“The first wealth is health.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
People often look for the ‘right way’ to diet in order to attain many of the benefits that come with losing weight and so on, such as a thinner physique, wash-board abs and so on. Within the realm of possible answers, there are quite a variety of diets and fads that are suggested. Do some of them work?
These diets work by restricting food types that are high in calories. With that said though, dieting without performing physical activity will not get you in optimal shape, nor help to tone muscle or get the abs that you wish you attain.
With summer approaching, many individuals are forging ahead looking for advice on how to get started on their summer look. There really are many options people can choose. What diet is best to get nice cut abs?
Straight forward and simple pragmatic answer: the diet that you stick to.
Now, for a more complex and in-depth answer, let’s take a look at what information to keep in mind. In order to begin losing weight, you have to have a decent body composition. Having a lot of excess weight is quite detrimental to your health, especially if you intending on focusing on slimming down and having washboard abs. This is why a multi-tiered approach that encompasses the best diet for you, optimal lifestyle choices, and the proper exercises that suit you are best.
As far as focusing on abs, any exercise that utilizes and engages your core will aid your progress immensely. Always keep in mind that you should always hit 3 aspects of your core. One aspect of this is doing a contraction, like a crunch. The second aspect would be a rotational move, like a press where you are rotating – whether utilizing bands and so on. Or for instance, a ball in hand and rotation twisting at your torso exercise, that is comparable to the medicine ball twist. Medicine ball twists could be problematic if people have back issues, or are of older age. The third aspect is isometric, which could be a plank, or using another abdominal exercise. It could also be a dead-lift where you are focusing on and engaging your core abdominal structure and so on.
Other movements that will add in strengthening your core are: (1) pressing movements, using one arm or two, (2) performing an isometric core exercise, (3) doing rotational presses, (4) rotational row, or even contemplating to do a (5) landmine press, and many more.
You might be pondering, why are core exercises important?
Simply by cutting down your weight, irrespective of what method you use, will not accomplish what you seek if your core was not strong and in constant use to begin with. That is akin to wanting to employ a knife that has not been sharpened correctly (a core that has not been used) and expecting it to be at its optimal capabilities (having a strong core) when the all the knife (the core) is doing is sitting around, dull, and not being taken care of.
Of course, many people want specific diets. However, if we ruminate upon this practically, the diet that you stick to is the best, because you stick to it and as such, it’ll work. Moreover, what works for someone else, might not work for you, which is why cut and dry advice that serves a one-size-fits-all is highly detrimental if not pondered deeply.
If you get a poor suggestion, and it ends up unfavorable to you, be it mentally or physically, then that is probably something you should avoid. Testing various approaches on what works best for you will be an ironclad approach. Also, keeping a journal on what you ate, and what the effects of the foods are with energy, feel, and so on, is another option. That way you can use hindsight to see where you might have gone wrong.
Please keep in mind, that if you happen to get some health advice, whatever it may be, knowing the whys behind the advice will aid you in the long run into seeing what is good for you, and what isn’t. It’ll help you in finding out what individual is good for you and your health, and who isn’t. If someone is suggesting information to you, they should be able to tell you the whys behind it. That way, not only are you progressing within the area of health, but mentally, you are teaching yourself and broadening your knowledge base when it comes to nutrition and exercise.
People really should avoid, or at least be tentative, about seeking and getting advice from someone who can’t properly tell you the foundational reasons why something is the way it is. That’s one clear way to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Bottom line: begin by researching what works best for you. Put the suggestions and/or research you find through the ropes, and find out what works. Keep what works, discard what doesn’t, and make sure you take some time to understand yourself. Having strong lifestyle choices will help greatly. Avoiding fast foods, drinking enough water, logging what you eat in order to track how you feel and your bodily change, as well as resistance training will all only aid you. Or perhaps, to simplify a bit, remember to remain open-minded, but skeptical. Open-minded enough to consider that something might work for you, but skeptical enough to realize that what works for others, simply might not work for you. This is why doing your own due diligence is a must.
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Podcast & Content By: Hussien Jabai of Jabai Performance
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Article written by Zy Marquiez.
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Owner of Blocked Up