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Six Pack Abs Secrets: How to Burn Abdominal Fat

Jun 18, 2008
In order to get six pack abs, you have to burn off your abdominal fat -- it really all comes down to this simple fact. Yet many abs training tapes and devices concentrate on toning your abdominal muscles rather than burning off the layer of fat covering them.

The truth is, you can work out your abs as much as you want, but until you get rid of that fat, your six pack will remain hidden.

So how do you get rid of abdominal fat? Is there a way to target that fat and burn it off quickly?

Unfortunately, despite many claims to the contrary, there is no known way short of liposuction to spot target abdominal fat.

In fact, you are genetically predisposed to gain and lose fat in certain areas and in a specific order. Generally, you will burn fat in the reverse order in which you gain it -- in other words, if your abs are the first area to gain fat, they will generally be the last area in which you will be able to burn it off.

But despite the near-impossibility of spot targeting abdominal fat, you can burn it off and get sick pack abs by being persistent and combining specific training methods with dietary changes.

What type of training is best to burn off stomach fat? The answer might surprise you, for it isn't long hours of running, jogging, or even swimming. Instead, the best exercise to start burning fat isn't necessarily aerobic exercise at all.

While it can be helpful to incorporate aerobic exercise into your routine, especially some form of mixed intensity running or elliptical training, an even better way to jump start your body's fat burning engine is to start on a resistance training program. In other words, you've got to hit the weights.

I've found that the most effective and least time-consuming form of resistance training is slow lifting. Doing fewer reps and sets at a much slower pace can yield as much as 50% faster muscle growth, and this muscle growth can lead to increased fat burning.

So to burn off that stomach flab and reveal your six pack abs quickly, consider starting a slow lifting program combined with appropriate dietary measures, including carb restriction and increased consumption of quality protein. This combination of weight training and a reduced carb diet can yield very impressive results and can get you that six pack at long last.
About the Author
Scott Russell is a writer and an editor of Ripped Abs, where you can find out about low fat diet myths and learn how to get great abs .
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