A good article. But shedding fat upto 8% is well below a healthy rate of fat in body. Abdominal may look great but the face will look like a piece of dry date with such a low content of fat in the body.
My goal (dream) is 20% body fat, so to see that I'd have to be 14% to have serious ab definition is in some weird way comforting. I guess that since its so unattainable, not because of impossibility but because to do so would mean living a lifestyle that would not make me happy, that it makes me appreciate the semi flat abs I currently have. Funny how such a small thing can be so eye opening.
I have so much blubber over my abs muscles no one would realize that under all that fat are developed muscles used for singing. However, to get all that fat off would require extensive cardio workout, a caloric intake of no more than 1200 calories and rigorous strength training. I wish I could do the exercises shown, but I can't and I know I can't. But at least I know that doing 50 crunches a day isn't the answer.
Martial arts are good exercise for the midsection because every movement begins there, since the upper and lower body drive each other and the midsection ties them together. These movements are best done as an intense activity/rest cycle, which is a good way to exercise if you want to tone muscles as well as burn fat. These fit in well as part of a bigger program, which should probably include weights, long walks, etc. They don't require equipment or even much space. You can do them during television commercials.
Diet is a really big part of how your abs look, as this article points out. There was a time when I went beyond just having a six pack and had an entire keg, even though I was doing a lot of intense exercise and working construction all day. Diet discipline is essential to a flat stomach, at least for most of us.
I've read this article a couple of times and I think the confusion begins right in the title. It reads:
How to Get Six Pack Abs Fitness Secrets for a Flat, Toned Tummy
Those are two different things. Six-pack abs may be concealed under that flat, toned tummy. But the muscle definition will only show if the body fat drops below a certain percentage. You certainly have to work hard to develop the muscles to that degree, but they still won't show unless you're willing to lose A LOT of your body fat. That actually requires rather specialized diet constraints that most non-athletes wouldn't be interested in.
7/25/2013 5:39:37 AM
@Chris3874 It's 14% for women because women have breasts, which increase the fat percentage. The idea is that the extra adipose tissue for women is in the breast, rather than around the stomach. It's generally considered harder for women to lose the stomach fat than for men, because of the tendency for women to store fat in the midsection/thigh/hip area, so while the fat percentage is higher for women than men, it can also be more difficult to lower that percentage enough to see the abs.
In my experience, the cardio and the food choices are much more important to be able to see my abs than the strength training, although I do think that having strong abs (and core in general) is just as, if not more, important.
GIGIKIT nailed it!!!! AWESOME WORKOUT! I do some of these already but after 4 years I needed something new. THANKS A BUNCH!
2/13/2013 9:39:07 PM
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1/4/2013 8:37:27 AM
Best info ive seen on this so far! TY
9/12/2012 10:21:43 PM
I've never seen a real, live, person with defined abs in real life, only on tv, weight lifters perhaps or those fitness models on the infomercials. Some of them look as though they were in an accident, and were scarred in the midsection, didn't look good at all. Big deal! Not impressed with big abs at all. Being able to walk up and down stairs is of more importance, really.
This article made NO SENSE to me - first of all you say that men have to have less body fat than women in order to show their abs ("8 percent body fat for men, and 14 percent body fat for women. ") and then you turn around and say that women are more predisposed to have fat around their abs. Neither statement makes any sense. How can it be more visible of someone with more adipose tissue with a propensity of it to be on the abs???
1/4/2011 2:16:23 PM
Very informative article. Gave me some great food for thought. Looking forward to adding some of these moves to my ab workout tonight!
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