This post will be about how to get abs for women and girls; it’s a part of the slim, feminine and sexy physique. The approach I recommend is different from the conventional way of getting abs.
Most of the conventional advice on building better abs is for men who want ‘deep’ abs. IF this is what you want, check out the Shrink Wrap Effect. It is an advanced strategy that creates the look of having your skin is ‘shrink wrapped’ around your abs for crazy definition.
Most girls don’t want this, they want a sexy and flat stomach showing some ab definition, nothing extreme. If this what you’re after as well, read on.
I will talk about losing fat and increasing ab definition. Another thing I will talk about is how to avoid getting the ‘bloated look’ from doing too much ab work.
Did you know that doing too many ab exercises can potentially lead to a ‘bloated look’?
Working out the abs incorrectly can cause the layers of abdominal muscle to grow thicker. From the outside of the shirt, it will make you look ‘bloated’ or give the look of having a bigger stomach.
You actually don’t have to do a lot of work to build ab muscles. But in order to be able to see your abs, it is absolutely crucial that you have a low body fat percentage.
I recommend that you burn away the body fat first and then use certain ab exercises as finishing touches. In the next sections, I will talk about my favourite ways to burn fat and some of the most effective exercises to build abs.
How to Burn Fat to Increase Ab Definition
I believe the most important factor to fat loss is sustainability. To lose weight, you need to make some sort of lifestyle change; whether it’s adding more exercise and/or changing the way you eat. If the changes to your lifestyle are impossible to sustain, then you will lose the results when you go back to your old habits.
When it comes to dietary changes, I love using intermittent fasting to lose body fat. Instead of limiting your daily calorie intake, focus on creating a weekly calorie deficit. Here is what I mean:
When you’re counting calories on a daily basis, you need to worry about how much you eat every meal. The meals are smaller and less satisfying. I like to eat until I’m full.
Instead, I use intermittent fasting. I will fast once to twice a week for 24 hours and eat regularly on the other days. This lowers my weekly calorie intake by 10-20%. There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting and I find that it’s easy to maintain.
When intermittent fasting is performed correctly, your metabolism will speed up to burn even more fat. Check out my post on intermittent fasting to learn more about it.
High Intensity Interval Training is the best exercise approach to building fat. It takes a fraction of the time of regular cardio and it burns more fat. I describe this in detail in my HIIT Workout: The Best Cardio For Weight Loss post.
Now, let’s talk about ab exercises. Hanging leg raises are one of the most effective exercises to build visible abs, start with this exercise. The plank is a great exercise to finish your workout. You don’t need many exercises, just the effective ones. Quality over quantity.
Exercises to Get Abs For Girls
Hanging Leg Raises
This is one of the best exercises to get abs because it creates the greatest range of motion. Sit ups and crunches are limited in range of motion compared to this exercise. Leg raises are also a bit better for your back.
One thing I love about planks is that it helps you ‘even out’ your abs. If your upper abs are better developed, it will help you even it out and develop your lower abs. The same applies vice versa.
A Critical Factor To Getting Abs
Most guides on how to get abs don’t talk about this critical factor. Your entire body needs to be lean in order for the abs to show through. No one has fat arms/legs with great abs. As you lose body fat, you will notice that the fat will burn away from different body parts in a certain order.
At first, you might notice that your forearms are getting leaner, then your face, arms, and etc…Then you’ll notice that the top 2 ab muscles are starting to show through.
Unfortunately, fat around the stomach and thigh areas are the last to go. Any program that claims to be able to ‘spot reduce’ and help you lose the belly fat first is lying. It is impossible.
Biologically, there are more ‘A2’ receptors in the stomach and thigh area. The places with high ‘A2’ receptors are the first places to gain fat and the last place to lose the fat. But don’t worry, if you can stick with it, you will lose the body fat to reveal your sexy and flat stomach.
Just remember, exercises that target the abs should be done at the end as ‘finishing touches’; once most of the body fat has been burned away. If you have stomach fat and do a lot of ab exercises, the ab muscles will get bigger and your stomach will look bigger. This also results in a bloated look.
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