rocket science, but doing a lot of research and reading articles on it will help you weed out what are hard proven scientific facts versus the myths.
Here are Your Top 10 Myths in getting six pack abs.
- Myth 1: Doing sit ups will flatten my abs
A common misconception among most people is that doing 1000 crunches is the answer to flat stomach and hard rock abs. They work so hard to achieve that 1000 crunches a sitting only to realize that the abs aren’t still showing. Remember, you’re belly will have a layer of fat before your layer of muscles. So, if you have that big fat flab, chances are youre abs, even though hard rock already, won’t still show.
- Myth 2: Dieting alone will show my abs
Definitely not. Don’t you ever wonder why not all thin people have hard rocks abs? This is because dieting may give you that flat abs, but to get those puppies like Arnold, and Calvin Klein Models? Then you have to incorporate weight training. Please note that your soon-to-be-abs is still muscles. Muscles need resistance training to grow. Thus if you don’t work them out, then they won’t grow. Simple mathematics.
- Myth 3: I can eat as much as I can as long as I do a lot of exercises
Dieting and Exercise goes both ways. You cannot do one away from the other. It’s a sad reality when you’re finish killing yourself with an intense 60 minute workout that you cannot indulge yourself in sweets, junk food and ice-cream. Proper diet is a must when you want those 6 pack abs to show. There are no shortcuts to this one. Boiled chicken breast, Veggies and Fruits anyone?
- Myth 4: Not eating carbohydrates is good
I don’t know who came up with this, but most serious body builders will tell you that you still have to consume some sort of carbohydrates to keep your energy up. Try to get your carbohydrates from fruits and veggies as contrary to grain like rice, pasta, and bread.
- Myth 5: Doing slow pace cardio work like jogging will burn more fat
A lot of people would be guilty with this one because majority thinks that by running 60 minutes a day is the best solution to having those abs. Although running for this long may do you some good, but short interval trainings are best in getting those abs and also in shape. High intensity cardio workouts, even kept to 20-30 minutes a day maybe more effective than running/walking an hour or two.
- Myth 6: Sauna’s and steam baths help me produce sweat, thus burning fat
Another funny myth that a lot of old people believe is that when one produces sweat, they’re losing weight and fats. The truth is that it will not. Sweat is a reaction device your body activates when your core body temperature rises. You sweat because you’re body wants to cool itself down, not because it wants to lose weight. If this were this easy then all of us would be thin people right now.
- Myth 7: Diet pills are amazing!
Trust me, when someone offers you some diet pill, do yourself a favour and don’t buy it. If it were that so easy to be fit and having those six pack abs, then all of us would have it by then and I don’t have to write this article already. Theory in economics- There is no such thing as a free lunch.
- Myth 8: I don’t want to do weights training because it will make me bigger.
Bull!”£ really. Weights’ training is as important as dieting- you need it as well. You abdominal muscles won’t grow if you don’t incorporate weights training with it. Think about it, does your bicep muscle grow if you’re just carrying the same weight a thousand times? I don’t think so. Add weights to your abdominal workout and see those ab muscles grow.
- Myth 9: Eating at night will make me fat
Part of the whole good dieting to get those 6 pack abs is to have a lot of small meals in between meals. This may include eating at night. Obviously if you’re eating a whole chicken or pig every night, you might get fat. However, what you want to do is to eat something little before you sleep. Every time you eat, your stomach consumes calories to digest your food. If you don’t eat, it hibernates thinking you’re in survival mode, and turns those unused energy into fats. By eating a little like some fruits or peanuts, you’re actually preventing your stomach from hibernating that night, and continue to burn those calories up even while sleeping!
- Myth 10: My whole family is fat, therefore I’m going to be fat the rest of my life
A good excuse to give to not get those 6 pack abs you always wanted. Getting 6 pack abs takes a lot of commitment. Having a proper diet and a good workout routine, you will get those abs. It may be harder for some people (You have to hate the genes), but with enough research, hard work and commitment you will get those hard rock abs you always dreamt of.
What other Myths do you know of?