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Want 6-Pack Abs? Here's What You Need To Do

Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you’re planning on getting six-pack abs soon, then you should know that they’re not easy to get. Like at all. But should that discourage you? Of course not, and in any case, here’s what you need to do.

Diet, Not Exercise

For many of us men, getting those coveted six-pack abs is a must and is something a lot of us dream of having one day. Unfortunately, that six-pack stays a dream for most of us while models in magazines and celebrities continue to flaunt their body achievement for all of us to see… and get a little salty about.

But don’t beat yourself up over it because it turns out getting a perfectly-chiseled midsection is not easy at all. What we’re saying is they’re very hard to get. This is because getting those coveted abdominal muscles actually has less to do with exercise and more with genetics as well as body fat percentage. Genetics are, of course, completely out of your hands while body fat is harder to control than what you might think.

Still, we all know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry, we’re on the same page (meaning we’re still determined to get a six-pack). So what do we need to do and what’s the science behind it?

According to Dr. John Morton, the head of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Yale Medicine, it starts with your body fat percentage, which measures how much of your body mass is fat.

Basically, no matter how hard you try to make those ab muscles show, they’re not going to unless you have a low enough body fat percentage. However, that specific percentage depends on you since we all have different body types with different fat distributions.

As for the exercise, the first thing to do is to avoid the other six-pack, which of course is beer. From there, start by losing weight. Do it by emphasizing your protein intake instead of carbs and fat. You can do this via weightlifting, but don’t forget your core workouts since they are important for preventing back issues even if you don’t get a six-pack in the process.

So get enough protein, avoid alcohol and continue your workouts. Hopefully, the workout gods will shine a light on you and take your abs where you want them to be.

abs Man checks body after full-body, high-intensity workout. Pixabay