Some of you may have heard the saying “Abs are made in the kitchen” and it’s one that has cropped up with me a lot of late.
It’s actually a bodybuilding adage. Similar to that of a cliché and basically contains truth in it.
In simple terms what it actually means is that there is no point busting your gut doing 100s of sit ups when your diet is bad.
I’ve seen people at my gym coming for years who religiously attend classes and yet they look the same as they did last year.
Unfortunately it’s because people think they can exercise out their bad diet.
But the fact of the matter is that roughly (experts differ in the exact percentage give or take a couple of figures) 80% of your body composition is down to your diet and 20% exercise..
So get your diet right, you’re wellway over half way there! (take note those of you who hate exercising 🙂 )
Also we’ve all got a six-pack. It’s just hidden under the layers of fat.
No amount of crunches is going to melt that fat away unless we take a look into our fridges.
I know it doesn’t help when we hear of celebrities banging on about the latest abdominal machine they are using or a new ab exercise they are doing which has attributed to their ripped abs.
The fact is that they will have done those exercises together with eating a sensible diet.
Now, I’m not dismissing the huge benefits of abdominal exercises here. They all have a place in creating the body you want.
I just want you to consider the importance of food the next time you beg your instructor to spend an extra five minutes on ab work or contemplate on buying some fad ab machine .
Press pause and remember that great abs really are made in the kitchen!