Monday, June 2, 2008

3 steps to get abs

It's all the rage and everybody wants them,but for most people they are hard to find. You know where they should be but why are they so elusive ? Every where you turn there is a new gadget or workout to get them, so whats the problem ?

The simple fact is you can do all the ab exercises in the world and most likely never see your abs, so let me tell you why. The single most important factor above anything is your diet, you will never see your abs if you have a layer of fat covering them or you retain to much water.

Step 1.

Avoid foods that are high in sugar and salt, salt makes your body retain water giving you a bloated look. Also eliminate processed foods and try to eat everything fresh not from a can or box.

Choose lean meat poultry and fish for proteins. And eat low glycemic carbs like oatmeal , sweet potatoes, brown rice. You need to eat at least 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight you wish to achieve, or keep ( if you want to weigh 200 lbs you need to take in at least 200 grams of protein a day) if you don't your body will store the fat you take in and attack your hard earned muscle for energy first.

Step 2.

Try to eat at least every 3 hours to speed up your body's metabolism, this will help burn off the foods you eat much faster. If you skip meals or eat on a very irregular basis your body will go into a starvation mode and store fats not knowing when its going to get the next meal.

Step 3.

Have a vision and a plan before you work out, it all starts in your mind. Visualize what you want to look like, in order to achieve you need to believe first. Cut out a picture of someone with the abs you are looking to achieve and put it on your refrigerator to keep it in your mind and motivated.

Have a sound plan , remember no one plans to fail they fail to plan. As with any workout you have a plan of attack for your body. Everyone is unique in there own way, genetics, body type,daily work schedule.

You may have noticed all the different ab exercises, break your abs down into three sections. You have upper abs, lower abs, and obliques . If you have excess fat you need to do a higher rep routine consisting of bicycles crunches, stick twist, floor crunches. If you are trying to make your abs stick out more you need to do weighted ab exercises like decline sit ups with dumbbell plates, kneeling rope extensions, reverse crunches.

Want To Know More ? see - Mind Body Connection And Your Fitness Goals

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