We all know at least one person who has perfect six-pack abs, but does absolutely nothing to get them. We watch them scarf down food, mess around at the gym, and avoid sit-ups. They have seemingly been blessed by the ab gods. “All humans have a beautiful set of washboards abs,” said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise, to Men’s Journal. “It’s just that most men’s six-packs are hidden beneath a layer of fat.”
Things like genetics, gender, and stress can all play a role in weight loss or gain, making it very difficult to offer step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the much-coveted shredded midsection. One thing, however, that can help get you started on the road to abs is seeing past myths and hearsay. It’ll help you come to the realization that it takes hard work and determination to get a perfectly sculpted stomach.
Here we break down five common myths, and dispel ab fact from fiction.
1. Exercising will cancel out a bad diet
False. Eating bad food is in no way going to help your abs, even if you’re working hard at the gym. Great abs are not made in the gym but in the kitchen, meaning it’s time to kick start a clean-eating diet that’s void of junk food. So make sure you opt for healthy, natural food, cut back on sodium intake (which reduces bloat and water retention), and take notice of your portion sizes, because it’s still possible to overindulge with healthy foods.