“I want to get rid of this.” As the potential client either points to or grabs their abdominal fat. We often here this from people or from clients that workout on a regular basis and they aren’t seeing the results they desire.
A big misnomer in the fitness industry is that you can see your abs by doing more abs. Getting more abdominal muscle is great, but you can’t get rid of your belly fat by just doing more core work.
If you truly want to be able to see your abs the first place to start is with your diet. It’s usually the last thing that gets attention. The real work takes place the 23 hours +- outside of the gym.
So, how should you eat to “see your abs”? There isn’t a one size fits all answer, but generally speaking we can get far by doing these 3 things:
1)Cut out processed foods from your diet. That generally includes everything that is pre-packaged and has a long list of ingredients that we’ve never heard of before. These foods are typically higher in carbohydrates, sodium, and preservatives. Not only are they not great for body composition, they aren’t doing much for your overall health either.
2) Get as much sugar out of your diet as possible. Do you need carbs? Sure, but not the excess sugar found in soft drinks, candy, cereals, processed foods, baked goods ect. I’ve dropped 11lb in 1 week before going sugar free. 201lb down to 191 in 7 days.
3) Sleep more. Everyone’s sleep needs aren’t the same, but a good 7-8 hours a night is beneficial for body composition if not more. Lack of sleep leads to higher cortisol levels and suppressed testosterone levels in men. Suppressed testosterone levels = higher estrogen = increased body-fat.