Times have really changed. Before, men are the only ones who would want to have a muscular body. So what they do, they go through rigorous training and exercise just to achieve six-pack abs. But now, women are also into the same thing because many of them believe that having a muscular body can be a gauge of their sexiness.

Studies show that more and more women are into getting six-pack abs because they are so conscious about their appearance. Since having six-pack abs indicate that one is slim, many of them are into losing weight. For those who are thinking of ways on how to get six-pack abs, losing weight can be an effective key but they must familiarize themselves with various means of weight loss before trying one.

Weight loss as an effective key to six-pack abs

Indeed, one of the most effective means of getting six-pack abs is to lose weight. And for most women, the easiest means of losing weight is through a weight loss program, which can either be followed by attending a class or can be used a guide especially on online classes. While it’s true that many people can attest to the effectivity of various weight loss programs, please bear in min that not all programs will lead to desirable results. To ensure that if the weight loss program will help you get six-pack abs, make sure you’re your conduct research on the available programs very well.

Nowadays, there are so many programs for losing weight. But, fitness experts categorize these into two—the clinical and the non-clinical. Clinical refers to the services provided in a health-care setting such as clinic or hospital and administered by licensed health care professionals like doctors, nurses, dietitians, and psychologists who suggest scientifically-proven weight loss care and treatment. Here, services such as physical activities, nutrition education, behavior change therapies, and surgeries are included to ensure that the program will help the student achieve a desirable body.

Non-clinical, on the other hand, pertains to commercially-operated weight loss procedures that privately owned such as in weight loss chain. This type usually requires people to join others in a support group, a worksite program, or community-based projects and may require patients to use the various foods or supplements offered by the program. The patients can follow a non-clinical program on their own with the help of a counselor, a guidebook, a website, or even the use of weight-loss products.

The type of weight loss program to get six-pack abs will depend on your schedule and your need. But experts warn that no matter which type of program you choose, make sure that you engage in any activity or diet provided by the program to ensure results. It is also advisable to visit a registered or licensed physician first before using any weight loss product offered by the program like food supplements, herbs, or over-the-counter medications and rigid sets of exercises.

Adhering to weight loss diets can also be an effective means of losing weight and achieving six pack abs. More and more people agre that weight loss diets can promote simple processes of burning calories such as the “Atkins Nutritional Approach” allowing the person to eat satisfying amounts of delicious and nutrient foods while customizing the program to specific individual needs, tastes and preferences; the “Bill Phillips’ Eating For Life,” based on four primary ingredients such as food, amount, combos, and times; “the Blood Type Diet” aiming to lose weight by matching the body’s biological profile through blood type, and the “NutriSystem” that manages diet through prepackaged foods that are ideal for people who want to achieve six-pack abs despite their busy schedules.

Washboard, killer, six pack abs. Good looking guys and women with excellent midsection are admired and make other people’s jaw drop. If we can just do a hundred sit-ups a day, then it’s possible to get the perfect abs that we want.

Myth alert!

It seems like not all the things that we heard from “experts” or overheard in the public areas are true. Maybe the reason why we’re not getting those perfect abs are because we aren’t doing it right. Then that would be such a terrible waste of our time. So we need to know the myths and what is real to get the chiseled abs we want.

Six Pack Myth 1: Abdominal muscle is different from regular muscle.

Muscle is muscle. Abdominal muscle is the same as our biceps and lats. The only difference is the location. Abdominal muscles are not resting on a bony surface, instead it is against the stomach and intestines. There is no significant difference whatsoever.

Six Pack Myth 2: Strong abs means a strong back.

The key to a strong back is balanced abdominal muscles. You can work your abs, but no more and no less than you work your other muscles throughout the day. There is heavy emphasis on working your abs, this heavy emphasis is often misunderstood to be the contributor of good health. Infomercials give the false belief that by working out just one part of your body will give your health great benefits.

Working out and exercise should not just be concerned with one part of the body. What you need is overall body fitness to be healthy.

Six Pack Myth 3: You have to train your abs at least every other day.

They say that you need to train your abs hard enough twice a week, that is to give them time for recovery. The key is to choose exercises that fatigue your abs, so that they actually need recovery time. Include exercises that use the abs functionality. Since abs are used to stabilize the body, by holding a push up position without letting your body sag, you will really feel and develop your abdominal muscles.

Six Pack Myth 4: To gain results, high repetitions are required.

The key to abdominal gains is the overload. If you aim for abdominal endurance, the more crunches you do each time, the more you can do later on. It does not strengthen the abs very much and it also eats up most of your time.

Six Pack Myth 5: Hard rock abs can be attained by doing a lot of sit-ups.

Many doctors say that sit-ups and crunches are the worst exercises and perhaps should never be done. A common mistake done during crunches, is throwing the neck out. When doing crunches and sit-ups many people pull on the back of thier head.  This excessive pulling can put stress on the neck. The overuse of crunch type exercises may even lead to the reduction of thoracic extension and contributes to bad posture.

Six Pack Myth 6: It takes years to get great abs.

Everyone has abdominal muscles, you just need to train them in the correct order and reduce the fat surrounding them enough that you can see them. For some, it could take a few weeks. For other it may be longer. Different body type develop at different rates and it depends on you starting point.

Before you can answer that question, you need to know some things about the program.

Beachbody the makers of P90X have again come out with a new program that will give you insane results. What is it? It is INSANITY by Shaun T.  This in a sense is like P90X on steroids. Beachbody is well known for having the best of the best when it comes to trainers. Shaun T. has out done himself with this one. INSANITY is a 60-day total body workout using plyometric, nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, abs, and core training with the first half being easier then the second half. Shaun took interval training and turned it upside down.

Shaun has you performing long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises followed by short periods of rest. The reverse is true with regular interval training. Using this method is proving to be extremely effective and popular.

You want a heart racing chest-pounding workout then you got it with INSANITY.  It will have you sweating like never before and the results, well the results are insane.  INSANITY is possibly the most challenging cardio program that you will endure and put yourself through.

This body weight program has you alternating between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max. Because of its intensity, a heart rate monitor will be needed. The heart rate monitor will let you know how many calories you burn but more importantly if you are in your target heart rate. Burning up to 1,000 calories in an hour is not unheard off.

Along with the DVD’s you will also get their Elite Nutrition Plan, Fitness Guide, and the INSANITY Calendar.

Workout times range from 40 minutes to 80 minutes for the Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery workout. Once a week Shaun goes easy on you allowing you to recuperate and be ready for the next workout.

Because INSANITY is an extreme and physically demanding workout this is NOT for beginners or individuals with any medical conditions but if you are already in some shape, INSANITY will get you in the best shape of your life.

So is INSANITY right for you? If you’re already in good shape and want to push it to the next level and are willing to bust your butt, this is the program for you.

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