Confession: That's me in the picture above and my trouble spot is my abs. I say that with some hesitation and trepidation because I know that I'm a far cry from where I was 100+ pounds ago and that some will say I'm being ridiculous and nit picky. But in the end, this is my body and I get to decide what I want it to look like and what I want it to be able to do. While I am pleased with how my overall level of fitness has improved over the years, I can't say the same for my abs. I don't necessarily want a 6 pack but that pouch -- the layer of fat that sticks out a bit - not happy with it! Do you wish your abs were flatter too?
Well, as I have called out at the bottom of my pic, abs are 70% diet and 30% exercise. I believe that wholeheartedly and thus my greatest area of opportunity is and has always been my diet.
If you've followed me for a while, you know I don't believe in forbidden foods -- that hasn't changed. I do know, however, that my diet hasn't been as "on point" as it should be given my body composition (fat vs. muscle) goals. Don't miss that --- how stringent you are really depends on YOUR goals. I believe everyone should aspire to be healthy but healthy can and does come in many shapes and sizes. Most experts agree that up to 25% body fat is acceptable for men and up to 30% for women, but as you can see in the graphic below, there's a lot of room to play with there!
Ok, so back to my rant. I want flatter abs and you do too, so how do we get them?
Join me for Part 2.
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