Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ABS: The Elusive Six-Pack

Ross Edgley / Instagram

A six-pack is created in the kitchen, not in the gym.

Changing one’s diet is a challenging task, since we eat for pleasure, to ease pain and anxiety, to celebrate victories big and small. Few people intentionally eat solely for sustenance; pleasure trumps pragmatism. If a person is carrying more than 10% body fat then the six-pack will remain elusive, visually. It might be there under the fat, but the fat will always obscure it from view. All the leg raises, planks and crunches in the world will not reveal those hard-won abdominal muscles if they are layered over in fat.

Finding balance between eating enough nutritious, muscle-building food to add muscle while losing fat or keeping abdominal fat at bay is a quest not easily won. We don’t want to lose hard-won muscle by eating less nutrition but at the same time want our hard work to show off by losing fat.

The obvious villains are snack foods and fast foods; bad fats, sugar (which is contained in just about every commercial food), and munchies sweet and salty — cookies, chips, and the like. Certainly genetics play a part in the ease with which people can change their bodies, but after all is said and done, we have to play the cards we’ve been dealt by working harder at our diet than the next guy.

Just as some can play the piano by ear or draw beautifully without ever taking an art lesson, there are those who seemingly with little effort build beautiful bodies. C’est la vie.

Tweak your daily diet to get the results you’re after, or not. I feel your pain, as it’s an ongoing experiment for most of us.

The photo is of Ross Edgley who has one of the most esthetically awesome bodies ever. You can check him out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rossedgley/

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