6. Fat burners will help me burn fat around my abs. You're better off buying two candy bars instead. Although they can
be effective, fat burners do not target specific areas of the body.
Fat is burned throughout the entire body. Plus, the "best" fat
burner is the food you eat! It's all in the diet!
5. I'll have to go on a strict diet to get good abs. Nope! Through the use of simple diet modifications, anyone can turn
their abs into a chiseled work of art. Use my basic, but highly
effective abdominal dieting techniques: Cut sodium, cut calories,
lower fat, lower sugar, exercise, and drink water. There are still
ways to enjoy what you eat using these modifications. You don't
necessarily have to "diet." You just have to know when you can eat
certain foods. Be creative. It works!
4. If I use weights with abdominal exercises my abs will show up
better. Don't waste your time! Weights provide no additional benefit to your
abs. Abdominals will never bulge like the leg or pectoral muscles
will. Abs "barely" increase in size when you train them. To get your
abs to show up better, you have to sculpt them. The sculpting of the
abs is done through strip-away-fat dieting, not heavier weights!
3. I can eat fattening meals because if I workout, I can burn if
off. You might as well add three more candy bars to the two I mentioned
earlier. Most people don't workout long enough to burn even half of
the calories they ate. The unburned excess will more than likely
become fat. You can combat this problem by working out on an empty
stomach. This allows your body to burn its own fat as fuel, since
carbohydrates aren't readily available.
2. Sit-ups are bad for your back. Not necessarily. How bad can they be? We do them everyday to get out
of bed. Who said you had to touch your elbows to your knees for them
to be effective? Why not come half way up, then back down? This
still allows constant tension on the abs. I say, "If you perform
them correctly, they're perfectly safe." Bottom line: The only
reason I don't recommend them is because they're a waste of form
when you can do crunches and get the same results.
1. If I do hundreds of sit-ups everyday, I'll have ripped abs.
You can do 200 sit-ups a minute and still wouldn't have abs. It's
because exercise doesn't define the abs. It only makes them more
prominent once the fat has been removed from around them. The
kitchen is how you get ripped abs!