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5 Secrets to Six-Pack Abs for Women

Learn the five secrets to six-pack abs for women from certified personal trainer Amanda Edell in this Howcast ab workout video.


So you wanna know the secret of getting a six pack. Diet is going to be 60 to 70 percent of your outcome. So, what that means is you can't out-train a bad diet. If you're training every day, but you're not eating well, the results will not show the way you want them to. So, what that means is you gotta base your meals around protein and good fat. Your carbohydrates, you don't have to cut them out, but you do have to limit them, and you do have to make the right choices when it comes to your carbs. So what that means is whole grain oats, steel cut oatmeal, brown rice, keenwa. All those things are great, sweet potatoes, especially post workout. But you do wanna focus on your protein and your good fats being the basis and the meat and potatoes of your diet.

Second, obviously you have to train. So, consistency is key, guys. You can't just be working out one day a week and expect to see results, okay? You're gonna get what you put in, so you need to be working out at least four to five days a week, and you need to be consistent meaning it takes you eight weeks to start feeling a change in your body. It takes everyone else twelve weeks to start noticing it. Be patient. Stay consistent. The results will come. So, specifics in terms of your workout, what do I mean? Minimal, two to three days a week of strength training. Okay? Intervals, for cardio, guys stop reading Us Weekly on the recumbent bike, okay? You're not doing anything for yourself. Get off. Jump on a treadmill. Go hard for one minute. Rest for one minute. Okay. Instead of your active rest of not doing anything whether it be jogging very slowly or walking on a treadmill, get on the floor. Do a plank. Okay, this is an effective way to really get the abs you're looking for: to mix the cardio, the intervals, with your specific ab exercises. It's a great way to get your heart rate up, burn calories, get that boost of metabolism, and get those washboard abs you're looking for. Another thing, water. You should be drinking at least three liters of water a day. It varies depending on your weight and your height, but three liters is really standard. Make sure you're drinking a lot of water. Last, but not least, completely underrated, you need to be getting sleep. You need to be resting at least six to seven hours minimal. I don't say eight anymore. Eight just is not reasonable. It's not real realistic for, especially for us New Yorkers. Eight hours is just not realistic anymore. So I say six to seven hours of sleep. You need sleep. People that don't sleep enough will overeat by 300 calories a day, okay? So make sure you're getting enough rest as well. Recovery is key.

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