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Skipping Meals For Six Pack Abs

Updated on May 27, 2009

Skipping meals for six pack abs is a strategy that a lot of people use when they're struggling to shed the fat from their stomach.  This though, is probably the worst thing you can do if you want to burn fat from your body.

Skipping meals slows down your metabolism, and your exercise program will suffer because you won't be providing your body with the nutrients it needs to properly exercise and recover.

Firing up your metabolism

Missing out on meals will slow your metabolic rate. This is even more so if you're deciding to skip your breakfast. When you eat your breakfast you set your metabolic rate for the day. If you skip it your metabolism will slow down, and your body will start storing more calories as fat.

Your body goes into starvation mode when you skip meals, and this causes it to hold onto the calories that you do eat instead of burning them off as energy.

When the calories get stored they get stored as fat. As your body collects more fat your metabolism slows down more, and this leads to the storage of more fat.

Your metabolism is given a boost with the first meal of the day so skipping breakfast for six pack abs is definitely a no-no.

5 to 6 meals a day

You must start your day with a breakfast and it should be eaten within the first hour of waking up. You have been fasting for 8 hours up until this point so your body needs fuel. Some people think that they can skip breakfast and then their body starts burning fat for energy.

What will happen is your body will start burning muscle for energy because muscle burns more calories than fat, and your body wants to burn less because you're starving it of nutrition.

Once you've eaten breakfast you need to eat another 4 to five meals spaced out at regular intervals so your body is getting fed continually throughout the day. This prevents your body going into starvation mode so it will have no reason to start storing the calories you eat as fat.

Ignore fad diets

In those six meals you must have a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Low fat diets and low carb diets are not necessary, and your body doesn't like them. You need all food types for your body to function properly, and give you the energy you need to exercise.

If you're eating a low carb diet like all the celebrities advocate you're not going to be able to exercise and recover enough for your next workout. Also, when you start eating properly again you'll just put on weight because your body has gotten used to the new fad diet.

Your body also needs healthy fats to function properly. Some vitamins are transported around your body in fat cells so a low fat or fat free diet can lead to malnutrition.

Healthy fats also help you burn fat because they help regulate insulin production. When you eat a lot of simple carbs you get insulin spikes, and then your body stores fat during this period.

What you need to do for a six pack stomach

Skipping meals is not the way to a six pack stomach. You need to eat a healthy diet consisting of 5 to 6 meals a day, and exercise 3 times a week. To find out more information about eating and training correctly visit Turbulence Training


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      Kevin 6 years ago

      Most of this information is very outdated and incorrect. Do some research on more recent studies and you will find that these old myths of multiple small meals are not only incorrect, but counterproductive.