It’s a fact that everyone desires ripped abs. However, even though most people want to have that great 6-pack, they don’t know how to go about in doing so. With all the ab products that are out on the market today, us Americans have been brainwashed to believe that crunches and crazy gadgets or machines are the keys to getting six pack abs. False! You people have to understand that the secret to getting a six pack doesn’t lie in the amount of crunches you do, but rather in the foods that you eat. Let me explain.
Everyone knows that diet and exercise together is a perfect combination for getting into shape. It’s common knowledge. With the obesity trends and the amount of people that are overweight, we have got to do something quickly to not only avoid an economic meltdown because of health care, but also to increase self image and confidence. It seems that more and more people are depressed, and I believe that it has a lot to do with being overweight. In order to change these trends, we need to inform people on the proper way to lose weight and get into shape. It all starts with the proper diet.
Like I mentioned above, most people believe that doing numerous crunches every day will get them that desired 6 pack. This isn’t true. If you watch any infomercial with an ab product, if you look closely you will notice and teeny tiny disclaimer that says something like this, “Results not typical. Results were achieved with this product and a combination of diet and exercise.” Diet is the key word. Most people have six pack abs, but can’t see it because it’s covered by a layer of fat. So what kind of diet should you follow? A diet that consists of a good amount of calories and rather low carbohydrates. For example, with the Fat Shredder plan in the P90X Nutrition Guide, you will follow a fat/carb/protein % of 20/30/50. The carbs are low so that your body will burn fat throughout the day instead of carbs. Also, it’s important that you have a caloric deficit at the end of the day to lose weight/burn fat. I recommend an average deficit of about 400 or 500 calories. For me, as a 5’7″ male, that was about 2,200-2,300 cals per day when I first started P90X.
Now, most people believe for some reason that doing ab exercises every day will help them get better results. Again, this is not true. Why? You should always give each muscle group 48 hours rest, and that includes the abs. Muscles need to be healed before working again, and working them too early isn’t going to benefit you in any way. I do an ab workout like Ab Ripper X every other day with my resistance workouts, which is what the P90X plan recommends. The thing that I like about Ab Ripper X is that it focuses on the entire core, not just the lower or upper abs. Because of P90X, I now have visible obliques, which is something that I’ve never had before. The truth is that you must work the abs just like any other muscle group, but you shouldn’t overwork them!
So in recap, what is the secret to ripped abs? The proper diet and regular exercise, which includes an entire core workout. That is why I believe P90X is the perfect workout program and the one I highly recommend to others. Because of P90X, I have been able to get ripped abs and get into amazing shape!