Saturday, March 14, 2009
If you ever happen to turn on the television in the middle
of the night, you'll notice a flood of infomercials selling
the latest in home gym technology: machines that guarantee
you'll have a sexy, slimmer body with washboard abs by
working out for as little as 5 minutes a day.
Sadly, a lot of these machines can be misleading, like those
abdominal gadgets that promise you a six pack in just two
weeks. Contrary to most peoples belief, doing crunches won't
make you slimmer, it will only give you stronger abs. It
doesn't matter what kind of machine you're using, because
those strong abs are buried under those layers of fat, and
the only way to get rid of those are by doing cardiovascular
In order to get the look you're after you need to
concentrate on: 1. Have a healthy diet. 2.
Increase your metabolism. 3. Follow proper abdominal
No matter what abdominal machine you're using, or how
expensive it is, you won't see any results if you don't
follow the above routine. It's easy to buy into the glitzy
infomercials on TV, especially when you see attractive
models with hard bodies using the products, while promising
you the same kind of success. All you need is a five
minutes.... Walking to the other side of the room is five
minutes, and you're obviously not losing weight from that.
If you really want to get a flat stomach or rock hard
abs, you need to learn about the proper way of losing weight
and building muscle tone.
Here's one tip on how to effectively burn calories: HIIT, or
High Intensity Interval Training. What's that, you say?
It's a combination of high energy sports such as sprinting
or exercise bike sprinting. You do a sustained 30 minutes
of biking or running, alternate it with 2-3 minutes of
jogging or slow pedaling. Do this alternately for 20
This type of training, combined with 5-6 small meals a day
every 2.5-3 hours, will effectively burn the calories from
your body. Having a diet rich in protein, complex
carbohydrates, and omega 3 fats, and doing away with less
saturated fats, and you'll be on your way to getting that
perfect washboard abs.