There is an ab challenge (30 days) that is pretty fantastic. You do planks, crunches and something else I can't remember. You gradually up your time, from like starting with 10 crunches and a 15 second plank.
It really does have a small amount to do with genes, because some people carry weight in their midsection. Me? When I'm in shape, I have a small amount of abs, not a ripped, ridiculous 6 pack, but I have maybe a smooth 4 pack? I carry the majority of my weight in my hips and thighs and hind end. I mean, right now, I am pretty evenly dispersed, but when I gain, the first place that it comes to is the hip/thigh area. Now that it is coming off, it isn't coming off there as quickly as the rest of my body. I'm okay with that, it is a process.
Make sure you aren't eating empty calories, or drinking empty calories. Keep working out and do some good ab work. Again, you can't spot burn the fat, but you can work muscles good to make sure that they are under there!!!
Are you a runner? That is a great cardio to give abs too.
I appreciate the support! I know that this is a difficult topic, however, I'm not looking for rock hard, Jillian abs. I just noticed that in the past, i've had more solid tissue around my bellybutton and lately it seems a little loose. i didn't know if anyone had some good solid ab suggestions.....exercise related or otherwise. But I do appreciate the feedback!
Visible abs are really about diet not exercise. If you want nicer abs you have to lose body fat from your whole body and you do this by improving your diet.
Also what you eat and how you move is far more important than what genes your parents handed down. My mother is overweight and is shaped like a barrel. If I ate what she does and didn't work out I might look more like her someday, but I don't, so I won't. If she ate like me and worked out like me she might look more like me, but I doubt she will change her diet and exercise that much. So remember your genes don't dictate your health.
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 4/10/2013 (09:37)
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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels low eating 60-70% fat /15-20% carb / 15-20% protein.
We aren't supposed to look like chiselled bikini models.
Chiselled bikini models don't look like that on their days off.
Basically, if you want defined abs that are 'sculpted', you need to reduce bodyfat overall (often to an unhealthy level), and then also work those abs like mad until they "pop". All models will do this before any shoot, or competitive bodybuilders before a stage walk.
Visible abs "day to day" is simply not really attainable for all but the most genetically gifted, especially women.
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Do cardio, eat at a calorie deficit, and reduce your body fat percentage. :)
There is unfortunately no way to spot reduce the parts of your body you don't like. Fat loss is a total body process, and rock-hard abs are not about the exercises you do, but your overall BFP and the hand you pulled from the genetic deck. Look at your mom; she's a good example of what you may be able to expect!
If you're a woman, you may always have some softness; we're genetically predisposed to carrying weight there as a part of our reproductive system's needs. Women with abs like Jillian Michaels are the exception, not the norm, and often require a BFP that's too low to be attainable for most of us.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/9/2013 (22:17)
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