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7 Tips on Getting Lean, Hard Abs

Updated on August 15, 2017

Super Lean and Shredded Abs

The Abdominal muscles

At one point in time it seemed as if everyone wanted or was trying to be a giant mass monster and just get the 300 pound plus Ronald Coleman type status, just huge. Now it seems the mass monsters are on their way out and a lot more people are not wanting all the extra bulk and looking for a healthier, leaner lifestyle. Many are determined to get that lean, chiseled, hard six pack look. If your not one of those genetically blessed individuals that can pretty much stay lean year round with little or no effort at all and your the type that can pass by a Burger King and automatically you gain five pounds, then these simple tips will definitely assist you in losing your unwanted fat and gaining some nice, lean muscle.


Eating more frequently speeds up the metabolism

Eating more Often

This sounds kind of ironic that in order to lose more fat you need to eat more frequently. However, that's exactly what you will need to do. Some people have this misconception of not eating after a certain time of day or night,which really only slows your body (metabolism) down will help them lose weight, but it doesn't. The body can not tell time. It's not about "when" you eat, it's "what" you eat. Skipping meals actually will make you gain weight. Let's say for example you eat a meal at 6 pm and then you don't eat again until the next morning at 6 am. You haven't fed your body anything in 12 hours, sending your body into starvation mode. This means that pretty much every thing you ate at 6 pm, your body will store as fat for self preservation. It doesn't know when your going to feed it again and attempts to maintain itself. Eating five or six meals a day will boost your metabolism and keep it consistently working at a faster level. This prevents your body from storing fat from excess calories you may take in when only eating three large meals a day. Your meals should always be planned so that your not tempted to just grab a burger or some other random fast food out of convenience.

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Products to avoid with sugars and other unhealthy additives

Cutting out Sugar

Besides the fact that it has absolutely no nutritional value, sugar is also one of the main precursors of fat. The more sugar that's flowing through your body, the more fat your body is capable of retaining. If it's at all possible, you should cut out sugar including white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave syrup, etc. and replace it with Stevia or Splenda. Understand It's going to be almost impossible to cut out sugar entirely as fruits, vegetables and other foods all contain some natural sugars. Moderation is the key. Your sodium intake should also be cut down as well to reduce the water retention. Try avoiding monosodium glutamate and replace it with a sea salt.


High Protein Berry Shake

Consuming protein at every meal

In order to grow and build quality muscle, the body requires a certain amount of protein. The amount of protein will vary depending on the person and other various factors. All five or six of your meals should contain some sort of protein like fish, eggs, steak or lean chicken. Opt for white meat poultry instead of dark, removing the skin before cooking it. If your drinking supplemental protein shakes, ensure that it's low in carbohydrates and sugar grams. Be very mindful of your protein intake, it should correlate specifically with your body, your weight and your activity level. Notice I said everything is about you. Do not take in a protein grams plan that is associated with someone else's body.The body can not store protein, so taking it excessively will actually do more harm than good. The excess protein will be excreted as waste or stored as fat and add unnecessary stress on your kidneys.

Ingredients For Berry High Protein Shake

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Scoop Whey Isolate/Low carb Protein, Vanilla or Plain
  • 1/3 cup Frozen Berries, Preferably Strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Flax seed meal, (adds fiber)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Water, (Less if you like it thicker)
  • Sweetner for taste Liquid Form, Splenda has no carbs

Directions for Berry High Protein Shake

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and whiz them together.

Berry High Protein Shake

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 12 oz
Calories 429
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 24 g48%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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List of carbohydrates on the Glycemic Index

Eat low-glycemic carbohydrates

If the carbohydrates that you eat are not burned off quickly, then they will simply turn into fat. Eating low-glycemic complex carbohydrates such as broccoli, cabbage, yams or oatmeal will not increase your blood sugar as fast and will give you a consistent stream of energy/fuel. Unless you train later in the evenings, try not to eat a lot carbs after 2 pm. Reducing the bad fats in your diet is also must. Dairy products such as milk and creams contain both fat and carbohydrates. Cutting dairy out of your diet will eliminate excess calories and prevent you from being bloated.

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The Biology of a diet

Gradually cutting your calories

The human body is very complex. It can easily adjusts and become accustomed to repetitions whether it be in your weight training routine or your eating habits. Varying your calorie intake daily will keep your body guessing and prevent your metabolism from slowing down during a diet. Gradually drop calories by cutting out unnecessary foods.Once you have added the protein grams necessary for your particular age, body weight, level of activity etc, changed your percentages of macro-nutrients and gotten rid of the empty calories to boost your metabolism, you will begin to lose body fat.


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Supplements

There are so many fat burners on the market, it really shouldn't be hard to find a good one that works well for your body. If you just don't like taking pills, you can always drink coffee or green tea. Caffeine is an effective fat burner. Make sure your taking your vitamins and getting plenty of iron. Iron supplies oxygen to your cells, an iron deficiency will slow down your metabolism. EFA's or essential fatty acids have Omega-3's which will help reduce cholesterol and has a role in the fat burning process.

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Recovery

When your training, the focus should be on intensity rather than the duration of time in the gym. Recovery is imperative for your muscles to rebuild and grow. When your trying to lose fat, make sure you get some extra sleep. This will not only allow your muscles to grow, but will keep your cortisol and insulin levels lower.

It may be difficult to to apply these tips all the time, but if you using all or even a combination of them together, your goal of fat loss will be made a lot easier and much faster.


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      Glen 4 days ago

      I have been eating 6 meals a day for 6 months. I have lost 70lbs. I do also workout 6-7 days a week, targeting muscle groups. I do occasionally end up in a situation where I can't eat my 4th meal or I eat my 3rd meal a little later than I scheduled it. It won't hurt your routine. It's call a skipped meal because you normally would have had that meal. I intake 250g of protein within those 6 meals. The gainz have been real. This will work. It takes dedication. You won't see immediate results, you body has to trust you to feed it 6 times a day to speed up the metabolic rate. It's like a relationship, trust is earned. Good luck, you can do it!

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      jorine Ozey 4 weeks ago

      Wow this is great

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      Dee 4 months ago

      Myth.: Metabolism doesn't slow down if you skip a meal or two....

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      Akash 12 months ago

      Seriously I am a passionate person a out fitness though have known every thing which this article said but still capturing everything at a place made me more informational and yes I can say it helped me to remember more effectively & deepth __I was thinking in middle that this article have nit suggested about reat (sleep) but at last in the article it said ## so well written and yes go work **who ever wrote it have been related to fitness though he nailed everything (well done Sir)!

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      Chrisflyfishc 15 months ago

      Artificial sweeteners are particularly bad for anyone trying to maintain a healthy body. They're jet fuel for gut yeast which makes your digestion less effective, leaches excessive wastes into your joints and leaves you feel tired and bloated. In addition you should consider taking a high quality probiotic such as acidophilus.

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      Marc 3 years ago

      Seems like great advice given here. I'd just argue against one thing particularly, I don't think Splenda (Or similar sweeteners) should replace real sugar. I have read at one point that they are bad for you (?) I recommend more research in this area , on these products.

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      Stuart 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Great article man, I would love to hear some more about what foods you recommend for working out and building muscle. Sometimes I tend to eat foods that are high in fat and calories just to get a little extra protein.

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      Ken 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Great hub! I know when I am doing well with my eating because all I crave is sugar. Thanks for the tips!

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      10in30 4 years ago from southern california

      Good, solid advice. Follow this and you are set.

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      Tim 4 years ago

      Great advice man. I can totally relate to all of these points. Eliminating sugar and increasing my sleep has made the biggest difference for me. I have always liked eating 5-6 meals a day myself as well.

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Excellent advice Aplphadogg. Good stuff on carbs, sugars, and regulating blood sugar in particular.