If you’ve tried and failed to get a six-pack in the past, this post is for you.
It shouldn’t be so puzzling. Once you really get these 6 points, you’ll know where you went wrong.
(1) You’re just eating too damn much.
Always keep in mind that the single most important factor is getting your total body fat down to the level where you can see your abs.
Everyone already has abs. Yes, they might not be very ‘sculpted’, but everyone already has them.
Getting a six-pack is primarily about getting your body fat down below 10% for men, and about 17% for women. If you aren’t this lean, you just won’t see a six-pack. Getting lean is the priority.
(2) You’re eating too many carbs
[tweetthis]If you eat carbs, you burn carbs. If you eat fat (and low carb), you become a fat-burner.[/tweetthis]
Becoming a fat-burner i.e. burning fat as your primary source of fuel is a called fat-adaptation. (This is covered in a new movie called Cereal Killers 2 – Run on Fat.)
The body only burns protein for fuel in emergency situations. So the deal is this: if you want to really tap into your body fat stores for energy, you reduce your carb intake to force the body into fat-burning mode.
Also, if you are sensitive to carbs, what can happen is that although you may be creating a caloric deficit with your diet, you are sending the wrong hormonal signals to the body i.e. telling your body to be in “storage” mode, not “burning” mode.
This is a complicated topic you can learn more about in my article ‘carbs and weight loss‘, but to simplify, through high-insulin levels and with leptin resistance, your body is put into an energy storage mode. Even though you are in a caloric deficit, your body will compensate by slowing its metabolism way down.
You’ll feel lazy, tired, lethargic, and ready to quit your diet. Your workouts will suck, and you may even lose muscle.
After a week of hunger you step on the scales and… you lose nothing! Sound familiar? You may have been hungry all week, but your body slowed everything down to match your low calorie intake and you ended up losing nothing.
Ditch that low-fat, high-carb approach, and go with what science says is the best way to torch fat.
Science has repeatedly proven the combination of the type of diet and training used in Total Six Pack Abs as THE SINGLE BEST way to lose fat and improve body composition.
No doubt about it, it is a lower-carb and weight training combo that beats everything else for weight loss. Even better, it beats everything else for body recomposition i.e. more lean mass with less fat mass.
TSPA has its own diet and meal plans. I have so much confidence in this product that TSPA comes with a 100% no-quibble money-back guarantee.
This leads me on nicely to my next point…
(3) You are trying to cardio your way to a six-pack
Cardio’ing your way to a six-pack is fine if you want to look emaciated and have people ask if you are sick.
Those of us in the know, know that cardio is actually the least important factor. In terms of effectiveness, it goes like this:
- Weight/Resistance Training
…in that order.
And cardio can be seen as optional – I don’t do any. A lot of the guys that have succeeded on TSPA didn’t do any.
Again, you change the composition of your body primarily with diet and weight training. Cardio is optional, and can even be a detriment if you do too much.
(4) You’ve more local fat storage around the mid-section than most people (like me)
Yes, I’m afflicted with this one myself. I tend to store most of my fat around my belly. So if I add fat, I lose my six-pack fast.
Patterns of fat-storage are genetically determined, so there is nothing you can do about it. Guys in this camp just need to get a little leaner than most before their ab muscles are visible.
While, for the vast majority of guys, 10% is the six-pack barrier, you may need to crack 9% or even 8% if most of your fat is stored around the waist. Don’t moan. Don’t complain. Just get it done.
(5) You’re “crunching” your way to a six-pack
I really hope this doesn’t apply to anyone reading this.
But I’m still shocked that in 2015 people are still buying bizarre contraptions from QVC to work their abs. Puh-lease!!
Like I said in point 1. Building ab muscles is the easy part. Getting your body fat below 10% is the hard part.
[tweetthis]Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.[/tweetthis]
It doesn’t matter if you do 1000 crunches a day. All you need is 1 or 2 short-but-intense ab sessions a week (along with training the rest of your body) coupled with the right diet and you’ll succeed.
(6) You’re relying on miracle supplements that “melt belly fat”
Again, in the year 2015, this is just sad.
There is no such thing. You can’t possibly target fat around the midsection. You can only lose TOTAL body fat, then your own genetics will determine the pattern of where it comes off over time.
To believe that any miracle berry, green tea, or fat-burning supplement could contain a chemical that goes straight to the fat on your belly and burns it…is just really silly.
To promote this nonsense is to promote magic. Stop it.
So there you have it: 6 ways a lot of people screw up in their effort to get ripped. Now you know 😉
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