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The best way to carve awesome abs

Updated on May 2, 2011

Step #1 Reduce salt intake:

Seriously, this is probably one of the most important things to take care of if you want to look ripped. Salt retains water. Water makes you look bulky. (I am not endorsing you to stop drinking water, however).

Step #2 Avoid processed/fried foods:

Chips, almost any canned stuff, McDonald's burgers, fries all contain high amounts of salt plus french fries and puris (deep fried Indian flat bread) have ridiculous amounts of trans fats (read any bodybuilders/humans worst nightmare) and lets not even talk about sodas. They are the most messed up sugary syrup ever.

Step #3 Alcohol:

One peg of liquor is equal to 1 pint of beer is equal to a whole lot of calories. Restrict to weekends and make sure you compensate for the intake.

Cardio:

Cardio for at least 30 minutes 2-3 times a week is a must. If you hate to jog, then swim. But swimming cools the body temperature, so your body deposits a thin later of fat subcutaneously for insulation but still the overall benefits of swimming are way better than any cardio exercise, especially since it would not run your knee joints out!

You need to workout continuously to carve awesome abs. Reduce your salt intake to reduce fat around abs.
You need to workout continuously to carve awesome abs. Reduce your salt intake to reduce fat around abs.

Step #4 Crunches:

Anyone who does abs everyday is a mighty stupid. Twice a week is fine, just make sure you get your form right. Don't injure the lower back and make sure your hip is not fooling you into thinking your working out your abs.

Step #5 Breakfast:

If you like coffee with cream or milky tea, use skimmed milk, better yet use no sugar. Just one spoon of sugar everyday equals over 3 kilos of weight gain in a year (or use sugar substitutes, aspart, etc. ADA claims these are safe (up to 400 mg per day) but I am still sitting on the fence with that.

Dinner:

Light meal, packed with protein and vegetables should be taken at least 3 hours before bedtime.

Increase your growth hormone naturally

Another way to burn fat, gain lean muscles, and awesome abs is to increase your growth hormones naturally. I know it sounds difficult, but you can try. Instead of doing cardio at a heartbeat of 130-160 (ideal cardio) for 30 minutes, just go for fast running for 12 minutes or so 4 times a week. By fast running, I mean running as fast as you can. If you are using a treadmill, then your heartbeat should cross 200. This will increase your metabolism and growth hormones to some extent.

Avoid alcohol and avoid deep fried foods. These taste good but they are very bad for your health. Eat fresh juicy fruits, start doing cardio 2 times a week, hit that water and start swimming. Stop cycling excessively to stop hitting your joints.

These taste good but you will not achieve your goal if you will not get rid of them.
These taste good but you will not achieve your goal if you will not get rid of them.
Eat fresh juicy fruits
Eat fresh juicy fruits
Avoid fried
Avoid fried
Do cardio two times a week
Do cardio two times a week
Swimming is one of the best exercise.
Swimming is one of the best exercise.
Swimming helps in maintaining overall shape of the body.
Swimming helps in maintaining overall shape of the body.
Hit the water. Do not hit your joints.
Hit the water. Do not hit your joints.
No need to do crunches every day for building awesome abs.
No need to do crunches every day for building awesome abs.
Eat good breakfast
Eat good breakfast

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      Dr. Sara Solomon 

      5 years ago

      Diet is crucial! I chiseled my abs by training in the morning BEFORE breakfast (fasted training). That way I burn stored fat, which reveals my abs!

      Please read my articles explaining how I transformed my belly into abs!

      1. http://www.drsarasolomon.com/get-awesome-abs/

      2. http://www.drsarasolomon.com/beat-belly-bloating/

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      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Shodi, you can start losing weight at home by doing exercises. If gym is a problem with you, buy a home gym. Where there is a will, there is a way.

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      Shodi 

      7 years ago

      i work until 5 pm and the Gym is far and the weather is very cold hear and i am so lazy to start exercise by myself , i don"t know how to loose wait

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Omar, it depends how well you exercise and keep a check on your diet.

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      OMAR6118 

      7 years ago

      ABOUT HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE IF I WEIGH ROUGHLY 190 AND I HAVE A BODY FAT % OF 17 TO GET A NICE 6PK?

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you very much Search Engine Optimization Expert from Kerala.

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      SEO Expert Kerala 

      9 years ago from KERALA

      nice hub...You have arranged the content in a beautiful way

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for your joining gym sangeetjass. Read my other hubs above the SHARE IT button to learn more tactics.

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      sangeetjass 

      9 years ago

      cool ideas was just about to join gym, u have motivated me more to do so....

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes emohealer, I agree the diet tips are very hard. Thanks for appreciating other things.

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      The diet tips are the hardest of all as everyone has seemed to note. The most amazing thing about abs and what makes that six pack more within reach is that the abs are the only muscle group that can be worked everyday. All other muscle groups require at least one day recuperation time.

      Thanks for pointing out the cardiovascular, without it, all other exercises are reduced dramatically in their effectiveness. Another good hub on getting fit, Thanks!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellet ocbill. You are a gem. I do not have time for running outside and you run on soft dirt and grass to help your knee joints. That's really good. I wish I have some spare time to go outside as exercises when done in a natural environment just like you are doing give the maxium benefit and the one hundred percent non-fat chilled milk is the best idea. I will try that.

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      ocbill 

      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      the foods are enticing but if you compensate with more exercise it can be maintained. excelelnt excellent info on knee joints and "how to run" I run on soft dirt or grass btu do quick sprints and not for a long time. You wil notice the sprinters have the cut bodies while the marathoners have the thin non-muscular looking bodies. I do some distance combined with sprints on soft ground. But my downfall are the little cakes. Soda? never. just 100% fruit shakes with frozen non-fat milk

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes shamelabboush. THE MORE PAIN THE MORE GAIN.

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      shamelabboush 

      9 years ago

      Great tips, though uneasy to follow all of them but I think the gains are massive! Thanks

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi agusfanani you are right that the foods are real temptation but one has to leave this type of food in order to burn and especially maintain calories. Nothing is impossible.

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      agusfanani 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      A hub contains good advice although not easy to do. especially the foods are real temptation.

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