Hello all my name is Andy I am new to your forum. I live in Minnesota, and with winter coming to an end in a few months I would like to start sculpting my abs for the beach. Does anyone have any tips or advice? I.E. diet, workouts,supplements?
Liposuction is very quick and painful.
Thank you for the advice Prince. I will put it in effect.
No. You don't.The good news is that there are some easy changes to your diet that will have a dramatic effect. First and foremost, you need to cut your fat, sugar and sodium.
Please don't follow this advice.Think non-fat, low sugar and low sodium everything (when grocery shopping).
This part is prudent, for anyone.Ditch the cans and prepackaged foods.
This part doesn't matter at all.Every meal needs to consist of some proportion of protein, carb???s and fat.
I diet on high-fat. I wouldn't recommend a low fat diet for cutting. You may personally prefer it, but it's not the only way to do it.Without all that stats of your current diet or current body fat, I can't speak to what will be most beneficial, but to keep it simple...up your protein, eat moderate carb???s and keep fat to a minimum (read all food labels).
Or sirloin. Or bison. Or pork. Basically whatever meat's on sale.Good protein choices would be flank stank, boneless-skinless chicken, ground turkey or beef (7% fat), tilapia, tuna or salmon.
I prefer white rice, but really it doesn't matter.Now for the carb???s...I prefer baked or grilled yams, brown rice and on occasion, baked or boiled potatoes. Pasta is OK too, but in moderation and consider the sauce you put on it.
Try to get in at least half a gram of fat per pound lean mass. Higher is fine, but there are calories to consider. I highly recommend at least 10g of fish oil daily as well.I like a basic tomato and basil. Before we leave the carb section, you need to eat green veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, lettuce, etc.). For the fat, well in my opinion...it will take care of itself. If you eat the above, you will not need to add any additional fat to your diet.
I eat a lot of dairy. Not everyone follows runner's guidelines for cutting.In addition, I would keep all dairy to a minimum (cheese, milk, etc), unless its non fat.
Cardio can help, but it's truly not necessary for cutting, not until you're trying to get ready for stage.So, this is overly simplistic and is the bare minimum for changing your body fat percentages and you will definitely need to invest time in doing some quality cardio. For starters, if you can (check with you Doc first), start with 20 minutes of cardio (run, bike, swim, whatever) then work your way to 30, 40 then 60 minutes per day. Your cardio should be around 60% of your max effort (ideal for burning fat).
Very few trainers are worth hiring. If you squat, deadlift and do chinups, you'll hit your core plenty.And finally...get a trainer to show you some effective and appropriate exercises for strengthening your core (abs).
Getting lean is all about lifting heavy while eating at a deficit. Runner22's outlined one way to do it, but it's not the only way. Please read the link in my sig on getting started for another way to do this.In my opinion, this is the least important part of the equation. You can do ab exercises until you are blue in the face, but if you don't have a cardio and diet plan to support your efforts, you???ll never have a "washboard" stomach. Remember, getting lean is all about diet, cardio, discipline and then...training.
It is, but I'm a lifestyle athlete myself. I was fat for about twenty years - actually, I was a fat runner for the last ten of those years - and I've kept my weight down since 2001 by following the advice I just gave.Sounds like he was looking for a beach body, not getting on stage. Based upon his diet, it would take him years to achieve. I offered a few no-nonsense and health stabilizing ideas that will go far beyond good "abs at a beach". Eating is a way of life...not a diet. Diet supports your workouts and not the other way around. If you want to bulk and stay lean (hard to do with out "supps"), we'll thats another conversation.
By the way...I was a accomplished football player, sprinter and compettive bodybuilder (amateur). As the years went on (got older)..Running provided my rush and now it's my thing. Now I eat cleaner and smarter than ever, train lighter and I'm more concerned about my longevity in any sport....period. That being said, it works for me, take my advice with a grain of salt and find what works for you.
Thank you for all the advice. Signing up for this site is the best thing I could have done. With great advice, and support like this I will reach my goals. Thanks a lot everyone. I look forward to corresponding more.
It is, but I'm a lifestyle athlete myself. I was fat for about twenty years - actually, I was a fat runner for the last ten of those years - and I've kept my weight down since 2001 by following the advice I just gave.
You're right...there are a thousand ways to skin a cat. Finding what works for you is half the trick. Congrats on your success! Keep it up!
Listen, the way you did it works. A lot of things work. But there are easier, more comfortable things that also work and it's important to know this.
If I tried to diet down the way you did, I would have been too hungry - and thus I would have failed. In fact, I did try - during my "fat jogger" years. I tried for a long time - it's amazing how hungry running makes me.
Not you, runner?
I get hungry just like the rest of them, but I eat 6-7 small meals a day to keep my blood sugar steady. I also include foods that are moderately high in fiber, so that my digestion slows a bit and I'm not hungry all the time. If I keep my diet clean during the week, I often indulge in a cheat meal on the weekends. At that point???anything goes. I can see how my advice may be a bit over the top for some. I???m just passionate about my passion.
Take care my friend???
You should give her advice a try. Really, I was in your shoes at one point like 2-3 years ago. I even remember arguing a bit with her - don't eat 6 meals a day? What blasphemy is this!
Once I listened to her advice, I got leaner then I'd ever been before. I was also less hungry. That was without doing any cardio, period.
I have to admit that a diet rich in fat (unless the ones I stated) above, can be very risky and potentiate heart disease, high blood pressure, etc (over time). If I'm wrong about this...I'll humbly sit back and wait to be schooled.
i wonder what Builts ab's currently look like?
Here is my advice for someone that is new to bodybuilding/fitness....
1. Don't do too much too quickly, nor overly drastic.
2. Start out slow and simple, e.g. clean up your diet a little, don't get into an overcomplicated strict diet, that typically ends up failure. Instead just cut down on fast food, sugars, soda pop, etc, and try and eat quality food, e.g. real food, not processed crap.
3. Don't expect too much too soon, e.g. if you have 30lbs of fat to lose expect that to take you 4 to 5 months, remember it took you years to gain all of the fat.
4. Don't make the mistake of doing a shitload of cardio, you're actually better off lifting weights. I am not saying cardio is bad, just don't think its the most important part of getting lean. You may burn a few hundred calories doing cardio, however when you lift weights and gain muscle you increase your metabolism 24/7, muscles need fuel.
5. If you plan to start working-out start out slow, maybe do two full body work-outs per week, then gradually increase as you start to adapt.
6. Forget supplements except for basics like a multi-viatmin, EFA's and whey protein. There is no magic fat loss pill, if there were everyone would be lean.
7. Try and eat 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, e.g. if you weigh 200lbs and your body fat is 25% then you would shoot for 150grams of protein per day, not 200grams. Once you start gaining muscle mass you may need to adjust your protein intake.
8. Start out slow and keep things simple and make short term goals as well as long term goals, and they all need to be realistic and attainable.
9. Make sure you eat 1 or 2 cheat meals each week, don't go crazy just eat some foods that you enjoy, that really helps keep your sanity as well as the ability to continue living your new healthy lifestyle.
10. You have to make a lifestyle change that you can live with, that is why "fad diets" never work, you have to change the way you eat in a way that you can live with forever, not just a few months.
11. Don't measure your progress by a scale, especially if you plan to start lifting weights, you will lose fat and gain muscle and the scale won't change, instead use the mirror.
Danzik, I should have just let you answer - you hit all the salient points with the elegance of brevity.You'd think so, but from what I recall a high fat diet is only moderately 'dangerous' when you're in a hypercaloric state. If you're in ketosis and a hypocaloric state like suggested, the FFAs in your bloodstream are actively being burned off and don't hang around to cause problems.
That said what works for you works for you. Bodybuilders certainly got lean as hell following the "old" mentality which should just go to prove that most of these variables are just for comfort, it still boils down to calories in vs calories out.
Isn't that just nuts? Imagine how many people drink these things all day! Three of these would have a whopping 120g of sugar, half of which is fructose. That'll overload your liver in a hurry - hellooo gout, type II diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated cholesterol!MNGuy, you came to the right place. We have so many educated people here. I agree with Prince, make slow suttle changes. Lessen the Dew intake would be a great step in the right direction. There is at least 40 grams of sugar per 12 oz of soda. 2 or 3 of those a day is a lot of wasted calories.
Isn't that just nuts? Imagine how many people drink these things all day! Three of these would have a whopping 120g of sugar, half of which is fructose. That'll overload your liver in a hurry - hellooo gout, type II diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated cholesterol!