Many of us have the goal of achieving a tight, ripped midsection. Nice abs seems to signify that an individual is fit, healthy and sexy all at once.  So, how do we achieve this goal?

Many people think that the key to abs is, well, working the abs a lot. People endlessly work on their core, with the goal of achieving a six pack. The real secret is that no matter how developed your midsection is, your abs will not show unless you achieve a low enough body percentage.

A common misunderstanding is that people believe you can reduce fat in the abdominal area by doing a lot of crunches or ab workouts. This myth, commonly referred to as “spot reduction” is not possible. Fat is lost from the whole body, not just one area.

With all of this in mind, here are some of the top 5 ways to shed fat, and achieve that tight, flat midsection.

  1. Weight Training- Lifting weights requires a lot of energy, causing calories to be burned both during and after exercise. Also, muscle created from lifting weights also burns more calories!
  2. Lowering Calories- Simply put, eating less then your body requires. 500 calories less to be exact. This amount under maintenance calories (the amount of calories needed to maintain your weight) has been shown to be ideal for weight loss.
  3. Cardio- Whatever works for you! If you like the treadmill, run on the treadmill! If you enjoy walking, then go for a walk! Play sports if that’s your thing. The key here is to be active, which is always easier when you are having fun!
  4. Eat Clean- You might hear this expression a lot, but what does it mean? Eating natural whole foods, and eating less refined foods will allow your body to stay in a fat burning.
  5. Sleep- Sleeping for at least 8 hours a day is crucial to weight loss.

Follow these five steps, and you will be on your way to the flat and toned midsection you’ve always wanted!

Michael is a fitness enthusiast who works daily to achieve his fitness and athletic goals. He works as a personal trainer at Golden Glide Fitness, and has his honors bachelors degree in Medical Sciences. He works constantly to build his expertise in both nutrition and training. 

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