How Much Fat is Covering Your Abs? (The Answer is SHOCKING!)Aug 22, 2018
Abs are very likely to be the most common place to start building muscle for beginners.
However, is it worth the maintenance?
If you’re anything like the average American, you’re looking down and trying to figure out how long it will take you to get those cover model abs you’ve been working for.
There are many different ways to get your abs to show through however the most common place and healthy way is to maintain muscle growth and keep a low percentage of fat intake. It is a hard balance however since naturally the leaner you are able to get, the more muscle mass you will lose. A body builder or fitness model may lose 20 and 43 percent of muscle from the total weight that they’ve dropped. The ideal amount of muscle mass to lose is about 20%. This is considered both healthy and progressive because you were able to hold onto a lot of muscle at a reasonable pace.
We know America is pretty unhealthy and pretty fat.
Our food is also very tasty.
The average American male and female has about 28% body fat.
A ‘normal’ weight for a male is about 22-25 percent body fat on average.
Women are at around 25-31% (baby weight and such).
Even someone who goes to the gym all of the time probably cannot see their abs all of the time. The average gym addict in America has around 12-16% body fat. You would have to get to an incredibly low body fat percentage for your abs and muscle definition to be visible all of the time.
So how in the world do people do it?
It takes a lot of time, effort, and restriction to maintain the balance of low body fat and muscle.
If you are a meat and cheese eater, you will have to restrict your diet to just 9-12 calories per pound of body weight while training muscle four to six days a week and doing cardio four to seven days a week.
Vegans and vegetarians would need to supplement proteins (or eat an exorbitant amount of greens and quinoa) and consume an irrational amount of carbs in one sitting while keeping a relatively low fat intake.
No guac for you.
When it comes to maintaining abs you will either be hungry or overworked or both.
It would take about 6 months for the average male to see a change in their abdominal definition.
Is it even healthy?
On average, keeping your fat this low can lead to many different problems across the board. The most common being emotional stress and a loss in sexual libido. It also can heighten lethargy and make social/mental disorders worse. Some people become obsessive of their goals and take large health risks that just are not worth it.
Not to mention most people achieve this goal and finally decide to listen to their bodies by binge eating and taking in way too many calories and fat at once. This can also lead to all kinds of horrible side effects including hearty problems and excessive weight gain.
Some people have the ability to maintain a very low body fat without these side effects however more often than not it is not a healthy practice. Everyone’s body is different.
It’s okay to just be good enough!
It’s better for you both physically and mentally.
The average fit person does not have to be shredded in order to be healthy.
You’re much better off being the person who eats a normal diet and keeps his fat at 14%. His or her abs may not be that defined but this is a good thing since he did not have to sacrifice muscle mass and his mental health. Think about the flexibility that this person has too! If they want to drop their body fat for a wedding or for an island vacation they have the ability to train a little harder at the gym and get the results they want quickly and maintain the look for a week or so.
Unless you are a stripper part time I really see no need for the perfect 6 pack abs.
It is more reasonable to set a goal that is healthy and sexy enough to reel in the hot dates! Go for the weight that makes you feel and look your best.
If that is the super shredded look, go for it. Just be aware of the side effects that come along with the look.
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