Common Problems People Have
The problems begin the minute you go back to old eating habits. Going back to old eating habits results in a rebound effect. This rebound happens every time you diet, then go off of the diet.
Each time you rebound, you gain more and more. The only way to permanently maintain quality abdominal muscles is to get serious and actually change your lifestyle. Motivate yourself! Diets don't work... lifestyle changes are what work.
There are no quick fixes. You can get a skin fold or liposuction, but they also are only temporary fixes. The fat will replenish itself eventually. Even then, you still have to change the way you live, as far as eating and maintaining good health are concerned.
You don't really have to eat healthy or make special arrangements to wake up at 4:00am to train... and don't waste time counting meal calories, or using a crazy point system. That's no way to live. You don't have to make drastic lifestyle changes. It can be something as simple as switching from soda to juice. It's easy!
Remember: The true secret to obtaining great abs is mainly in the diet coupled with a solid training program. You can have the best abs in the world, but if fat covers the underlying abdominal muscles, they'll never have visibility.
Ab Training Myths
Here Is A Question Sent In By A Viewer:
I understand that diet is the most important aspect of ab development. I also would like to know your opinion of ab machines in general we get from the TV ads.
I would like to hear your opinion. I know these products are all grossly overpriced. I have had some problems with my back, which has caused me to give up squatting and make some ab exercises uncomfortable. Do you think any of these machines will help some merit for someone in my circumstance?
Answer: To answer your question, the answer is yes and no; but I'm definitely leaning more toward the no. Here's why any of these products including the Ab-doer, Ab Dominator, Ab Swing, Ab Roller Plus, Toros Track, Toros Tiger, Smart Abs and I could go on and on...
Typically, any machine that involves gripping handles out to the side, in front for support aren't good because once you begin to get tired, your body will naturally have a tendency to use the arms to force the abdominal motion, taking the abs out of the picture almost completely and asking your back to do more work setting you up for injury.
I've tested similar gym equipment, which use handles in almost the same position as these machines. It shouldn't differ that much. Even though you're sitting upright as with the AB-DOer or lying prone as with the torso track. Each tend to focus on a specific area to the detriment of full range of motion.
If you are going to get the latest product, get the Ab Swing. You are only moving your body in one direction or plane of motion. As you increase strength in that area you will then create an overload syndrome and set your self up for muscle imbalances that may cause injury.
Another example is the AB-DOer if you were to turn this product clockwise, you would clearly be able to see this. I understand the AB-DOer uses a circular rotating motion, but 50 percent of that exercise doesn't even incorporate abdominal muscles. The other 50 percent uses the lower back muscles.
Now, a product like this may feel better on your back (regarding my yes answer), but I doubt it. Here's a self-test you can try: Sit in a chair with your back pressed against the chair's back. Pretend to have your arms out to the side, just as the AB-DOer displays. Now contract and crunch your abs. You probably felt a slight lower back strain because the body is naturally designed to slouch down when you try to crunch the abs from an upright position.
This lower back strain can actually feel more acute if you add the resistance of the AB- DOer. There's one exception to the rule: Sometimes, gym abdominal equipment will have the same range of motion as the AB-DOer, using weights, but no hand grips. The difference is the fact that you're pushing a padded weight forward with your chest.
This range of motion naturally keeps your back straight mainly because you must push the weight forward. You can do a test to see what I mean by finding an adjustable chair, lowering it so that a desk edge is at chest level,and pressing against it. Your upper body is "forced" to stay straight in order to push the weight forward. It won't allow you to slouch down, as the AB-DOer will.