You will be glad to know that the best way to get a six pack (and hang on to it) is not through surgery or unlicensed pills and potions.
The most effective method is also the easiest on your body, and it is simply through the use of the right exercise and diet. The difficulty for most people is knowing exactly how to incorporate this into their lives, so read on for some great ideas.
A fact: the most diligent of people who train and maintain a perfect diet will not see results until week three. After that it is a case of keeping up with the healthy lifestyle to develop your physique. We are telling you this because so many people start out with good intentions but quickly become disheartened and think they must be ‘doing it wrong’. Don’t give up; it will take a little time. If anyone knows how to get a six pack in 2 weeks, do let us know (plastic surgery doesn’t count!).
The fastest way to get a six pack is to tone those abs. It sounds obvious, but many people will go straight for the stomach crunches, and this alone will not help. As well as stomach crunches you need exercises to tone the rest of the abs, such as side crunches and leg raises. Repeat each exercise 15 times to start with, and build up to three sets of each. Don’t exercise like this every day, you need to rest every other day to give the muscles a break and time to build up.
Combining toning with cardio is the best way to get a six pack. You need to get your heart pumping for at least 20 minutes three times per week, so choose something you enjoy. Running, skipping, rowing and dancing are great examples. Why not change your activity each session?
Now, onto the dull bit – diet. When you’re training you need energy and calories – this is no time to crash diet. Cutting back on saturated fats is a must. These are ‘bad’ fats that everyone should reduce anyway, and are found in cakes, fast food and pastries. You will also need to cut back on carbs, found in bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Instead get energy from protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, pulses and green vegetables. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet or exercise regime.
So the best way to get a six pack is through a combination of exercise and a good diet. Hopefully now you have some ideas to get you started. Remember, the quicker you get into a routine the easier it will be to stick to, so have a training schedule and plan your meals in advance when you go grocery shopping.