The million-dollar question in fitness, especially when it comes to females. The very first thing to point out here is that everyone has abdominals. It’s just that 95% of the population can’t see them through their winter of “bulking”.
People’s initial plan of attack is to do as many different crunch and sit-up variations as humanly possible. After spending two hours a day doing sit-ups and introducing yourself to lower back pain, you will soon realize that this isn’t the answer.
Unfortunately you cannot spot reduced body fat with an exercise.
What that means is that when you are doing a leg exercise, your body doesn’t prioritize burning body fat from the legs. It burns it from the most easily accessible area.
Where people store body fat is effected by a lot of different variables.
Some will argue that it is solely down to your hormonal profile, which can be influenced by nutrition. Some will say it is purely genetic. Whilst others believe it can be down to circulation or inflammation issues which can be caused by food intolerances.
They all have valid points and the likelihood is it’s a combination of all of them playing a part in our body’s fat distribution. In general, people will tend to lose body fat fairly evenly and it is very uncommon that someone will be very lean everywhere but the stomach.
The trouble is sometimes people are searching for answers to the wrong question…
They are searching for a magic supplement stack or nutritional strategy that will target fat around the abs.
But none of that will matter if you don’t take care of what you eat the other 95% of the time.
So what’s the best exercise for abs?
It’s not an exercise at all.
Well maybe… It’s nutritional restraint –you need to exercise nutritional restraint.