There is a ton of misinformation out there about how to get slim and get a six-pack these days. The reality is this – most of what we absolutely know that works to get a six pack has been unchanged for years. All of the flash and noise you hear on late night infomercials is simply there to rob you blind of more money.
Once you understand the principles of effective weight loss you will never need a magic weight pill, or silly weight loss tonic, or open another Acai Berry email promising to make you lose twenty pounds over night.
Here are 6 common lies you are being told about getting a 6-pack:
1. Sit-ups will Give You a 6 Pack.
Spot reduction – the idea that you can burn fat in a specific location by doing a specific exercise – is a myth. It has been said that six-packs are built in the kitchen, not in crunches. Abdominal exercises play a role, albeit a small one. Simply having a proper diet will give 90% of the results you are looking for.
2. You Have to Starve Yourself to Get Ripped Abs.
Ironically enough, when you consume less calories that is required to carry out your daily functions, you are actively slowing down your metabolism. In order to burn fat in a manner which will guarantee long term fat loss you need to boost your metabolism. You can do this by eating smaller meals more frequently, and also by using something called calorie confusion, which will keep your metabolism burning through those plateaus. Additionally, starving yourself has the unfortunate side effect of making cravings seem much worse.
3. Latest Pills Will Do the Trick.
Supplementation is the last thing you need to put into your fat loss program. The reality is, the two biggest keys to burning fat is diet and exercise. Period. No matter what those late-night infomercials will tell you, your six-pack abs are not bottled up in a bunch of pills.
4. Eating Properly Will Cost Me More Money.
Again, wrong. You can eat extremely well, see fantastic fat loss and still save money. Simply by eliminating juices, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol from your diet you are saving dozens of dollars per week. Not only do these liquids cost a ton of money, but they are filled with mountains of simple sugars and empty calories, needlessly padding your midsection. Many specialized weight-loss programs also show you how you can prepare all of your meals for the week in one 90 minute session, giving you no excuse to fail at your diet plan.
5. I Have Bad Genetics.
Nobody has perfect genetics. Nobody. We all have the same relative chances at having a slim and sexy mid-section, and this crutch can often be heard on diet commercials and by people who give up on their goals of having a six-pack too soon.
6. I Will Have to Do Mountains of Cardio to Get Slim.
Again, wrong. There are several workout programs out there that require as little as 3 hours of working out per week. And most of that is not cardio. In fact, simply a combination of compounding strength resistance training and proper dieting will turn you in a fat busting machine.
But if you want to see results even faster, implement interval training. On more occasions than I can count I have seen people at the gym putting in hours and hours of moderate cardio on the bikes or elliptical training. You can significantly increase your metabolism for up to 36-48 hours (which means that you are burning fat even while you sleep!) by doing cardio training.
An easy way to get started with interval training is on the stationary bike: Do 3 minutes at a moderate pace, followed by 2 minutes of near maximum exertion.
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