Hello everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Ab-Solutely Fit.
The human animal is definitely an interesting one. It’s an animal that truly wants to be able to show off to the fullest and for most modern day humans that’s going to be having the best body, period.
Male or female, there’s just something exciting about showing off a nice body and causing jealousy in other people.
It’s not like it’s a bad thing at all if you step out of your house and people can’t wait to comment on your hard work at the gym.
But what if you’re at the beginning and you need some specific help? After all, there are so many myths about abs that it can be hard to really figure out what you’re supposed to be paying attention to and what you’re supposed to ignore.
You just need to make sure that you build a plan that is based on sound research rather than all of the myths about abs. So, what’s your action plan?
1. Diet Starts Today – No Excuses!
One of the biggest myths is that diet really doesn’t play a role into creating the physique that you want. That’s just not true.
If your diet currently exists off a lot of fast food runs and trips to the grocery store that include candy, soda, and chips…guess what? You’re not going to chisel out those abs anytime soon.
Is it about a “balanced” diet then? Perhaps, but we like to be specific. A ketogenic diet and strength training go hand in hand.
This is a diet that’s about precision, so you will want to track your food and ensure that you are also keep your carbohydrates low and of a certain quality.
The days of refined carbohydrates like cakes, cookies, pies, donuts and the like are behind you.
If you want to build solid abs, you’re going to need good sources of protein — eggs, beef, poultry, and fish. Plant sources are okay but animal sources are much more complete from start to finish.
2. Train Hard!
A lot of the exercise-related myths surrounding the glorious abdominals rely on spot training.
There’s just no such thing. If you ultimately want to get the body you want, you’re going to need to focus on the whole thing.
Your body moves together as a system. You need to ensure that the system in question moves in a certain way.
It’s going to be up to you to make sure that you design a workout program that you can live with. If you really want a short cut to a great body overall, you can’t go wrong with strength training.
We like a circuit that focuses on dead lifts, cleans, snatch lifts, squats (with weight) and plenty of curls and flies.
You’re going to want a great chest to go with those great abs, right? Absolutely. Hitting the gym and focusing on your workout is going to be the key.
3. Rest Up!
Just as it’s important to make sure that you get your exercise in, you’re also going to want to get the right amount of rest.
Wearing yourself out at the gym can actually backfire on you. The body raises a hormone called cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.
When you’re under that type of stress, your muscles don’t grow. The body is focused on a lot of other things besides muscle growth! So you have to make sure that you get rest.
We’re talking about the basics: 8-10 good hours of sleep in a very dark room along with lots of down time. Stress ruins your progress, just like poor eating does.
However, if you put all of these points together, you’re going to have a basic blueprint for finally getting the body you’ve always wanted – abs and all!