You may have noticed. But getting abs is hard. Like really hard. Like, really really hard. There are countless supplements, ‘Belly Blasting’ workouts and fad diets that supposedly will give you abs. Don’t listen to them! They are all scams. The INVIGORADE team is here to give you solid advice on how to get abs and maintain them!
“Abs are made in the kitchen and not in the gym.” You may have heard it a thousand times, but unfortunately, its true. Getting abs and maintaining a certain physique requires a healthy diet. This means, lots of fruits and veggies, and most importantly, lean protein. Out of all the macronutrients lean protein has the highest thermogenic effect on the body.
But as we said last week, remember to carb up after workouts! (Oh and drink some INVIGORADE while you are at it, it's good for you.)
And finally on the diet frontier, eat fats! We are caught up in such a culture of ‘low fat’ or ‘no fat’, that masquerades as ‘healthy’. Everything in moderation, but don’t be afraid to include healthy fats like oils and nuts into your diet, these will keep up your insulin levels and help with fat reduction.
Stop doing crunches. Stop it. Like right now.
Crunches are a very misleading workout. Since they only focus on an isolated part of your body, not in relation to the rest of you, they don’t really work that well. Compound, multi-joint, total body movements will promote more total fat loss and promote a much bigger muscle building response than crunches and sit-ups ever will. Make sure you work abs, but not too much. Here are a few exercises that will help give you real results:
Close-Grip Bench Press
Don’t forget cardio!
This is important. You have probably heard that running is the best way to burn fat. But you may not have heard that running long distances actually burns muscle. This is the last thing you want if you are hoping to build up your abs. When you do cardio (Run, Bike, Swim etc.) , try and do intervals of cardio and some of the workouts we listed above. Swim two laps and then get out and do 10 pushups, or run a mile and then do a few mountain climbers and then run another mile!
So there you have it. Abs for days, just remember to eat healthy, do more than just crunches and do interval cardio workouts. #KeepItUp, warriors!
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