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Ab Inspiration

I thought I would share some wise words I read recently about the midsection of the body . . .

“Abs are built in the kitchen.”
Tami, One Fit Mommy

"Really?" You might say, "I thought toning my belly was all about crunches, and plenty of them." To that I must respond: No matter how hard you work your abdominal muscles, if you are eating junk the chances of having well defined abs are really low. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and lay off the food that doesn't fuel your body. To borrow a phrase from Sugar User syako, you need to "eat a clean diet" to help highlight your strong abs!

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I wish it were easier to do. I'm not giving up my treats even to have abs like that, not at this point in my life.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It's also harder for women to get washboard abs because our tendons/muscles in that area are put together a bit differently. Women tend to have looser cross tendons across their rector abominus muscles, so you can't really get as much definition as a guy. Plus, women need more body fat to be healthy, so it's harder to get that whole "ripped" look.
oilinwater oilinwater 8 years
I agree ab exercises dont have an effect, and eating bad does!! The only time I had a noticable flat stomach was after doing the Master Cleanse for three days and there was nothing in me!!! Needless to say I could not stick to it...so I presume if I stuck to a strict diet it would eventually have the same effect, but women naturally cannot get as low body fat as men, therefore I'm trying to learn to love my belly :) Oh to have Jackie Warner's abs though.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
IIt's definitely a combination of eating and cardio. The crunches come in only for definition...which of course is lost if it's hidden under fat.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
I definitely agree it's a combination of cardio and eating "clean". The cruches and ab exercises aren't useless, but if you're not doing the first two than the ab exercises aren't going to do you much good.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
i have no disclipine when it comes to food...esp those hormonal times of the month...i'm weak...thank goodness i luv veggies...
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
My stomach started improving my first 2 weeks on Weight watchers after I tweaked how I was eating. I still need to keep up the exercise though to keep improving. Well, that's obvious.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Ye aI am gettign A LOT of definaition from what I am doing too. I try to do my cardio 4-5 times a week with 3 days of strength training. I am also eating a lot better - clean, like you said too. Just taking all that bad stuff out of my diet has really made a difference.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I've been on a nutrition plan, doing cardio 6 days a week and strength training 3 days a week for 2.5 weeks now and I am already starting to see definition in my abs. Oh and of the 2.5 weeks of exercise I haven't done 1 crunch yet. For me it's been about balancing healthy diet with regular exercise that combines cardio and strength training. Many of the exercises you do in strength training you have to keep your core tight - that right there will help tone and build your abs.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
You said it, latent... women have this unfortunate proclivity to carry fat in all the places we want it least... I always envision a battle with my body yelling back, "BUT WHAT IF YOU NEED TO BIRTH CHILDREN?" :sigh:
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
This is misleading. It's really about getting rid of the fat that is covering your ab muscles. Sure you should be eating healthier foods, but you also need to be doing cardio; more than focusing on "low fat" foods.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Cardio helps too! This is a problem area for Most women!! I always say, I have a six pack, it's just still in the case
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I dont think I eat bad at all (if white rice is horrible than Im guilty) but I still have that lil pouch that drives me crazy! Ive basically eliminated sugar from my diet so what the hell is going on! lol
latent latent 8 years
That's the truth if ever it was printed. Women have to be a LOT more disciplined about their eating habits than men do. Dangit.
siren6 siren6 8 years
I wish that was all it took to get defined abs!
marygrace marygrace 8 years
this is really true. if i go overboard when treating myself, my stomach always looks different the next day.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
As much as i would love to have flat washboard abs... I love eating too much! (i do eat healthier than most people i know but i love me some milk chocolate and KD :P)
melda melda 8 years
yes i agree sayko is a really good friend and helps me a lot
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