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You probably know that crunches and sit-ups alone won’t give you sculpted abs. Only a drop in overall body fat will uncover your hidden muscles.
It is fully possible for you to do this with an effective combination of fat burning cardio, resistance training and clean eating. My fitness and nutrition clients routinely drop fat and transform their bodies. With a few changes in your diet and lifestyle, you can do it too!!
Here’s how to get sculpted abs…
1) Exercise a minimum of 4 times per week. It is important to dedicate yourself and make a routine of working out a minimum of 4 times a week if you want to transform your abs (or any part of your body). Anything less than this won’t make a large enough impact on your progress.
2) Make sure your workouts are effective. What makes a workout effective? It includes intense cardiovascular training coupled with effective resistance training. Walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes isn’t a fat blasting routine. Neither is a leisurely 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. The truth is that you can dramatically increase your results while investing less time when your workouts are effective.
Cardio exercise is all about maintaining an effective level of intensity. This doesn’t mean that you should be out of breath or gasping for air, but it does mean that you need to push yourself.
Resistance training is the second key part of a fat burning workout. This means working your major muscle groups against resistance in a way that stimulates your metabolism. Again, the key here is to find the right intensity and to keep each muscle group guessing.
3) Eat a clean diet. Diet is a big stumbling block for most people. If your diet is out of control then your abs (and gut) will be too. You can’t trim your waist without trimming the junk out of your diet, regardless of how intensely you exercise.
Keep calories in check. Do you know how many calories you eat? I am not an advocate of counting calories, but to see visible changes, it is essential. The best way to find out is to record everything you eat for a few days on some type of phone app. This will tell you your total caloric intake vs expenditure along with macro nutrient intake. You can then make adjustments as needed. Feel free to reach out to me to help out with this part. Together we’ll make adjustments to your diet and exercise routine to provide maximum results.
Eat REAL FOOD. Avoid processed foods from a box or package. Say “No” to junk food. While this may seem obvious, your definition of “junk food” may need an alteration. Refined sugar is one of the biggest culprits in the junk food world—it is found in soft drinks, blended coffee drinks, sport drinks, cookies, crackers, packaged snacks, and other treats. Processed fat is another monster. As a rule of thumb you can safely view all processed or refined items as junk food.
Eat more frequently. The key here is to never let your metabolism “crash” by going hours without eating. Stick with eating small meals every few hours and always avoid stuffing yourself.
Do you want to flatten and sculpt your abs once and for all? Simply decide that you really want it. Commit to yourself—you deserve it.
I would love to help fuel your body with healthy, satisfying foods and with fat-blasting workouts that deliver results. Together we will create a program unique for your body and lifestyle that will melt the fat off your abs, exposing shape and definition.