You work out. You eat clean. Yet, you don’t have that glorious six pack. What gives?
There are many reasons why you may not see the results you’re looking for. And… it’s probably your own fault. I hate to say it, but it’s true. I’ve learned this through my own fitness journey, so I can speak to the truth that is in these statements. I’ll explain further as we go through the different reasons why you don’t have abs, so keep an open mind, be willing to eat some humble pie, and be more willing to make the changes you need to if you really want to see that six pack.
Your workouts aren’t as intense as they could be
I’d like the record to show that I do not think you need to go CRAZY INTENSE FEEL LIKE I’M GOING TO DIE every single day. But, if you want to change your body composition, you have to follow the method of progressive overload. This means that you are continually increasing the challenge on your body to prevent a plateau. If your workouts are always getting harder, your body will continue to change. This can be as simple as increasing the weight when you are doing strength training, running a little bit faster on that mile, or doing a few more reps before time runs out. The minute your workouts start to seem easy is the minute you know you’re not going to make progress. Constantly challenge yourself.
You’re not accurately gauging how much you eat
They say that exercise is 20% of the battle, and nutrition accounts for 80% of your weight loss. Truthfully, it’s probably even more than that. Nutrition is going to be the key component in unveiling those abs, and evaluating your eating habits is a must if that is your ultimate goal. In general, people can underestimate how much they eat by up to 40%. So when you think you’re only eating 1600 calories a day, you might be eating up to 2300 calories.
You aren’t as strict with your eating
Getting a six pack requires some intense dedication. If your goal is to uncover those rock-hard abdominals, you have to be extremely vigilant about your food. If you’re like me and you think, “well, this little bit of cream in my coffee ain’t a big deal,” or “one cookie never killed anybody,” this is why we don’t have abs. To achieve a six-pack, you have to be aware of every single thing that passes your lips, and decide whether or not it will help you reach your goal.
You don’t really want it that bad
Whoa. Truth bomb. While having six-pack abs is often considered the ultimate goal, do you want it bad enough to make the sacrifices necessary to get them? Even if it means skipping out on happy hour with your friends, even if it means bringing a Tupperware of fish and asparagus to that wedding your already RSVP’ed to? If having abs is at the absolute top of your list, you’ll do what needs to be done. But, if you value memories over macros, maybe having abs isn’t something you really truly want right now. And that is a-okay. Maybe in the future you’ll really want to develop the self control necessary to get the abs of your dreams, but if you’re content with your life the way it is, don’t feel the need to go overboard to achieve an aesthetic goal simply because you think you have to.
It all comes down to whether or not you are truly happy with your body. If you aren’t, you know what you have to do to change it. We even have a clean-eating plan you can follow! But if you are content, enjoy where you are. If your body is at its “happy weight,” that’s where it’s meant to be! Even if that means you don’t have abs. You is fine, just as you is.