Alright I’m going to tell you how to get really ripped abs in this quick, off the cuff blog post. However, it’s probably not going to be the information you where hoping for. I’m sure you came here with the expectation to learn some secret abdominal exercises that cause your ab muscles to pop and the fat surrounding them to magically fall off. Well I’m sorry to tell you that there are no magical ab exercises in this brief article.
Getting insanely ripped abs is all about one thing; lowering your body fat percentage. You lose body fat by creating a daily energy deficit, which is when you are burning more calories each day than you are consuming. Once you’ve done this successfully, the fat that is surrounding your abdominal muscles will start to dissipate, revealing that sexy, lean mid-section you’ve always wanted.
It’s really that simple. Create a deficit, burn fat and you’ll eventually get crazy ripped!
In order to create a deficit you need to know what your break even point is in terms of calories. That is, how many calories can you eat each day while maintaining your weight. Until you know that answer, you really won’t know how much you should be eating to create a deficit. You can guess, but you’ll most likely be wrong. You need to take the time to figure it out.
This means keeping track of all the food you eat and all the beverages you drink for at least a week or two. It’s not enough to just write down what you’re eating, you need to figure out how much of everything you’re eating. You need to count your calories or your macros or both. Either way you need to figure out what your energy intake is for a typical day and you need to evaluate how that impact has been affecting your body weight over the course of the last few months.
Have you been eating 3,000 calories a day and been gaining weight over the course of the last few months? If so, then it’s only logical to say that you’re eating above your maintenance intake. Right? Cause if you were at your break even intake you would not have gained weight, you would have maintained. If you were below your maintenance intake then you would have lost weight.
In order to start a successful fat loss program you need to understand where you’re at. Not knowing your break even intake will make it unlikely that you’ll be successful in your goal to get ripped. You’ll be guessing when you start your diet.
So if you want really ripped abs then you have to do the necessary homework. Figure out the amount of calories that allows you to maintain your weight. Then eat less than that amount consistently for several weeks. During these several weeks you should continue to document and measure out your meals.
As annoying as it might be, it’s the only way to know for sure how much you’re eating and know exactly how much you’re eating is the only way to guarantee that you’re maintaining that deficit.
I know it seems overwhelming, but it’s not. One thing at a time. One meal at a time. It gets easier the more you do it and before you know it, it’s habit. Once you get to that point it’s smooth sailing.
If this is too much for you to take in or seems too complicated but you really want to see how ripped you can get for summer, which is only about 4 months away, then you might want to consider hiring me as your coach. I make this process as simple as possible and guide you every step of the way. 16 weeks is a perfect amount of time to see some major progress, but don’t put it off cause my availability is limited and demand is picking up! If you want more info on my coaching services Go here!
For those of you who REALLY just want more freaking ab exercises here are my 5 favorite movements even though I rarely, if ever do any ab work. Just remember that you wont get really ripped abs just by doing these exercises. Abs are made in the Kitchen!
- Hanging Leg Raises
- Stability Ball Crunchers
- Cable Twists
- Weighted Crunchers
- Side Ups
Or you can just check out this little youtube video:
*Note: This ab routine is part of the 8-12 week training program that is included in my program “The Bulk & Shred System” check it out here!