For many years six pack abs have been a major symbol of the fitness industry. The human society has been convinced that having perfectly ripped abs reveals physical excellence and loads of sex appeal. There are two main reasons why ripped abs look so fascinating to the general public. First, visible abdominal muscles represent a much better sight than a fat gut. Second, most people have fat guts. Those facts raise the share value of six pack owners higher than normal.
I must have been 13 years old when the images of shredded six pack abs started attacking my subconscious mind. At that age, many local boys were into breakdancing or bboying if you want to be more precise. I had a semi-friend with whom I started wiping the floors at school during the breaks in order to learn new moves. Honestly, we didn’t really know what we were doing. We didn’t even have the Internet at the time. All we had were clips such as SuperFly by Music instructor. What I knew with certainty, however, is that most bboys have ripped abs. Many years later I searched for things like “breakdancing abs” on the Internet. I was really that delusional and brainwashed. I was almost naive enough to believe that the belts allegedly melting fat were legit.
So, what is the “secret”? How do you get abs?
There is no secret. You just have to lose fat. There isn’t another way to make your abs visible. The catch is that the guys serving as poster boys for the ultimate six pack abs are not only lean but also big. They have 17-inch arms coupled with shredded abs. I have never seen a true natural with ultra-shredded abs and 17-inch arms. I am not saying that this is impossible to achieve. I know that there are some crazy freaks out there with bones as thick as a small tree, but as far as the average humanoids are concerned…good luck.
I know that many people reading this will be offended because they have 19-inch arms coupled with defined lower abs with veins on them, but boys, you are either lying or not natural.
The irony gets meaner when you realize that true naturals will have to dig really deep to see their abs. “Hello, extremely low bodyweights. How are you doing? I haven’t seen you since 10th grade.”
Individuals convinced that you shouldn’t weigh less than 200 pounds unless you are 5’5” may see this info as a devastating shock. I am sorry…almost. Good luck seeing your abs when you are heavy, delusional and natural. It’s not going to happen.
The average male waist is 30-32 inches in a lean condition. To remove an inch, you need to lose about 5lbs of pure fat. If you weigh 230lbs/104kg and have a 45-inch waist, you may need to lose 13 inches to see some abs. You may have to cut 65lbs/29kg to get to a 32-inch/81cm waist which by the way is still not as lean as the condition presented by fitness models whose waists are often sub 30 inches. Your final weight would be 230lbs – 65 lbs = 165 lbs/75 kg. I know this is neither Rippetoe nor Bodybuilding.com nor T-Nation.com nor YouTube.com approved, but that’s how things work in reality.
The heaviest punch comes from the lower abs. Those boys simply love their fat. There are people who weigh less than a bike and still have some fat on the lower abs. I can tell you that many teens cry themselves to sleep after pinching that area.
There are three reasons why the lower abs are so stubborn.
1.This is the first place of the midsection that gains fat.
2.The lower ab muscles are usually underdeveloped. This makes them even harder to show.
3.There are hormonal problems causing the accumulation of stubborn fat in the area.
My journey to a 4-pack was a frustrating adventure. The first thing I noticed is that people start to wonder why you are losing so much weight. “You sick, bro?”
When I was intermittent fasting people thought that I was anorexic because I wasn’t eating throughout the day. The caloric deficit was insane, and my body had no choice but to lose weight. I finally saw my abs after years of separation, but honestly, I looked terrible – flat, emaciated and fragile. People were not looking at me the way they look at the guys in the magazines. I understand why.
This period also confirmed another observation – people support you only when there are results. If what I was doing was transforming me into guys like Jeff Seid, my family would have been more supportive. Instead, they got to see a delusional person starving to death. If there are no results that can gain attention, forget about support.
Finally, we arrive at the biggest obstacle stopping people from having lean abs – the carb environment. Carbs are cheap and everywhere. Sometimes when I walk around I can hear them calling me. “I know you want us. Buy us.”
Carbs are sweet and taste great. However, they also come with one main downside – it’s easy to overeat. When my last cutting phase ended, I decided to have an overload day. I bought a huge pack of coffee waffles. Initially, I was thinking about eating only a few but ate the whole pack before I got home from the store.
Another side effect of carbs is that they cause an insulin spike. Many believe that extra insulin makes it extra hard to lose fat. I know that the vegan nuts eating 450 bananas a day will probably call me an idiot for saying that, but I really don’t care.
At the end of the day, however, I have to admit that what counts the most is the total number of calories. I’ve seen garbage men with visible biceps heads. Those guys don’t follow a special diet and yet they are ripped as a result of their active lifestyle and low caloric intake.