A friend of mine, lets call her Christy, hated going to the gym. Christy, like many of my other girlfriends, inspired to work out mainly due to social media. All the #healthy Instagram posts motivated her to work out herself, starting by purchasing some nice activewear. After working out for a few weeks she noticed her leg muscles were showing. When I pointed this out to her she reacted: no way, I wanted abs! I responded by telling her that she should make a note, put it under her pillow and wait for the abfairy to fulfil her wish.
My point with this story is that you can’t just pick a zone on your body, train that zone and expect to see results. You don’t need to do 1000x sit ups to get abs, it just doesn’t work like that. It’s more complicated than you may think. What you can do is loose fat, which is mostly what bothers all of us when looking at our stomachs. So, how do you burn fat? Here are some tips.
Tip #1: Pick your consumption style
You either eat 5-6 meals a day at regular intervals that are no farther apart than 2 hours. Or you eat three meals a day with all the micronutrients you need. The key is to pick one and then stick with it. Your body needs to be able to rely on your consumption habits, so that it can adapt accordingly.
Cut the crap
Stay away from processed, packaged and preserved goods. Stick with food that’s truly natural, nutritious and avoid supermarket crap.
Tip #3: Quality over Quantity
High Intensity + Lower Volume. Less is more when it comes to weight training. Work with repetitions and the weight you can handle. Make sure you do the workout in a proper form and don’t overwork yourself.
Okay, this is some advice which I will probably be taking when pigs are able to fly and play the flute at the same time. But, for the real die-hards out there, here it goes; do morning cardio sessions! Wake up and work out at least 4 days a week on an empty stomach. However, remember to directly afterwards consume a balanced breakfast.
I really don’t need to say much more than that. Your body needs water as much as protein. So, drink it!
Sleep 20% more than the rest. Sleep is so underrated, make sure to get enough of it. Check out this article on how you can sleep like a pro.
Let’s start burning that stubborn fat now!