First and foremost, not all people genetically have six pack abs to begin with.The number of packs are dependent on the number of separations you have in your abdominal muscles. And this is dicatated by your genes. In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger does not a six pack. But It’s not very difficult to get six-pack abs, if you’re willing to do some cardio to burn fat and eat clean. Otherwise, it’s very difficult to get six-pack abs.
The reason it is very difficult to get six-pack abs is due to the fact that you have to have at least 15%-9% body fat in order to let your six pack abs be visible. The fat percentage you will need for your six pack abs to be visible varies according to how developed your abdominal muscles are as well as, genetically speaking, how fat is distributed on your body.
The first place where fat gets deposited when we gain fat is on our tummies and waistline. And guess where the last part of our bodies lose its fat? That’s right. The waistline. That is just how our bodies works. And what’s worse is that the tummy fat is one of the most stubborn fat to burn off, especially when you are down to below 15% fat.
Naturally, fat is stored near the tummy area primarily, and it is where it is last removed when we lose it.
Now, why is it very difficult to get six-pack abs if it’s only a matter of losing fat, you ask?
Losing fat in the tummy area is difficult because it’s the last place you’ll lose fat across your entire body. And it is even more difficult for women to lose fat and maintain a low body fat percentage because their bodies need more fat than us guys.
To lose fat, you need to keep in mind that as a skinny guy trying to build muscle, you are also trying to gain muscle.
To gain muscle, aside from lifting the right way, you must meet your caloric requirement lest your body cannibalizes on your muscles (all your hard work goes to waste). But to lose fat, you need to eat food that have less than 20-15% of calories that come from unhealthy fat and only eat just 1-5% below your daily caloric requirement.
Calculate your caloric requirement here.
Now, after you’ve calculated your caloric requirement. Slightly reduce it. And divide the calories into 4 -5 small meals. Each with equal or near-equal protein distribution.
Reason behind this is because you want to avoid letting your body starve and eat your hard-earned muscle away.
This requires quite the fair amount of discipline to do. Not to mention, having a desk job or school life leaves you with quite a few hours to prepare your meals. And grabbing unhealthy food on the go would only serve to make it more difficult to get those already difficult-to-obtain abs.
In summary on why it’s very difficult to get six-pack abs:
- Most food in our society today are filled with sugar, bad fat, sweeteners, etc. They make healthy pro-ab food taste bland.
Fortunately enough though there are simple recipes that can be prepared in a jiffy that can help in fat loss.
- You must calculate each day’s portions, make them equally distributed, eat them at exact times without skipping any. Do you have the leisure to do so?
- You must do 10-30 min of medium to intense cardio each day but not exceed a specific amount lest be calorie-deficit.
- If you don’t have a way tomeasure your progress in losing fat , you’ll feel very half-hearted about your efforts midway and lose consistency.