We all want great abs. In fact, “abs” consistently rank as the number one body part people are most attracted to AND want to improve most about themselves. So, why is it so darn hard to trim down and tone up your mid-section? I’m going to set the record straight right now and give you the TRUTH about losing that spare tire so you can reveal those lean, defined abs hiding underneath that stubborn layer of belly fat.
First, let me ask you a question: have you been doing countless sit-ups, crunches and side bends hoping to flatten your stomach, but you haven’t noticed a bit of difference whatsoever?
Heck, maybe you’ve even resorted to trying out those “As Seen on TV” ab gadgets you saw on late night informercials, just to see if anything would make a difference.
No need to be ashamed… I’ve made this mistake myself.
In fact, I struggled for years before I finally figured out the truth about getting lean, defined abs. (I sure wish someone had let me in the info I’m about to share with you before I wasted so much money on useless gadgets and dedicated so many hours to doing “ab-targeted” exercises.)
Here’s the thing about ab exercises that’s so misleading: When you do ab-targeted exercises like sit-ups, your muscles get sore, which makes you think you’re strengthening your abs. There you are, crunching away thinking it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be looking beach ready with your rock-solid core, right?
…Yet weeks after you’ve religiously been doing your ab routine, your belly looks just as bloated and squishy as it did before. All that time and pain for nothing!
Here’s the TRUTH…
Most people think that abs are made to crunch, twist, and bend, but in reality it’s the complete opposite. The role of your abdominal muscles is to prevent your mid-section from crunching, twisting, and bending. Yep… you heard it right, your abs are a stabilizing force designed to resist movement in order to protect your spine.
So even though you “feel the burn” when you do crunches and other traditional ab moves, you’re actually putting unnecessary pressure on your back, causing much more harm than good. These isolated ab exercises can cause lower back injuries by forcing your spine to flex too much, and they do very little to actually strengthen your abs!!
The bottom line: Ab-targeted exercises will NOT burn off belly flab OR strengthen your abs. Instead, they will make your back weaker and more prone to injuries.
So then how the heck do you get ripped abs?
It’s a lot easier than you might think, once you know what (and what not) to do.
Here are my top three simple, insanely effective strategies (#3 is my top fat-fighting secret weapon!). If you actually take my advice, I think you’ll be flat-out amazed at how quickly your belly fat will seem to melt away, finally revealing those washboard abs that have been hiding underneath for all these years.
Alright, let’s get to it…
If you want to get rid of that muffin-top and shrink wrap your waistline, you need to do exercises that hit your entire mid-section, not just your abs! Your abs are only one part of your “core” and in order to go from having flabby abs to being tight and defined all the way around your middle, you must strengthen your abs AND all of the muscles surrounding them.
Here’s an example of one of my favorite core exercise you can do (I’ve got many more of these to show you later on, so stay with me).
To do this exercise, you’re going to start in a “plank” position (keep your body straight, don’t let your butt sag to low or stick up too high).
Next, raise your left arm out straight in front of you and raise your right leg straight out behind you. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Now switch sides. Repeat 5 times.
The reason this exercise is so effective is because you are not only working your abs, you are strengthening your entire core, toning things up while helping to actually protect your spine!
This brings me to my next tip, which has absolutely nothing to do with exercise, but if you don’t take my advice on this one, you will NEVER get flat abs — no matter how many core exercises you do…
Sugar is the #1 reason that you carry fat on your belly. That’s right…it’s not fat that makes you fat, it’s SUGAR.
That’s because sugar stimulates a fat-storing hormone called insulin, which is secreted by your pancreas. The more sugar you eat, the more insulin your body secretes… and that means you gain more and more FAT.
But here’s the worst part…
Of all your body parts, guess where your insulin hormone loves to store fat the most? Yep, you guessed it — your stomach!
If you ever want to shed belly fat and reveal those lean abs, you MUST eat less sugar.
That is a fact. But for the times when you DO eat sugar, remember this:
“Don’t drink your sugar, EAT your sugar!”
Memorize it, tattoo it to your forehead…whatever.
Here’s why: when you eat sugar from natural, whole foods (an apple for example), you are consuming the sugar along with fiber from the fruit. Fiber slows down the uptake of sugar into your bloodstream, preventing your insulin from spiking so that you don’t store gobs of fat.
On the other hand, when you have sugary drinks (yes, even fruit juice!), there is NO fiber. With every sip, you are essentially telling your body, “Hey, let’s pack on lots of fat!”
Here’s something else you need to understand: all carbohydrates break down into sugar once they’re in your body. That’s why foods like bread, pasta, and rice make you pack on the pounds and cause you to feel bloated all the time.
Now, even though you should cut back on these high-carb foods, I’m not saying you can’t eat carbs at all. In fact, let me fill you in on a little trick that let’s you “cheat” and eat more carbs — without expanding your waistline…
If you’re going to eat carbs, the best time is AFTER you workout.
You see, after you finish a workout, your glycogen (glucose stored in your muscles) gets depleted. So when you eat carbs, your body uses the sugar to replenish your muscles first, instead of sending it straight to your gut!
Okay, let’s move on to my #1 best gut-busting secret of all…
Your metabolism works around the clock 24/7 to keep your body functioning optimally and it requires fuel to keep running.
Guess where that fuel comes from?
Your body fat! That’s right, your metabolism is fueled by fat. So by increasing your metabolism, you’re telling your body to burn off MORE fat.
I know, I know. That sounds easier said than done, but stick with me and you’ll discover how increasing your metabolism is MUCH easier than you think (no matter your age or genetics)…
But first, if you’ve been doing cardio workouts to try and slim down, I have some bad news for you…
Steady-state cardio (like jogging or doing the elliptical) increases the production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes weight gain and makes it more difficult to burn off stubborn belly fat. That’s why no matter how much cardio you do, you always hit a plateau eventually.
Even worse, too much cardio accelerates aging! When you put your body under prolonged stress, you start producing free-radicals, which damages your cells and causes inflammation…and inflammation is what makes you OLD. Yikes!
Now here’s the good news: science has proven that the most effective way to increase your metabolism is by doing short bursts of high-intensity exercises. This type of exercise triggers a potent fat-burning effect, known as the “afterburn”, which skyrockets your metabolism and boosts your fat-burn for up to 48 hours after your workout is over.
I call this scientifically-proven method metabolic training.
Don’t worry, it’s not as technical as it sounds. Let me explain…
Metabolic training involves specific exercises that activate more of your muscle fibers, which creates a bigger metabolic boost, demanding more fat to be burned for fuel—so you can burn off the flab that’s covering up your abs and KEEP it off.
There’s even more good news.
…Metabolic training stimulates your youth-enhancing hormones so you can slough away old, dead cells — making you look and feel younger. Yes, it’s the Holy Grail of all workouts!
Look, getting lean, defined abs is easy once you know HOW to trigger the right hormones in your body (and stop the production of the bad hormones that are making you fat and old).
On the next page, I’ll show you the specifics behind this fast and easy method. Soon you’ll be able to turn on your youth-enhancing, fat-burning, and lean-muscle building hormones so you can finally uncover your abs without exercising to death or starving yourself …and you’ll even defy the aging process so you can look and feel 10 years younger…