Eating is a massive part of getting a six pack. Without the right nutrition, your body won’t have what it needs to build abdominal muscle. So your time spent in the gym will be worth far less than if you have a great abs diet providing your body with the nutrition it needs.
You may already know that protein is what builds muscle mass and that you need to get more of it when gaining muscle (this is often talked about in bodybuilding magazines and blogs). But how much do you need?
When building abs, it’s recommended that you eat 1.5 grams per pound of your body weight. And you should eat an additional 20 g’s before and after a workout. This is because your body needs more protein to repair itself and build new muscle.
You do in fact need carbs, despite what people say! If you don’t get your carbs, your body won’t have the energy to gain muscle! To work out how much you need, you should take your body weight and divide it by 2 and this is how much you should eat in grams.
Fat is also important when your trying to get a six pack. And again many people preach that this should not be part of your diet at all. The thing is, if your body didn’t have fats your bodies mechanisms would not function optimally and this would prevent you from building muscle mass. So multiply your body weight by 0.2 and this is the amount of grams of fat you need to eat.
What many people don’t understand when it comes to getting six pack abs, is that you don’t always need to do abs exercises like sit ups, leg raises and crunches, you just need to lose belly fat. You would get a six pack almost instantly as soon as you reduced the fat on your stomach. The amount of body fat you put on tends to be in direct correlation to how many calories you consume each day. For this abs diet you should eat around 10 calories for every pound of your body weight.
Some people don’t actually have any belly fat covering their abdominals, they just want more muscle, in this case you should stick to the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). This will give you enough to build your abs muscles up.
When doing any diet, it’s a good idea to break it every few weeks or so. This ensures that your metabolism doesn’t crash from the radical change in your diet and nutritional intake. It also prevents you from getting really fed up and stopping the diet altogether which is the worst thing you can do. Sometime you might start to lose track of your diet, if this ever happens, just get back to it and keep going as soon as possible.
With the nutritional information I just provided you with, you have more than enough to design your own diet plan and start your quest to get a six pack. So long as you stick to this guide and do regular workouts, then you’ll have no problem getting the body you want.