Why Six Packs Elude Most People
Most people are Fat!
Most people don’t have a six pack, and that’s obvious. Every holiday we hold, no matter your religion, typically revolves around food. And when there’s abundant food, there’s usually alcohol, too. It’s no wonder our society is so gluttonous.
But it may be more than just the availability of food. The Italians also celebrate with food, but they’re not known to be a very overweight culture. What could be causing us all to gain weight? And what could be holding you back from your dreams of attaining a six pack?
In the previous post I mentioned that the world is getting increasingly depressed as they get fatter. Some scientists think that putting on weight is one of our body’s defense mechanisms!
Some studies have concluded that children who are sexually abused gain weight as they grow so as to hide their bodies. The fat they put on essentially acts as a buffer between them and the rest of the world.
This may sound like a lot of psychosomatic mumbo jumbo but lots of studies have proven its relevancy. What we think and how we feel affects how our bodies change and develop. By relaxing and telling your body that you really want to achieve this goal, you’ll be more likely to reach it once and for all.
Alcohol – Let’s Demystify the Myth!
And now, a word about alcohol: when I first started on my quest to attain a six pack, I looked everywhere online for advice on whether or not I could still drink and get fit at the same time.
I found people who said absolutely not! Alcohol is horrible for weight loss. These people told me through the many web pages I viewed that your body will need to burn off all the alcohol before it can get to work on your fat stores.
These individuals said that alcohol slows down your metabolism and that it’s a toxin that causes your body to become dehydrated, which is the exact opposite of what you need if you’re looking to lose weight.
So I clicked off of those websites and started reading those sites where people decided that you could drink and still lose. Guess what I found.
The sites that told me I couldn’t drink all came from individuals who were either fitness experts, or had lost a bunch of weight recently.
The sites that told me I could drink were usually on forums where people were still on their ‘fitness journeys’. In other words, the ones who didn’t drink made it, and the ones who did are still struggling with it.
Listen, having a beer or two on the weekends, or a glass of wine, or a glass of alcohol, isn’t going to kill you. It’s not going to sabotage your results. But you cannot binge drink, you cannot drink every day and you can’t fill your glass to the very top and say that it’s one drink. Be serious about your efforts, and you’ll get serious results.
Not only is alcohol burned first before your body reaches for your fat stores, but alcohol numbs your stomach. That’s why drive through restaurants make a killing at two in the morning when the bars and clubs let out. Because all those drunk people are STARVING!
It’s a fact, alcohol will make you hungry. But it’s a fake hunger, and if you drink and eat late at night, those calories aren’t going anywhere but right on your gut, the very place on your body that we’re trying to reduce.
What Have You Tried Before?
Have you tried other programs/pills/potions/gadgets before? If so, you probably feel as though you wasted your money, don’t you? But what if I told you that everything you spent your money on probably worked? What if I told you the problem wasn’t the gadget you bought, the potion you tried or the pills you took in your attempts to get a six pack? What if I told you the problem was you?
Infomercials gizmos and gadget scams!
Infomercials are geniuses at making us pick up the phone or log on with our credit cards gripped in our greedy little hands. They’ll play their fitness commercials at three in the morning. Usually it’s right after you’ve gorged an entire bucket of ice cream or an entire box of cookies.
These programs promise that you’ll get fit in sixty days! Or that you’ll drop twenty pounds in two weeks!
While the products may not work that well, they probably do work. You just didn’t have the follow through or the plan in place that enabled those products to work.
But I’m here to tell you right now that you don’t need anything to get six pack abs. You don’t need a machine, you don’t need drugs, and you certainly don’t need any disgusting drinks. All you need is knowledge and motivation.
So save your money. Don’t buy from the infomercials at two in the morning. Don’t buy from magazines, don’t click on links and buy off the internet and certainly don’t buy any products from your local grocery or super store.
You don’t need them. If you want to take a supplement, take a multi-vitamin, protein and maybe bit of endurance booster to workout. Other than that, you just need to eat real food. That’s the trick to getting a six pack. It’s 85-90% diet.
Secret Diets and Starving to Death!
I know what you’re thinking. The moment you see the word diet you immediately close your mind. The word diet invokes memories of starvation and unpleasantness. It’s not a nice word.
But I don’t mean diets where all you eat is eggs or strawberries or anything like that. I’m talking about real food. That’s it. Eat lean meats, healthy vegetables, good carbohydrates (brown rice, wheat bread, oatmeal, etc.), eat lots of fruit and drink plenty of water.
That’s it. That doesn’t sound hard, does it? The diets where you restrict yourself too much are doomed to failure. And even if you do stick with them, they’re very unhealthy.
Let me tell you a story. When I was eighteen, I worked at a grocery store as a bagger. A woman had some sandbags that she needed carried out to her car for her. So, being the good employee I was, I wheeled that cart carrying two one hundred pound bags of sand across the parking lot to her car and waited as she opened the door. I then put my arms around one of the bags and…nothing. I couldn’t lift it.
See, I was on this diet at the time where I ate half of everything on my plate. Then, when I hit a plateau, I ate half of that. It got to the point that I was basically anorexic. I was so thin I had eaten away all my muscle.
Don’t follow in my footsteps. Believe it or not, you have to eat to lose weight. You just have to eat the right foods at the right times and at the right amounts.
All you need to know in order to lose that gut and finally be able to see your abs is to eat less, exercise more and refrain from drinking alcohol until you’ve at least reached your goal. That’s it. That’s all you need to know.
Most people are looking for that magic pill. That term ‘magic pill’, I hate to use it because it’s used so often. But it perfectly describes what people are looking for in their quests to lose weight.
It’s not easy. In fact, it can be downright hard at times. But you know what? Most people wouldn’t know because they quit prematurely, before the plan their on even has time to produce any action.
That’s because most people have no patience.
Patience and Why Most People Don’t Have Any
It seems the day the microwave was invented, our society lost all meaning for that little virtue we call patience. Don’t believe me? How many things have you pulled out of the microwave before it actually reached zero? How many times have you seen the microwave show the number 3 or even 1 instead of the time? One second? You couldn’t even wait one second for your food or soup to be done?
That behavior right there is how our society now operates. We have become accustomed to getting information right now, when we need it. We can order something online from a completely different country and have it delivered the next day to our doorsteps. We can pick up our cell phones and instantly talk to a relative in another state, check movie times, or even trade stocks.
We live in an instant, microwave society where we want it and we want it now, whatever that it might be. We have no patience, and that right there is the one reason why most people fail to reach their fitness goals.
The Passing of Time
Listen up, because this is going to be the best advice anyone can ever give you when you’re trying to lose fat and gain muscle. Right now you’re trying to strip away the fat around your midsection so that you can finally see the rippling muscle underneath. The problem is that you can’t spot reduce. What that means is you can’t just shed fat from your midsection. You have to do it slowly and it has to come from all over your body, like in sheets.
Therefore, if you know it’s going to take some time, the best advice you will ever hear is to forget what you’re doing. That’s right. You can mark the day you started so that you can have a good reference, but your best bet is to forget you’re even trying to complete something.
Just incorporate good eating habits and some exercises into your normal routine. That’s when you’re going to look up one day and see your abs poking through. If you can forget about it, the days will pass quicker, and the results will appear to come faster.
Generally it takes twice the amount of time for fat to melt away as it took to pack it on. So if you gained twenty pounds in three months, it’s generally going to take you six months to lose those twenty pounds. Of course this isn’t scientific but it can help you prepare your mind for just how long your efforts are likely to take.
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If you can just keep eating right and doing the exercises I’m going to tell you about, you’ll notice your waist shrinking and that six pack poking through before you know it.