your effort can be directed as using cardio as a fat burning tool. High intensity interval training is by far the fastest and most efficient method you can use to shed the pounds. You’ll want to keep in mind, using cardio is a tool. Not a foundation. This simply means that doing marathon sessions will not be to your advantage. Learn to use cardio effectively and you can enhance and boost your metabolism beyond what even eating the right foods can do. Some competitive bodybuilders use cardio up to twice a day for 30 days to just chisel off that last remaining layer of fat that’s cover up the abdominal region.
Tip – Cardio can be done twice a day for a full body shock! Just keep in mind this method is a short term tool and not a routine you would use for any length of time.
Nutrition: 90% of your efforts will be based upon your diet. In order to show off the abs, you must get rid of the layer of fat that is covering them up. It is that simple. Many people will train their abs and do all kinds of cardio and they still forget that nutrition plays such a massive roll in getting rid of belly fat. You must know how many calories a day you need to eat and what to eat in order to get your nutrition on track and working for you. Going to the gym more often, doing more cardio and more hanging crunches will do you no good if you fail 90% of the test.
Tip – Use nutritional fundamentals to turn your body into a fat burning furnace.
Wait just a second…
Before you rush off to check your nutrition, cardio and training, take this next concept into consideration.
Loose Skin: Skin is very elastic and over time (age) or with a large amount of weight reduction it may not just spring back like it did. In this case, surgery may be the only option once you have reached a very low level of overall body fat.
-Many women may experience this because of pregnancy. -Many men and women may experience this because of a large amount of weight reduction.
For example, if a man was under 10% body fat and had loose skin, this is a prime example where skin may need to be taken away because of other circumstances. While this is pretty rare it does happen and if the skin cannot bounce back, there’s little options a person has except to have it removed. What this means is…
If you have a low enough (12-15% or less body fat for a woman in this example) and you still have a lot of loose skin from slimming down or pregnancy, you may want to explore the option of having that excess skin removed.
With that said…
The secret to ripped abs is nothing more then 3-steps in this order of importance:
-Nutrition -Cardio -TrainingYou see, all of the programs you’ll find will adhere to these 3 concepts. Once you have the abs, you need to show them. In order to show them, you will need to get rid of the layer of fat that is covering them up. It’s easy to lose the belly fat when you know how.