If you clicked on this article its because you’re looking for a quick fix right? An easy way to lose weight and get the six pack you’ve always wanted…. or maybe used to have back when you were younger and in shape. Well Im here to tell you first off that a six pack will not make you a happier person once you get there. You’ll actually find that its quite difficult to maintain a physique that requires a six pack, the hours of strength training and cardio as well as a strict diet that has limited calories.
Just to give you an idea of the amount of time and work that it takes to get six pack abs. Here is a comparison photo of myself! In the left photo I was 20 weeks into contest prep for a National level show in the bikini divison. I am 20 lbs lighter on the left (130 lbs), my calories are about 900 calories lower (1,300 cal/ day), 45 minutes of cardio/week, missing my cycle, and strength was significantly decreased.. And then you have my current physique on the right 20 lbs heavier (150lbs), maintaining at 2,200-2,300 calories/day, full body functional training 4-5 days/week which includes a mix of strength training and cardio. My cycle is normal, and strength is increasing!
To me its overrated, UNLESS your goals require you to reach that level of training (LIKE A BODYBUILDING SHOW) which is way I always push my clients to first achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle before they make it a goal to even attempt to get washboard abs. 90% of the general population first needs to focus on how they can make healthier choices in their every day lives before they try to find their “quick fix”,( which by the way also wont get you a six pack). In order to live a healthy lifestyle we first need to instill healthy habits that will help increase longevity!
1. Make it A Habit!
Before you make a goal to get six pack abs we need to focus on the basics and necessities that will help you live a healthier/ more balanced lifestyle first. This includes at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise per week, on top of a diet that focuses on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Its better to start off with goals you know you can hit. So start off with 1-2 days per week of 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise and work your way up to 150 minutes per week. This should include exercise modalities that fit your current fitness level and focus on the goals you want to achieve.
For example if you’d like to improve cardiovascular endurance and get stronger, then include exercise modalities that will help you achieve this goal.
A lot of people think there is some secret ingredient that fit people eat that make their physiques look attainable. I’ve heard the MOST ridiculous stories of people eating certain foods to burn more fat, 1,200 calorie diets, meal replacement shakes, detoxes…you name it! The ONE thing that “fit”people have in common when it comes to nutrition is consistency, dedication, and simply taking the time to make their training and nutrition a priority. For the most part they may meal prep and fuel their bodies with lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They meal prep, plan ahead, and make sure they are fueling their bodies correctly because they have goals that they need to hit. But they aren’t robots they don’t eat healthy ALL the time. They go out to dinner, eat ice, and pizza, BUT its not an everyday habit, their everyday habits support the goals that they want to hit and that requires them again to plan ahead and stay consistent!
As with nutrition consistency wins the day the more consistent you are with training and nutrition, the more it becomes a habit and the quicker you will see results. I think its absolutely absurd when people aren’t satisfied when they haven’t lost 10+ pounds in 2 weeks and they haven’t changed their eating habits and train 1-2 times per week. NEWS FLASH progress doesn’t happen over night, and it’s definitely not going to happen if you don’t change what you’ve been doing and sprinkle in some exercise every now and then. It takes TIME…. hours, weeks, and years of hard work.
Overall when it comes to health and fitness reaching your goals should never be easy OR quick. The journey and process is what its all about! I hope this brings light to a very misunderstood topic in health and fitness!
I am very passionate about what I do, I love to educate and inspire individuals to become the best version they can be! If you would like to work together you can check out my Online Coaching page and fill out a form and I will be in contact with you ASAP!