Want to get great abs? Then unfortunately, you need more than thousands of sit ups. The reality is that hard abs are as much about your diet as they are your training. In other words, it’s not enough to make the abs hard, you also need to strip away the thin layer of fat that might otherwise be hiding said abs.
To do this, you need to introduce some CV into your regime. But at the same time, you’re also going to need to change your diet. You need to burn more than you consume and if you manage that, then your body will have no choice but to work through your fat stores.
Of course, there’s more to it than that and it can be harder than this makes it sound. So hang onto your hat and let’s take a look at some powerful nutrition rules for great abs…
Don’t be Afraid to be Hungry
Many of us are ‘trained’ to think of hunger as a bad thing. Now I’m not about to tell you that you should be starving yourself, but what is okay is to occasionally be hungry. In fact, this is one of the main goals of many diets – such as intermittent fasting. When we’re hungry, we cause chemical and metabolic changes that make us more sensitive to insulin (meaning we are more energy efficient) and even producing more growth hormone.
You think you need to eat three times a day? Wrong! You never did in the wild and you don’t need to now either. It’s fine to be hungry, so occasionally you should allow it!
Pick the Diet That Works for You
What is the best diet? Is it intermittent fasting? Is it low carb? Is it ketogenic?
Nope: it’s whichever diet works for you. There is no best diet, the best diet is the one that you can stick to. In fact, it might be a mistake even to refer to the way you eat as a diet. When we say we are on a diet, it suggests we’re going to one day be off the diet. Instead, you should think of this as a lifestyle choice and make sure it’s one you can stick to forever.
Burn More Than You Eat
I would just like to reiterate the importance of burning more than you eat. Ultimately, this is by far the most important strategy for losing weight and that means that it can really pay to spend some time calculating what you eat and what you burn in a day.
Now I’m not going to tell you to constantly count your calories because that can be hard going and it can take a lot of time and mental energy. Instead, get a rough idea of what you consume and then just make sure you burn more than that.
Recognize that you can do this outside of the gym by walking more. And recognize that your calories don’t care what day it is and that meeting your macros is a rough guide, not a strict daily maxim. I.e., your calorie deficit that week or month is much more important than your deficit each day!