Who doesn’t want to have a six-pack of firm abdominal muscles? A fit body can be best represented by a display of well defined abdominal muscles and part of the reason why this is associated with fitness, apart from the obvious sexy look of good abs is the fact that good abdominals require more than just one specific action to achieve. It is not possible to have well defined abdominal muscles if you are carrying excess fat around.
You can do all the stomach crunches and leg raises in the world, but no one is going to see those strong abdominal muscles if they are covered with a layer of fat. There is no such thing as spot reduction. It is a myth that is used to help sell products that promise people of ripped abs and a sexy body when in reality a change in diet will do more for the look of your midsection than any amount of exercise.
You can build up the size of your arms, legs and chest and they will look more impressive from the additional size even if you are carrying excess body fat, but the abdominals are the one area that fat reduction is more important than the exercise that you might do.
Don’t get me wrong, abdominal exercises are all important for strengthening your core and assisting with most exercises, along with supporting your back, but for looks alone you need to reduce body fat. When we reduce the fat content in our body it is reduced throughout the body. You can’t just target the stomach while all else remains the same.
So the first and most important step in getting a good set of abs that you will be proud to show anyone will be to reduce your fat to the extent that you can actually see them. You don’t need big abs if they aren’t hidden by fat.
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