How to Get Washboard Abs
by Todd Scott, ISSA-CPT
Training Advisor, Men's Fitness magazine
To Get Washboard Abs you need 4 things in place for the fastest results possible, and they are:
1) Supportive Nutrition:
2) Concern for Muscle
3) Meal Timing
4) Cardio Training
It's really that simple. Think about it. It's really easy to forget all 4 of these steps, and just worry about training your abs. But it's really hard to develop washboard abs if you have a big layer of fat over them. If you don't believe me, you can see how Mark Pfeltz set the Guiness Book of World Records for number of sit-ups, and still had layers of fat on his belly by going to the Washboard Abs homepage.
This consists of eating frequent small meals consistently throughout the day. As odd as it sounds, eating frequently helps speed up your metabolism and increases the number of calories you burn per day.
Concern for Muscle
This factor is often overlooked, especially by females. Muscle cells are where fat is actually burned, so the more muscle you have, the more fat you'll burn. Now, ladies, I don't mean you have to go get all bulked up, but it's important to have resistance training in your program when you're on a calorie restricted diet. It'll help save the fat burning muscle and keep the calorie burning on high speed!
This step is extremely important, if you eat frequently consistent small meals, you'll "trick" trick your body into being more liberal when it comes to burning fat. Frequent feedings will give it the sense that it's not going to starve to death, and it won't be so stubborn in releasing fat as energy. However, if you only eat 1-2 times per day, it has a sense that since the feedings are infrequent there's a need to hang on to the energy and store it as fat... so eat light and often and you'll burn more fat calories!
This is the least important factor in burning fat and getting washboard abs. For the fastest results, it's recommended that you incorporate some type of cardio training for fat loss. If you're a beginner or intermediate, start with steady state cardio. If you're advanced, you can go straight to the interval training to save time. However, if you're nutrition is tight and you're properly training with weights, you won't even need cardio, and here's proof, you can read Trisha's story here:
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