Men vs Women: What It Takes To Get A Six Pack

You have probably noticed a lot more men walking around sporting six pack ab muscles compared to women. The reason for this is that it is much easier for a man to build rippled abdominal muscles than it is for a woman. Of course, both sexes have the muscles necessary for a great looking six pack, but it is just more difficult for women to get that six pack look. [More…]

Regardless if the person is a man or a woman, the person must have very little belly fat and they must also have toned abdominal muscles in order to get a six pack. Women by nature have more fat on their bodies than do men. Plus, women tend to carry their extra fat around their mid-sections so it becomes difficult for most women to obtain the low body fat percentage that is needed for a six pack to show. Men also can lose weight quicker than women. A man with a few extra pounds on his belly finds it much easier to lose that fat than does a woman with extra fat on her mid-section. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule as there are many women who are genetically pre-disposed to having a fast metabolism and great muscle definition.

Both men and women have to lose any excess body fat before expecting a six pack to develop. The best way to lose body fat is to follow a sound and healthy diet. Instead of eating foods laden with fat and carbohydrates, one must be sure to eat foods that are rich in protein, low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Stop eating simple carbohydrates such as refined sugar and grains and instead choose complex carbs like brown rice, beans and whole grains. Essential fatty acids increase your metabolic rate and help to burn fat so be sure to eat healthy fats like fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados. One of the best diet modifications you can make is to spread your daily food intake into six or eight small meals instead of eating three large meals. This will assist your body in eliminating wastes and toxins and will help you to feel satisfied and full of energy all day long.

No matter how many crunches and sit-ups you may do every day, that six pack will remain buried for as long as you have an excess layer of fat on your belly. You simply cannot ‘out-train’ a poor diet any more than you can try to ‘spot reduce’. You must take control of your diet. It is a big mistake to presume that doing hundreds of reps of ab exercises will get rid of your belly fat. Both men and women often believe this to be true and they find out later that all of those crunches, sit-ups and twisting exercises were done in vain. Sure, the six pack was built up but the problem is that it is hidden beneath a layer or two of fat.

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