It seems like everyone wants six pack abs. There are people who spend hours in the gym every week trying to get them. Others spend millions of dollars a year on gadgets and gizmos that promise to help flatten their stomachs and give them washboard abdominal muscles with very little effort on their part.
Achieving the almost mythical "six pack" is not an impossible goal. The trick is knowing what does not work, and focusing your efforts and energy on what does.
Eating the Right Foods
When someone says they want six pack abs, what they really mean is that they want the muscle definition in their stomach to be visible.
Most people have a fine layer of fat covering their stomach muscles. You can have firm, tight abdominal muscles but, if you do not do something about this fine layer of fat, no one will be able to see them.
The best way to get rid of this fine layer of fat is by burning off more calories than you consume. That means eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet.
Doing the Right Kinds of Exercises
Some people believe that, if they do dozens and dozens of ab exercises every day, they will always have the washboard stomach they have always wanted. But that is not necessarily the case.
That is not to say that ab exercises are useless. They do help to tighten and tone the stomach muscles. But no one will be able to see those toned, tight muscles unless you burn off the belly fat.
Making cardio exercises a part of your regular exercise program will help to burn off body fat. It will also make your heart stronger, and help improve your endurance, which are definite plusses. But pay attention to the type of work-out that you do. There is little point in doing tons of low intensity cardio exercises. Instead, focus on HIIT, aka High Intensity Interval Training. This type of exercise regimen will ensure that your body is maximizing the way it burns calories for longer longer than the time you spend exercising. You should also focus on some form of resistance training as well. Free weights are ideal, but other forms of resistance training should work too.
So, doing an ab workout as part of your regular exercise routine is great. But you will have the best results if you make both high intensity and weight training a part of your regular exercise routine too.
Think Long Term
There are many programs and products that promise to be able to help you get a flat stomach fast. And maybe they can. But the results rarely last for long. If you want to have six pack abs for a long time, it is best to use a program you can maintain long term.