How To Get Six Pack Abs

October 11, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since my last update and I’m pleased to say I’m finally back on track. In the months leading up to my summer holiday I was losing weight at a very steady rate but that all got blown out of the water with the excess of eating and drinking on holiday.

I only put on a few pounds but what I wasn’t prepared for was the fact that the summer holidays are six weeks long, so even though I was back from my vacation, I found it very difficult to get back into a routine of regular healthy eating and exercise. We had a lot of visitors over the summer with the inevitable big meals, drinking, eating out, day trips with the kids with more eating out. Then we went visiting friends and relatives which mean’t I wasn’t able to get much exercise and the net result of all of that was that my weight drifted sideways to upwards, on average, since the beginning of August really until the schools started back again. At one point I had put on another 2.5 kgs (5.5lbs) which is quite a lot:

What was basically happening was that I was not paying much attention to my diet and hardly exercising at all. Because I’m now at a healthy weight this didn’t concern me too much and whenever I saw my weight going up, I would watch what I was eating for the next day or so and it would go down again. And this mean’t I was bouncing around between 70Kg and 72.8kg for about two months.

But now the schools are back, everyone has knuckled down to work again, and I’ve started on Phase Two of my mission to get rid of my gut.

Phase Two is basically this…. Six Pack Abs.

So my gut is more or less gone, but there still a bit of flab hanging around, and so I thought I would take this opportunity to get rid of all the fat on my belly and end up with a six pack.

Bearing in mind I’m nearly 44 years old and I’ve had a beer gut for two decades, this would really be something and I reckon it’s something I could get before the year is out.

So I’ve moved the goal posts again.

To get a six pack you need to bring your body fat percentage to below 10%. Everyone has a six pack, the problem is it’s usually covered in a layer of fat. So my plan is to lose another five pounds or so but without losing muscle mass.

To do this I’m going to have to make sure I’m eating a good portion of protein at least 6 times a day with my meals, doing resistance exercises with weights five or six times a week, and a bit of cardio too.

This may sound like a lot but since I’ve already formed the habits of healthy eating and exercise over the last nine months it doesn’t seem like it to me. I don’t feel like I’m having to really work hard to do this.

So in the next update we can see how I’ve been getting on!

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