The elusive six pack is sought after by many, if not all men. And a fitter, thinner stomach is considered very desirable by women. So how does one go about achieving the coveted flat stomach? Getting a six pack is a combination of exercise and diet. Most people don’t have six packs solely because their muscle is hidden beneath a layer of fat. There are also a select few people who simply do not have big enough abdominal muscles to have the six pack they want, regardless of how much belly fat they have, or lack thereof.
For those of you who have a layer of fat covering their abs, the solution is quite simple. This does not mean it is easy however. It certainly does not mean it will come without work. The simple reality is that you have to lose weight to let those rippling abs show themselves. Now this does not mean go on some crazy fad diet. The reality is that it is far better for your health and for your weight loss goals to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. The most effective way of losing weight, and also the healthiest is to shoot for 1-2 pounds per week. If you want to lose one pound a week then you have to eat 500 calories less than you burn every day. Well your basal metabolic rate, which is how many calories you burn per day just by living, is probably a couple hundred less than two thousand. In reality we burn more than that because most of us do at least a little bit of walking. Let’s assume you burn two thousand calories in a day. If you eat seventeen hundred calories a day and burn only two hundred during exercise, you’ve met your goal. The truth is that if you are in good shape you could burn more like four hundred calories with a cardiovascular exercise. or those of us that are not in said shape, we’ll stick with two hundred. Those seventeen hundred calories should really be split into six meals. That means you can have a meal that is a little under three hundred calories once every three hours. While you may feel somewhat hungry after your first meal in the morning you’ll find that you feel better throughout the day. What this does is actually encourages your metabolism to work faster because it does not store the food as fat since it knows you will eat again soon. That means your body will break down more of the food for energy. If you follow that plan you will lose the weight and begin to see your results in no time.
Now, for those of you who are not satisfied with your six pack even after trimming fat from your body, the solution is to gain more weight. I do not mean fat of course, but muscle. If you want to gain muscle completely naturally you have to eat right. The most important part of gaining muscle weight is making sure you eat trim and healthy food. Eat as much protein as you can from meats and nuts and eat complex carbohydrates throughout the day such as rice and beans. If you eat along these two food groups and have a weight lifting routine at the gym, you will begin to gain muscle. To have an optimum gain you should keep your calorie intake at about 10-12% above what you burn eat day. If you go to far above this, you will end up with a lot more fat than you’re going to want, if you go below this, you’re cutting yourself short of muscle gain. Go below how many calories you burn in a day and you get zero muscle gain. One of the most important things to remember is that you can only really expect about a half of a pound of muscle gain per week. Your body just simply does not produce muscle much faster than that. When you follow this program for a while you will start to see your abs growing along with your other muscles. Naturally some fat will have tagged along with your muscle gain but you’ll still know if you’re getting results. Once you reach a size that you think is big enough, follow the first paragraph to shed the extra weight.
Having a six-pack is an excellent confidence booster and it is really achievable by anyone. If you think getting a six-pack is truly impossible then try these steps, and be amazed at the stomach you end up with.