“I want abs!” This is the most common statement heard around gyms everywhere. And what I tell everyone is this: “You already have them!”
Abdominal muscles aren’t noticeable, nor do they “pop” when there is a layer of fat covering them. Taking the steps to shed the fat will get you on your way to that 4, 6, or 8 pack that you want.
I will make these steps simple.
- Exercise! Many people who want abs do countless crunches to obtain them. This doesn’t work. You’ll just end up with strong abdominal muscles with fat on top.
Cardiovascular activity will burn fat and make you feel better overall. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, such as biking, walking, running, swimming, etc.
- Cut the sugar. Period.
- Eat the recommended amount of protein. (See my last post)
- Fiber. The body doesn’t digest fiber as quickly as other foods. Therefore it keeps you full longer. The FDA advises 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Good sources of fiber include beans, almonds, apples, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, pears (with skin), oatmeal, barley, raspberries, peas and broccoli.
The running theme here is 90% of abs are made up in the kitchen. Eat clean. The less ingredients the better.
Abdominal exercises to chisel the abs are slow and controlled crunches, planks, side planks, and bicycles. Very basic but effective movements.
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Fitness Tips With Tara is a health and exercise series by fitness expert, Tara Campbell (NASM, CPT). Tara teaches aerobics classes and personal training at Spring Fitness at 2400 FM 2920 in Spring, Texas. For more information, please call 281-353-1268.