Everyone digs having a chiseled six-pack, I mean let’s face it if someone could give you a six-pack for life would you turn it down?
You know you wouldn’t or you wouldn’t be reading this article.
The truth we all have a six-pack of our own, it’s just buried under a layer of fat. For some people this is a very large layer of fat, truth be told.
The good news is you can get rid of that layer of fat covering your abs and reveal your six-pack but there many common myths out there that you should be sure not to fall for or those abs may never see the light of day.
So let’s get to it and kill six myths that are holding you back from a killer six-pack.
Myth #1 – Training abs burns the fat the covers your abs
FALSE – This is probably the biggest myth out there. People think that if you train your abs hard you will eventually have a 6-pack. This just isn’t the case. You could train your abs until the cows come home and have the strongest core on Earth but if they are covered by 2 inches of fat no one is going to see them.
If you want to get rid of the fat that covers your abs you will need to lower your body fat over your entire body. Think about it, have you ever seen a guy who is fat everywhere but has ripped abs? Of course not, it’s impossible. On the contrary, there are skinny guys that don’t even work out but have abs. How could that be? Because their body fat is low so you can see their abs.
The bottom line is if you want people to see your abs you will need to reduce your overall body fat percentage. It is impossible to reduce body fat in just your stomach no matter what those infomercials tell you.
Myth #2 – You can out exercise your crappy diet
FALSE – unless you are one of those genetic freaks or an athlete with an insane training regimen like Michael Phelps you will not be able to out train your diet. But I already know that you are not one of those genetic freaks or insane athletes, if you were you would not need to read this article. It’s ok, 99% of us aren’t like that.
Since you are just a regular person like the rest of us you should be tracking our macros, eating real whole nutrition food, and not eating too much junk food, sweets, and alcohol. That is the key.
Myth #3 – Eating carbs will make it impossible to see your abs
FALSE – Carbs are not the enemy but you do want to reduce the number of simple carbs you eat. This will mean less sugary snacks, soda pop, pastries, white bread, and white pasta.
Instead, you should have your carb intake be more complex carbs like oatmeal, yams, brown rice, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and whole grain bread/pasta. These will digest much slower and won’t cause an insulin spike which leads to fat storage.
Related: Eating for Ripped Abs
Myth #4 – You must do hundreds of sit-ups and crunches each week
FALSE – You don’t really need to do any sit-ups and crunches, those exercises are a bit old school and have essentially been replaced. There are numerous other core exercises you can do that are way more effective, we have these all covered in our article on the best ab exercises, sit-ups and crunches are toward the bottom of the list so they are not the best choice. Ab Wheel Rollouts are one of the best exercises you can do for abs but may be a bit advanced for some of you beginners. Look over the list and find something that works for you.
Myth #5 – Fat burners don’t work
FALSE – Fat burners do work but they won’t do the work for you. If you think you can take a fat burner and then just eat a bunch of junk food and be lazy and still get ripped abs you will be very disappointed.
Fat burners work in two ways, first, they have ingredients in them that will suppress your appetite so you feel less hungry and consume fewer calories throughout the day. The second way they work is by boosting your metabolism so you have more energy and burn more calories throughout the day. This combination of appetite suppression and a faster metabolism can help you get abs much faster than you normally would when combined with a solid diet.
Not all fat burners are the same though and a lot of them are junk, check out our list of the leading fat burners that work the best.
Myth #6 – You can shape your abs
FALSE – Sorry to tell you this but you can’t change the shape of your abs, you are stuck with whatever your genetics gave you whether they are good or bad. You can’t change the lines, blocks. width and symmetry, they are specific to you. You can make them stronger, thicker or more defined but other than that you are pretty much set with what you have thanks to mom and dad.
I hope these quick 6 myths we killed will help you on your quest to getting a six pack. It basically comes down to diet and hard work. There are no shortcuts.
The bottom line…
The more you lower your body fat the more visible your abs will be, get that body fat low and your abs will show.
Ryan is a former college wrestler and lifelong fitness fanatic. He has run half marathons, done mud runs, placed in body transformation contests, coached wrestling and now coaches girls soccer. Not to mention he has also tried literally hundreds of supplements over the years and has a vast and thorough supplement knowledge. He has written for Muscle & Strength, Testosterone Junkie, The Sport Review and other publications. He is also the editor in chief of this website. Feel free connect with him on his LinkedIn page below.