The reasons behind your unsuccessful attempts at building a decent six-pack might be not what you expect them to be. Since the six pack seems to be quite elusive for many people, they tend to rely on popular myths as means of consolation. The good news – you’re not the only one with seemingly failed efforts. The bad news – you have to stop believing in nonsense if you really want to move forward.
To get enviable abs, you’ll need to sweat long and hard in the gym with the right types of exercises. And before you start with that, you’ll need a healthy mindset that can get you to the finish line.
So first of all, if you’re serious about building a killer six pack, do yourself a favor and shake off these toxic myths that circulate in the fitness community, so you can make some room for real progress:
1. You must eliminate all carbs
Instead of excluding carbs from your diet altogether, replace the biggest part of the simple carbs you consume with more complex ones such as whole grains, legumes, beans, and certain vegetables and fruits, as they can provide your body with a steady flow of energy lasting all through your workouts. And we assume you already know that if you want to lose fat, you shouldn’t eat more than you can burn and that applies to all types of food. Every food comes with a caloric value, so adjust portions according to your needs and goals.
2. Whatever, genetics are everything
It’s the body fat percentage that prevents your abs from showing up, not poor genetics. Of course that genetics determine where your body stores fat, as well the actual shape of your abs, but you can still lose the excess fat and make those muscles visible. Simply put, there is no such thing as a person who’s genetically predestined to lack the ability of building his ab muscles. We all have them and we all have to lose fat and train hard to make them shine through – some more than others, but that’s it. No one was born with a sculpted six pack, okay?
3. Have you heard of spot reduction?
In case you haven’t, spot reduction is the term for attempting to burn excess fat from a specific area of the body simply by performing exercises that target that area, like doing crunches in order to lose belly fat – this is not going to happen, guys. Fat loss is not site-specific (unlike muscle building), which means that when you gain/lose weight, it will be spread/lost all throughout your body, even though some areas will come first and some last, depending on genetics. So performing an endless number of exercises that target a specific region of the body won’t magically lead to an incredible fat loss in that certain region, but it will most certainly influence the growth of the muscles underneath the fat reserves!
4. You can’t get a six pack without a fat burner
Yes, fat burners can help you reduce the amount of body fat, but they’re not specially designed to target abdominal fat so you don’t have to spend a ton of money on fat burners in order to get a flat stomach. Fat burners should serve as an addition to a proper diet and regular training.
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