By James Peleckas, Trainer
Nutrition: What you feed your body is a direct reflection of how your body looks, so choose wisely. Everyone has an opinion on what to eat and when to eat it. I've tried it all and know what works for me: simple, cheap, effective. Extensive meal planning and expensive grocery lists don't work for me. It works for a week or two and then it's back to the drawing board. I keep it simple. NO CARBS, HIT IT HARD. I consume little to no carbs during the week, hit the gym hard, drink TONS of water, and allow myself a couple of cheat meals on the weekend. My grocery list consists of 5 or 6 items and that's perfect for me. It may sound boring, but I have my cheat meal(s) to look forward to on the weekend. Besides, nothing tastes as good as being lean feels. Most importantly, I'm able to sustain this lifestyle every single week.
Ab workouts: Crazy ab workouts are not the answer to the six pack you're seeking. Cardio and strength play a huge role in revealing abs. We are all born with a six pack, some of our six packs are simply hiding behind a layer of fat. Building lean muscle and burning fat is how we reveal those sexy abs. As for building and toning the abs, FREQUENCY is the key! I like my abs to pop (especially in the warm months.) I am at my best when I do an ab workout 5-7 days a week. It can be anywhere from 15-60 minutes. If I'm not doing a BodyBurn Core day, I'll put together a little ab circuit whether it's at the gym or in my living room.
Fine tuning: Water is your friend. Your muscles, brain, and skin all LOVE water. Chug water whenever you can...even if you're not thirsty. Also make sure to reduce sodium in your diet. Sodium retains water and makes your abs appear bloated and less cut so hold the salt. Finally, a nice tan enhances the abs (and every other muscle.) It's true!! A suntan masks flaws on your skin, tightens the skin, and creates shadows on your body making you look more RIPPED! Put all these tips together and you're bound to see some beautiful definition in your abs.