So you want six-pack abs.
As BuzzFeed Health has reported, getting those abs to pop is about way more than doing a zillion crunches, or even lightly keeping an eye on your diet. It’s actually a lot more labor-intensive, requiring most people to follow a careful diet (aimed at losing or managing body fat) and challenging their core and the rest of their body with exercise. That’s a lot. To make it a little more doable, here are some cheat sheets to help you with ab-centric diet and exercise.
2. For when you’re trying to squeeze in a quick ab-burning workout during the day:
Make some space in your living room and easily get this workout in right before you take a shower.
6. And for visually understanding what carb portion sizes even look like and how they fit into your overall meal:
It can be tough to manage your portion sizes, especially when you’re exercising more and your appetite has increased.
7. For a quick Pilates workout that targets your core:
Because basically everything in Pilates targets your core.
8. For a learning how to cook — and actually eat — way more vegetables:
Voluntarily filling your plate with vegetables can be hard. But knowing how to properly cook them will make it a whole lot more enjoyable. Here are some delicious ways you can sneak more vegetables into your meals.
9. For when you’re serious about full-body strength training, which, btw, helps with ab definition.
Full-body strength training will increase muscle overall, which will improve your metabolism and help reduce body fat, helping with ab definition. Here’s more info on that.
Try starting with 10 minutes of each workout above, then progressively add to your time each week. You can find the full 30-day workout plan here.
11. And for not letting added sugars sneak into your diet:
Sugar goes by SO many different names, so bookmark this list for when you’re scanning nutrition labels.
12. For working on your core stability and learning how the hell to use a Swiss ball:
A Swiss ball is great for taking any basic bodyweight or weightlifting exercise and making it more challenging, working specifically on your core stability.
14. For a quick core workout you can do in between Netflix episodes.
So much more interesting than bunches of crunches.
15. For an easy way to make bland foods taste delicious:
Trying to get more ab definition can mean limiting delicious stuff like sauces and condiments with added sugar or a lot of fat, which might make your meals sad and plain. Stock up on seasonings so you can make eating healthy flavorful.
16. For a kettlebell routine that will make your entire body feel the burn:
Make sure you use a weight you’re confident with and concentrate on pulling off proper form.
17. For putting together a salad that actually tastes good:
Salads are a great lower-carb way to get all the nutrients you need.
18. For when you need new exercises to keep your ab routine fresh:
Because there are so many more exercises that work your abs than just sit-ups.
20. For different ways to make a high-protein meal or snack out of eggs:
One large egg has 72 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and less than 1 gram of carbs, making it a great go-to if you’re trying to eat low-carb.
21. For a butt-kicking medicine-ball finisher that will make your abs cry:
Choose a weight you feel comfortable with and complete this routine at the end of your workout.
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