I am a firm believer that when it comes to fitness, you get out of it what you put in. Building muscle is tough, but maintaining it over the years is even more difficult. That’s why I’ve worked hard to narrow down the most important steps anyone can take to develop a six-pack, as well as keep it as the months go by.
- Calculate Your Current Fat Percentage
The biggest reason you’re not seeing a shredded six pack, even if you eat right and work out regularly, is because your body is packing too much fat. The first step to shedding that extra fat is figuring out what your body fat percentage is right now. This will help you see how much you need to lose before you can develop visible abs.
- Figure Out How Much Fat You Should Have
Usually, men need to break the 10 percent fat barrier in order to show off a six-pack while women need to get below 17 percent. Once you know your own fat percentage, you can use a series of calculations to see how much fat you need to lose in order to get in the proper range.
- Create a Schedule
Losing fat takes time, and to effectively reach your goal, you’ll need to establish a timeline you can actively stick to. In my opinion, you should be working to lose one to two pounds each week. Do the math to see how long it will take you to reach your final goal, then mark it on your calendar so you stay on track.
- Count Your Calories and Track Your Meals Long-Term
In order to shed fat, you’ll have to eat fewer calories than you usually do and make each meal count. This means recording everything you eat, either via an app or by keeping track on your own.
- Combine Strength Training and Cardio
The best workout plan will hit all of your major muscle groups over the course of the week by including cardio and weight-lifting. You should also adopt a progressive training method to ensure that your body is constantly forced to adapt to new muscle growth.
- Stay Consistent
Once you’re on this fitness journey, you can’t let up. Stay motivated and keep working, and eventually, you’ll see the results you want to see.
To learn more about calculating your body’s fat, planning perfect meals for muscle building, and developing the best workouts for your body, check out my fitness guide, Rachel’s Guide for Year-Round Shredded Abs. I’ll walk you through every step of your fitness journey and give you plenty of tips that will change your diet and lifestyle for good. Get your copy today for just $47.99 and start building the body you’ve always dreamed of having.
Rachel Scheer is a Certified Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Rachel has her own private nutrition and counseling practice located in McKinney, Texas. Rachel has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs enhance their athletic performance, improve their physical and mental health, and make positive lifelong eating and exercise behavior changes.