The question of how to get a six pack is one that can be answered fairly easily, but it can also be answered in many different ways. By now, I’m sure this is painfully obvious to you. Every authority will suggest different workouts or different diets. If you tried to adhere to everyone’s diet rules on what not to eat, you’d starve to death. Today, we’ll focus on the basics you need to know. You can make your choices as to the specifics.
Getting a six pack is not about muscle gain but instead about fat loss. All abdominal muscles are shaped as a six pack naturally; the only problem is they can’t be seen for most people. Once you get your body fat percentage low enough, you’ll have a six pack.
There are two physical components and one mental one that you’ll have to utilize to get a six pack. You need every component of the trio or you will undoubtedly fail. The physical requirements include proper diet and exercise. On the mental side, you have desire or persistence (they are really just different aspects of the same thing).
Dieting alone usually fails. Most often, the diet will yield some apparent results briefly, and shortly after you will bounce back to your original weight, if not higher. Poor diets destroy muscle mass and lower metabolism.
To avoid the initial drawback of dieting, it helps to throw in a cheat day every few days, or at least once a week, to restore leptin levels. This brings your metabolism back up. The muscle problems can be reduced with high protein intake. Ultimately, the purpose of the diet is to create a calorie deficit and speed things along.
Exercise has multiple purposes. The first aim is muscle maintenance, the second is calorie burning. You can burn plenty of calories during your muscle workout, but for bulk loss, you need some sort of activity focused primarily on burning calories. Both High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and steady-state cardio do well for this. If you can work both into your schedule, that’s even better. HIIT sessions will usually burn more calories overall and have a whole bunch of additional benefits, but you should only do them once every other day max. If you like, you can do steady state cardio every day.
There is always a mental component in anything you do that should not be overlooked. Without the motivation to do the work, the techniques don’t matter. Writing down a list of powerful reasons you want six pack abs can help to keep motivation high and focus your mind. Pictures help as well. The pictures could be of people you want to impress, those you want to look like, or those you couldn’t stand to let yourself look like. This makes your goal more real. Keep your list and pictures nearby throughout the day to make sure you don’t forget. You build up momentum when you work out and it becomes easier to do. When you miss a session, that momentum crumbles. After the first miss, many will miss many more or even give up.