Step 1: Nutrition
This is the single most important part of the puzzle, hands down. You can have the most impressive set of abs, but if they’re covered with a layer of fat, you won’t see them! Break up your day with 5 or 6 mini-meals because this jump starts your metabolism. And stop eating the food that is preventing results: white bread, loads of pasta, soft drinks, chocolate, fast food etc.
Instead, replace them with foods that will help you reach your goal: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, chicken, fish, lean meat and water. Be realistic- you’ll slip here and there, but make a conscious effort to radically improve your eating habits because getting a six pack will be impossible if you don’t.
Step 2: Exercise
You need to concern yourself with 3 different exercises: cardio, resistance training and core exercises. And aim to workout 3- 4 times a week.
The cardio you do can be anything: walking, running, biking, swimming….whichever cardio you don’t mind doing so that you’ll stick with it. Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week. High intensity interval training is best, but something is better than nothing!
Resistance training is important because 1kg of added muscle burns as many calories as a 1.5km jog…and this is while you’re just sitting around! Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week.
The last form exercises you need to incorporate into your workout are core exercises. Aim to work your core a minimum of 3 times a week. There are a ton of different core exercises you can do so try to find 3 or so that you enjoy doing so you can mix it up.
Tip: mix up your workout routine every 2 weeks to keep your body guessing and changing. Add or take away different resistance or core exercises, or at the very least, vary the weight, reps or form of cardio you do.
Well, there you have it. Follow the above for 3 months religiously, and while results will vary from person to person, you will experience improvement.
It will take dedication on your part, but imagine the feeling you’ll get when you look in the mirror and like what you see!