It’s not only about the workout. You can do way more for your abs! Here are my 6 favorite tips to get a ripped six-pack abs.
I see a lot of people that skip breakfast in the morning and they absolutely kill their metabolism. By simply eating a balanced breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, you can actually increase your metabolism by roughly 20-30%! That is a huge difference!
2. Small, Frequent Meals Along With Plenty Of Water:
Eating small, frequent meals with adequate carbohydrates, protein, and fats will speed up your metabolism and will allow your body to burn off excess body fat. Your metabolism will slow down dramatically 3 hours after a meal so plan to eat once every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. A faster metabolism equals more calories burned and less fat covering your abs.
3. Switch out refined grains for whole grains:
In a scientific study, people who ate all whole grains (in addition to five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of low-fat dairy, and two servings of lean meat, fish, or poultry) lost more belly fat than another group that ate the same diet, but with all refined grains. A diet rich in whole grains changes the glucose and insulin response in your body, which hastens the burning of fat.
4. Drink more water every day:
To find out how much water you need to drink as a minimum per day, halve your weight (in pounds) and that is how many ounces of water you need to drink. So a 150 lb person would need to drink a minimum of 2.2 liters a day. It sounds like an absurd amount of water, but you get water from the food you eat, and you can drink teas to make up some of the quota
5. Load Up On Protein:
Every time you eat a meal that doesn’t include protein, you’re telling your body you don’t want to burn more calories. Here’s why: Protein helps control your blood sugar, keeps you fuller, reduces hunger, and burns more calories during digestion – so you can stay lean and still enjoy your favorite foods. Also, the protein stops muscle breakdown and provides the raw materials for laying down new muscle.
Inadequate sleep causes the body to release a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol promotes fat storage and will ultimately kill any efforts to get ripped abs. Getting enough sleep will also allow the body function at an optimum level which will result in a faster metabolism and greater muscle gains. Plan to get at least 8-9 hours of sleep.