Having a good set of abs is always an eye-catcher for the ladies and most of us want a great midsection for that reason alone. But if your 500 crunches per day still aren’t getting you the results you need, there is probably a good reason why. Your abs, like the rest of your body, need dynamic training and other components to develop properly. Here are some important factors to keep in mind that will play a role in your overall ab development:
CONTROLLING YOUR MIDSECTION IS EASY WITH THESE 4 EASY TRICKS
1. SQUAT AND DEADLIFT
Wait, what? Yeah, you were probably not expecting this to be at the top of the list. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ve heard rumours that squats and deadlifting make your waist grow. I mean just look at professional powerlifters!
A few things are horribly wrong with this line of thinking. First thing is if you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re not a professional powerlifter. World class powerlifters genetically tend to have a bigger waist. It’s one of the reasons they are able to become the top one per cent of the sport of powerlifting and schmucks like you and me can’t.
The size of your waist depends a lot on your genetic makeup, so if your waist isn’t naturally 52 inches, you’re not going to grow it that size by squatting or deadlifting four sets of 15 reps.
Both of these exercises will work your core muscles as they stabilize your body throughout each movement. Don’t neglect them as they can truly help develop a strong core as well as a strong body.
Want to drop some skin? Drink water. Your body needs to constantly be ridding itself of unwanted bodily fluids and the only way to do that is to replace it with new fluids.
This has to become a daily lifestyle habit so your body does not retain the water in your system. An active male should be drinking between two to three litres per day to ensure proper hydration at all times.
3. TRAIN AND EAT SMART
Training your abs alone will not provide you with the washboard. You need to feed your body the fuel it needs so body fat becomes scarce and the skin covering your abs thins out. Make sure your nutrition is on point and that your training compliments your nutrition. The idea here is to burn calories so a 10-minute workout with three-minute rest periods probably isn’t going to get the job done.
4. AVOID SNACKING
Although this may seem like it falls under the category of eating smart, it deserves its own place on this list due to its importance alone. Snacking, whether it is healthy or unhealthy foods, are still calories your body needs to burn. Many times, we convince ourselves that our snacks between meals are okay if we choose health-conscious foods.
Here’s the thing, the goal here is to achieve an awesome six-pack. So snacking, whether its nuts and dried fruit or potato chips, is still going to leave you with more calories your body needs to rid itself of. This makes it harder for you to get those abs to show. Avoid snacking on a regular basis and if you absolutely must indulge, set a healthy cheat meal one night a week to control your cravings.