Ideal Protein Diet - Flat abs how did you get them? exercise or diet




sonyainva
12-27-2012, 10:19 AM
Was it exercise, diet a combination or genetics?


ragdoll74
12-27-2012, 10:45 AM
I think it all depends on where your body carries fat. Some people carry it all in their hips and have flat abs, others carry it all above the waist or spread evenly all over.

If you get down to a fitness range of body fat, you could probably have flat abs without excercise.

jwdesselle
12-27-2012, 11:18 AM
I gotta get them before I can answer this question. I carry all of my weight in my mid-section/tummy. Even with the great weight loss I've had, I still have a small belly. I need to get to doing some exercises and try to flatten it out.


Starshine
12-27-2012, 11:40 AM
When I was younger and working out/lifting weights like crazy, I had a flat stomach without even doing any ab work. It was genetic for me back then.

But now, my stomach has lots of weight on it still. I'll try to lose as much as I can to get rid of it. And then start with some ab work/weight lifting again.

southern
12-27-2012, 01:05 PM
my stomach was flattest when I lifted heavy and ate clean.

scorbett1103
12-27-2012, 02:02 PM
Diet reduces the layer of fat around your midsection. And for *most* people, the "flat" abs only come when you also do exercises that work your core. That doesn't necessarily mean situps - I had the flattest stomach of my life back when I was cycling three times a week, and walking every morning - and I never did a specific "ab" exercise. This was after having a child. "Core" strength is important for a lot more than just a flat stomach too, a strong core can relieve/avoid back problems and hip alignment issues now and later in life.

IF you've had children, surgery, or any other major strain on your ab muscles, there's always a chance that the muscles tore or were damaged in a way that will never allow a completely flat stomach, I'm pretty sure that is the case with me from my youngest child's birth.

Hgamroth
12-27-2012, 02:08 PM
Diet reduces the layer of fat around your midsection. And for *most* people, the "flat" abs only come when you also do exercises that work your core. That doesn't necessarily mean situps - I had the flattest stomach of my life back when I was cycling three times a week, and walking every morning - and I never did a specific "ab" exercise. This was after having a child. "Core" strength is important for a lot more than just a flat stomach too, a strong core can relieve/avoid back problems and hip alignment issues now and later in life.

IF you've had children, surgery, or any other major strain on your ab muscles, there's always a chance that the muscles tore or were damaged in a way that will never allow a completely flat stomach, I'm pretty sure that is the case with me from my youngest child's birth.

Me too. After 3 c-sections, I haven't a prayer of flat abs. I did however, FEEL sore muscles in that area after sledding and holding onto my littlest. Maybe there is a speck of hope for that area? Maybe? :)

jmuroff1
12-27-2012, 02:14 PM
I would say diet and ab exercises

Nolawhodatchick
12-27-2012, 03:16 PM
Diet reduces the layer of fat around your midsection. And for *most* people, the "flat" abs only come when you also do exercises that work your core. That doesn't necessarily mean situps - I had the flattest stomach of my life back when I was cycling three times a week, and walking every morning - and I never did a specific "ab" exercise. This was after having a child. "Core" strength is important for a lot more than just a flat stomach too, a strong core can relieve/avoid back problems and hip alignment issues now and later in life.

IF you've had children, surgery, or any other major strain on your ab muscles, there's always a chance that the muscles tore or were damaged in a way that will never allow a completely flat stomach, I'm pretty sure that is the case with me from my youngest child's birth.

Ditto what Scorbett said. Truly flat abs require core strength. Which comes from exercise for most of us. The older we get, the more we tend to lose our core strength if we don't exercise. Now, if you have core strength but are also overweight, you will still not have a "flat" stomach. So sure it is both diet and excercise. But I've seen many small, not at all overweight people with little core strength and a "pooching" belly.

Nolawhodatchick
12-27-2012, 03:17 PM
I would say diet and ab exercises

IMO, In addition to straight "ab" exercises, squats are one of the best ways to flatten your abs...they are incredible for building your core.

Starshine
12-27-2012, 03:56 PM
IMO, In addition to straight "ab" exercises, squats are one of the best ways to flatten your abs...they are incredible for building your core.

Oh, I used to ADORE squats. :) That's what probably helped me with my abs back when I was weight lifting heavy.

Nolawhodatchick
12-27-2012, 04:05 PM
Oh, I used to ADORE squats. :) That's what probably helped me with my abs back when I was weight lifting heavy.

LOL, can't say I adored the SQUATS, but I sure adored the RESULTS! I used to lift heavy, my workout partner for a few years was a professional waterskier. I can't wait to start lifting again! Soon, soon...weight loss first!

Starshine
12-27-2012, 04:12 PM
LOL, can't say I adored the SQUATS, but I sure adored the RESULTS! I used to lift heavy, my workout partner for a few years was a professional waterskier. I can't wait to start lifting again! Soon, soon...weight loss first!

I love the feeling of being strong that the squats gave me (and love the way it made me look too :)). Loved deadlifts too for the stretch. Leg work and shoulder work were my favs (hated ab work).

I'm waiting until I'm closer to goal before I start lifting again (or when I'm at goal). I'm sure I'm going to lower my goal by at least 10 pounds, but for now, I don't want to see that I have to lose 20 + more pounds again. :) All psychological.

jwdesselle
12-27-2012, 04:23 PM
I wonder if laying on the floor in a 'Plank' pose, watching TV would be considered a good core workout? ;)

Nolawhodatchick
12-27-2012, 04:30 PM
I wonder if laying on the floor in a 'Plank' pose, watching TV would be considered a good core workout? ;)

Yoga plank pose, yes! Laying "like a plank", not so much! :rofl:

sonyainva
12-28-2012, 03:32 AM
I gotta get them before I can answer this question. I carry all of my weight in my mid-section/tummy. Even with the great weight loss I've had, I still have a small belly. I need to get to doing some exercises and try to flatten it out.

That's my body, most of my remaining pounds are in the tummy area. Doing six week six pack by Jillian michaels.

Holly - I have had a csection and then a v back from twins. I have seen women with flat abs on myfitnesspal so we surely have hope.

I have started lifting as well. Working on abs everyday, triceps every other day and doing a body for life run for 20 minutes every other day.

How exactly does one do squats?

Momto2cs
12-28-2012, 12:27 PM
I think a mix of genetics and diet, although I do exercise a lot.
Even after 2 c sections my abs are flat and strong.

sonyainva
12-28-2012, 06:14 PM
I think a mix of genetics and diet, although I do exercise a lot.
Even after 2 c sections my abs are flat and strong.

Encouraging.

Looked up squats, glad to hear they help with abs, I have lost a bunch of weight from my back side, I think squats will help with abs and a more rounded rear.

Thank you all.

Starshine
12-28-2012, 06:45 PM
Encouraging.

Looked up squats, glad to hear they help with abs, I have lost a bunch of weight from my back side, I think squats will help with abs and a more rounded rear.

Thank you all.

The rounded rear. That's exactly why I want to get back into squats. It really does nice things to legs too. :)

JohnP
12-29-2012, 12:54 AM
I think it all depends on where your body carries fat. Some people carry it all in their hips and have flat abs, others carry it all above the waist or spread evenly all over.

If you get down to a fitness range of body fat, you could probably have flat abs without excercise.

Exactly correct. Consider a Sumo wrestler or NFL lineman. They have stronger core muscles than 99.99% of the human population but they don't have "flat abs" because they have too much fat.

Then consider a young woman who is very thin and never exercised beyond walking. She could have "flat abs" because she is thin.

Genetics determine where you cary your fat and no amount of planks is going to change that. Most men carry their fat around their bellys, most women their hips and thighs. Obviously there are many variations.