3 Tips to Getting Sexy Abs

by Anna D

Many people dream of having sexy abs or just flatter abs in general. It is this fact that a lot of us tend to be frustrated when we seem to do everything we’re supposed to do and yet we don’t get the results we want. To key to ending this frustration lies in simply educating ourselves about the things that will help us achieve this goal. This post will talk about the 3 most important things that you need to understand to get the most out of your efforts in having a nice midsection.

This is my definition of sexy abs - with muscles but still very feminine

This is my definition of sexy abs - with muscles but still very feminine

But, before we move on, let me just make one thing clear when people say they want to lose weight, they really mean they want to lose fat right? I’m sure that anyone who’s reading this don’t want to lose muscle.

Ok, here are your tips:

Tip #1 You can’t crunch away your belly fat

Ever heard of people doing thousands of ab crunches a day and still have flabby abs? How about those who fall for useless ab equipment informercials on late night t.v.? All these people seem to believe that doing exercises that are specific to your “problem” body part will magically make the fat in that area go away. The one thing to understand here is that “spot training” is a complete myth!

All of us are born with muscles and in this case, we are all born with ab muscles. When people have fat (especially if there’s a lot of it) on top of those muscles, they wouldn’t be able to see their abs flatten no matter how many ab exercises they do. The key to flattening those abs is to simply reduce your overall body fat. Most women can see their abs when they have a body fat percentage of 15-17% and statistics have shown that the average American woman have a body fat percentage of 38%. Basically, you will see those abs once you get closer to your ideal body weight for your body type and you can do this by doing tips #2 and #3.

Tip #2 Calculate Your Calorie Deficit

A lot of people already know that they have to go on a “diet” in order to lose fat. When they say the word “diet,” they usually mean just eating the same way and same things they used to eat – just smaller portions. This is fine because you will get a calorie deficit this way. But, this strategy may only work for a few weeks and if you really want to see your sexy abs, it just isn’t enough.

I don’t have anything against diets because I believe that they teach us some important points especially if the diet is based on sound nutritional principles. The problem with diets is people tend to go on and off them. Either they are on a diet or they aren’t. A better way to approach this if you really want to keep the results you’ve gained is to keep the habits you’ve learned from the diet and adapt them into your everyday life for the long term.

Last but not the least, you also need to do is to figure out your calorie intake for maintenance. Calorie what? Your calorie intake for maintenance is the amount of calories you need to eat everyday in order to maintain your current weight. In order to lose weight, you have to eat under that maintenance level. Most people should start at 20% under their maintenance all the way up to 30% but no more than that. If you don’t know your calorie maintenance and need to find out your deficit as well, click on this Calorie Deficit Calculator.

Once you figure out the amount of calories you need to eat to have a deficit, you can then start to count the calories that you eat everyday. A good, free online calorie counter that I like is Sparkpeople.com. You might think that this is way too much stuff to do but it really is just an exercise in helping you get familiar with the calories in food. Once you’ve been counting calories for a good 3 months, you should be able to guess them to the point that you don’t have to do it anymore.

Why count calories? Simple: If you don’t know how much you’re eating, you’re just guessing. It’s important to know how much you’re eating right now so that when you’re results come to a halt, you can reduce your calorie intake further.

Rusty Moore of Fitness Black Book created this video about calorie counting which makes a lot of sense to me:

You can find out more about Eat Stop Eat (ESE) by clicking Eat Stop Eat (ESE). I truly believe in ESE and if you look carefully, you will find that I sent in my testimonial for the product because I truly believe in it. But, I also recommend that you master #2 first before going into any type of “diet” program.

Tip #3 Don’t be afraid to lift heavy weights

A common thing that I see, especially in women, is their lack of strength training program. I have done the same mistake before and believe me, I’m kicking myself in the butt for it. I used to hang out by the treadmills or the stationary bikes and spend countless hours there. What a waste of time!

But, if you are pressed for time and you only have about 30 minutes to spend at the gym, hit the free weights instead. Lifting barbells and dumbbells burn a lot more calories compared to cardiovascular exercise alone. What’s even better is that you will still burn calories even after you’re done with your workout! The best exercises to do for fat loss are squats, deadlifts, military presses, push ups, pull ups, chin ups, etc. Bottom line, you want to choose exercises that make use of multiple muscle groups at the same time which helps you burn more calories in a shorter period of time. If you really want to do some cardio, do this interval protocol instead. Plus, the additional muscle mass that you get will burn evern more calories compared to fat.

Take Home

Understanding and putting into action the 3 tips above will help you make big changes to your body. They may not sound very sexy like the latest cleansing diet or celebrity workout out there, but these are what works. Put in the effort and take yourself out of your comfort level by doing these and I promise that you will see your sexy abs in no time.

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