Every day I see the same routine over and over again. You'll see a person with a little bit of a spare tire run over to the ab machine and diligently start knocking out crunch after crunch after crunch... only to discover weeks later that their waist hasn't shrunk an inch.
What's going on?
It's the biggest misconception about ab training out there and I'm about to hit you in the face with it...
If you can't control your caloric intake and expenditure... you'll never see the fruits of your ab work. First and foremost:
Your abs start in the kitchen...
Think about it, if you can't spot reduce bodyfat (which you can't), then the overall reduction of total body fat must be paramount in order to reveal a nice midsection.
... and the easiest way to help assure that you'll get there is to watch what you put in your mouth.
If you keep slapping Big Macs in you mouth.. you can kiss those ab dreams goodbye... ditto for the tubs of ice cream.
Keep it simple for yourself:
- try to get at least one serving of protein with each meal
- Avoid High GI carbs (like white bread, white rice) except for immediately after your workouts
- Make sure to include a hearty amount of fruits and veggies in your diet (anything that has a deep color to it is a great choice)
- Try to up your water intake to one gallon per day to make sure that you're hydrated
Remember, you can do all of the ab work you want, but if you don't have your diet in check... it's all for nothing.
It's all about consistency people, you can reach your dreams, one day at a time.