Abs. One of the most common tell tales of a physically fit individual. While we know it comes down to body fat and genetics, we still can’t help but be drawn to a tight set of perfectly ripped abdominals.
Perhaps its nature, perhaps it’s nurture, but even in 2020 people are looking for the perfect formula for the ever elusive 6 pack abs. While there are 8 packs, and sometimes even more, the 6er has always been a standard for a gold standard for a good looking body. Without it you’re like a burger without fries, always missing something. But with lots of buzz comes lots of rumors, and the 6- pack has been a hot topic for a long time.
Some myths start as excuses, some start as perceived truths that have been found out over time, and some are just to save face Either way they’re ruining your gains, and the gains of people around you. Here are some of the 5 top myths about 6-pack abs.
Myth #1 Carbs Are Bad
For the last couple of years carbs have been getting a bad rap. Damn near every fad diet condemns it, and carb loading is all but a thing of the past. What they’re not telling you is complex carbs are good, it’s the simple carbs that give you your spare tire. Things such as bread, processed sugars, sports drinks, and cereals, are all considered simple carbs because they break down easily. Try eating legumes, nuts, and and vegetables instead. All the benefits, none of the drama.
Myth #2 You Can Substitute A Bad Diet For A More Strenuous Workout
There’s an old adage that “abs are made in the kitchen”, and while we’re in the process of throwing out old theories, this one is actually true. Your diet is Quintessential to sculpted abs. The reason we say “sculpted” is because that’s exactly what you’re doing, trying to reveal the art surrounded by subcutaneous fat. So put down the Twinkies, and pack on the extra reps instead.
Myth #3 Eat Right, Work Out, The End…Right?
Wrong. While eating right and working out are definitely essentials, so is rest. By rest we don’t only mean Sleep, which is also a big component, but rest in the sense of being at ease. A state of being without stress. Stress through not sleeping right or a hectic lifestyle can actually build up cortisol levels which make it harder to lose stubborn fat. Take a walk, watch a movie, meditate…just do what you love.
Myth #4 You Can Shape Your Abs
The harsh reality about abs is what you get is what you got. You can’t add an extra pack or change your symmetry. Some abs line up, some don’t, all you can do is do the best with what you were given. However, you can improve muscle thickness and abdominal imbalances with a good workout routine.
Myth #5 The Be All And End All Of All Ab Exercises
While not all ab exercises are created equal, there’s no end all be all of ab exercises. The truth is your abs will get use to even the best exercises over time if you do them consistently. Switch up your exercises and the angles they’re performed to promote new stimulus and muscle confusion.