5 Six Pack Secrets For You
If you’re honest with yourself, the attainment of a six-pack by summer is probably a bit of a stretch. But there is definitely a chance you can get yourself headed in that direction. AND, you can use the idea of having a six-pack as a motivator to pave the way.
Plus, depending on your level of discipline, you can at least develop a little definition in your midsection, which is better than nothing. To get you headed in the right direction, here are a few trade secrets to incorporate into your daily regimen. Just for the record, it’s not all about doing thousands of crunches every day.
1. Work out in a fasted state
You might find the thought of this unfathomable, but don’t judge it until you’ve tried. When you work out fasted, a number of things happen. First of all, you boost your growth hormone and testosterone levels, which will help you build more muscle.
Secondly, you burn more fat for energy. And lastly, you can actually work out with more intensity because you won’t have a weighted-down feeling that often happens when you eat beforehand.
All and all, you can burn more calories and build more muscle. With more muscle, you will also increase your metabolism and burn more calories around the clock. Boom!
2. Perform wind sprints
Let’s put this into perspective. The shorter the time frame is that you want results, the higher the intensity should be with your workouts. Wind sprints are sure to please in this situation.
Not only do they murder fat cells in your body, but they also keep your metabolism revving on all cylinders, hours after you are done training. Once again, this can contribute to a leaner belly. Plus, you need to contract your abs forcefully while doing them, so you can actually improve your definition as well.
3. Focus on exercises that cause a lot of abdominal recruitment
A good example of this would be a pull-up. When you do one with picture-perfect form, you have to tighten your core and squeeze your abs forcefully to maintain good form. This gives you a great upper-body workout, while also hammering your abs.
And the trick for definition is time under tension. A set of five, slow-and-controlled pull-ups will create a lot of time that your abs are under tension, so it’s a big win for you.
Perform other drills that will have this exact same effect too, such as push-ups, kettlebell Turkish get-ups and renegade rows.
4. Don’t eat past 7 pm
Late-night eating is one of the biggest mistakes people make who are looking for weight loss. If you go a little bit past 7, no big deal. But the 10 o’clock binge, complete with wine and dessert is the most destructive thing you can do to your body.
Your organs–namely your pancreas—go to sleep after 7 and they don’t want to be working. If you shovel food into your gullet, you are forcing them to work overtime. This actually raises the risk for diabetes and other diseases.
But more importantly, your metabolism slows down at night. When you overload your system with calories, they are most likely going to be stored as fat. Focus on finishing your last bite and sip at 7 and you will avoid this obstacle altogether.
5. Order wisely at restaurants
Even if you are eating earlier in the evening, this doesn’t give you the green light to hammer down a forearm-sized burrito and basket of chips and salsa with a margarita. If you eat massive amounts of high-calorie fare, it will still be hard to digest all that food and fat gain can occur.
Focus your sights on salads with lean sources of protein on them, as well as steamed or roasted veggies and clear soups. You can easily get full on foods like this and not sabotage your six-pack. Using a helpful tool like the HowUdish app can make your choice of restaurants easier too.
Developing a six-pack is a crown achievement in the big picture. But as you can see, it does take work. If you take the above secrets seriously and follow them to a tee, you just might be able to pull it off. And as with anything else though, what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.