I'm here to tell you that it's probably not your willpower (or alleged lack thereof) that's keeping you from reaching your fitness goals. Yes, willpower is definitely important, but even with all the willpower in the world, if you're using the wrong methods you will never get the results you want and deserve.
People quit their cardio routines and stringent diets not only because they're difficult to sustain, but after all the hard work they've done, they end up with little or no results to show for it. Why stick with something that doesn't work for you?
If you've tried working out the "regular" way and have yet to make any progress, you might have been making three of the biggest mistakes possible when trying to get six-pack abs.
Mistake 1: Doing tons of sit-ups and crunches
If you're building up your core muscles but not stripping away any of the fat that covers them, your stomach will bulge out even more due to the extra muscle underneath. The solution? all body exercises that engage multiple muscle groups at once and stimulate fat reduction over your entire body. You might be thinking, of course, that's where tons of cardio comes in. WRONG.
Mistake 2: Doing lots of cardioAnd Of course, you read that correctly-running on a treadmill for an hour or more every day is actually a big waste of your time. Have you ever watched the "calories burned" display on your treadmill? After jogging that take more than 30 minutes at a moderate pace, how many calories do you typically burn? 1600? 1100?
So actually, an individual who weighs 150 pounds will burn 225 calories in 30 minutes if they walk on a treadmill at a very brisk pace. If you really work your butt off and run a 7-minute mile for 30 minutes, you'll burn about 500 calories. The question then becomes: is 300, or even 500 calories a day, really going to help you get rid of all the fat that's covering your abs?
Sure, it's better than nothing. But consider the fact that one McDonald's cheeseburger has around 300 calories. Burning just 300, or even 500 calories on the treadmill is not even close to matching all the calories you're getting from breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The take-home point: cardio by itself just doesn't burn enough calories to truly be effective for fat loss-at least for the degree of fat loss needed for a six-pack. Where does that leave us?
Would decreasing the amount of calories consumed help at all? Yes, but not always is work as we expected.
Mistake 3: Going on a diet.
When most people use that phrase, they're usually talking about changing their eating habits temporarily, until they lose fat. When they see the effect of that habits, they revert back to their original eating habits. And those are just the people who actually see results; many people work for years and still can't get their abs to show.
What's the problem? First of all, the conventional "dieting" concept is flawed at a fundamental level. If people living with unhealthy eating habits, It lead to you being out of shape in the first place, how can you expect anything different when you resume those same habits after going on a "diet?" You can't.
and then Secondly, people that using diet process with that may actually cause you to pack on more fat in the end. When you have process of decrease your caloric intake with an over-restrictive diet, your metabolism will be slows down. It should not make sense for your body to metabolize food more faster when it's not getting enough food in the first place. You might lose some excess fat at first, but eventually, with too little calories, your body begins to hold on to any of the energy resources it has (i.e. fat).
When you switch back to your old habits, you'll gain weight a lot faster now that you have an even slower metabolism than you started with. Is that what we're trying to accomplish here? Absolutely what IS the solution to all of these problems - the pointless sit-ups, the inadequate cardio, the counterproductive diet.
Summarized simply, you need to:1) Try hard to Increase your overall muscle mass by doing combination sport like the squat, dead lift, and bench press, among others. To do several Exercise that have goal to Increase muscle mass will help you achieve step 2.
2) Increase your metabolism. Make sure that your human body must burn extra calories that have purpose to maintain all the extra muscle you packed on. It have means that your body will stop for food much faster too, keeping it from being stored as fat.
3) Eat the proper foods, but don't avoid food altogether. Try to eat meats like boneless, skinless chicken breasts are packed with protein for muscle development but have very little fat. If you still have food that contain of sweet combination, a handful of grapes or strawberries will do you a lot better than a doughnut.
When used in the right way, steps 1-3 can help you achieve the body you've always wanted, and faster than you've ever thought possible. You won't even have to spend hours in the gym either; you will get optimal results just by working out four times per week for 30 minutes each session.