Sunday, December 19, 2021

Six Pack Abs, a Flat Lean Stomach :

Six Pack Abs, a Flat Lean Stomach

No wonder we are so miserable. No wonder we spend billions on products claiming to give us the ever-elusive flat stomach.

I want to quickly explain some factors that create the "washboard" or "six-pack" stomach. Please read this article before you waste your money on belts, abdominal machines, or diet pills:

Factor 1: Low Body Fat

More than anything else, a low body fat level is what will give you that "six-pack" stomach. This is where so many people get it wrong; thinking sit-ups or abdominal training will give them the look. It won't-visible abdominals are primarily the result of having no fat to cover up the abdominal muscles. A real strategy for this look involves dieting and exercise (of which abdominal training is a relatively small part).

Factor 2: Water Balance

Once one's body fat is low, water/sodium intake can be manipulated to make the abdominal muscles even more visible. Bodybuilders usually do this before a competition, and models/actors also do the same before a photo shot or filming. Without going into all the details, it is a matter of manipulating the body's hydration so that minimal fluid is present under the skin.

Factor 3: Genetics

We are all genetically programmed to carry fat in a certain way. I have a hard time getting rid of the last little bit of fat around my stomach. Women usually have more trouble losing fat around their hips/thighs. There's not much we can do about this-we simply have to get lean enough for our body to finally tap into those stubborn fat deposits.

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