All of us, irrespective of whether we are male or female, drool over a perfectly toned core. Although, many of us lack the necessary motivation to hit the gym and sweat it out, I am sure that there is no one who is immune to the confidence and pizazz exuded by men and women attached to a perfectly chiseled six pack like David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Usher or tight cellulite-free, super toned abs like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson. While there is no by-route to get the perfect abs without actually working out, there may be some smart choices that we can make that would help us achieve faster results. Here are three sure-fire strategies that will help you quickly attain perfect abs that you can proudly flaunt at the beach:
Eat right: This is perhaps the most essential part of your workout training. Constantly hitting the gym without a proper dietary regime is as pointless as trying to make a stone wall move. Try to eat 4-6 small meals per day. Small portions of foods accelerate metabolism. Additionally, it will prevent over-eating and curb your ravenous hunger. Fill up on higher-protein and lower carbohydrate diet. It is recommended that you consume a major chunk of your daily carbohydrate and proteins in the morning as this will provide you with sufficient energy throughout the day. Additionally, there is less chance of it being stored up as fat, because by the time your day ends you would have utilized all of your excess calories. Always choose whole-grain carbohydrates such as brown bread over refined carbohydrates. The same goes for protein as well. Choose healthy protein meals such as Greek yoghurt and egg whites over fat-saturated, artery clogging bacon, ham or steak. Finally throw away all processed and packaged food from your refrigerator and stock up on fresh organic greens and meat produce.
Drink lots of water: Drinking lots of water will increase your metabolism rate. Drink at least 6-7 glasses of water daily. Always drink your water cold as this will utilize more energy from your body to warm it up. Remember hydration does not mean drinking sugary sodas or processed juices. Doing so will only help you to get diabetes and nothing else.
Whole-body workouts: Most of us make the mistake of thinking that hitting our problem areas with targeted exercises will somehow beat the fat out the area. This is a myth. Simply doing 100 pushups or 50 sit-ups at a stretch is not going produce the results you are hoping for. You need to vary your exercise routine with different types of workouts. The best way to go about it is to start off with some high intensity cardio exercises with Abs work-out strategically transitioned in between. The cardio work out sets your heart pumping and loosens your muscles so that when you actually get to business of doing hard-core abs work-out you are burning some serious calories instead of just getting warmed up. Some of the key exercise that focus on your abs are: the crunches, the plank, the external oblique crunch, Pilates cork-screw, pushups and sit-ups. To target your abs more effectively, you need to engage your pelvic floor muscles. Always ensure that you are working your abs and not your neck when you do crunches. Finally, do not over-work your abs. If you’ve done a good abs work-out, they are sure to be sore the next day. Like all muscles, give your abs a two day interval after every workout routine. Working them every day and too hard is not going to give you any better results.
To conclude, always believe in yourselves. Respect your body enough to ensure that you give it the best that you can. Don’t cheat yourselves!