Why women should not see their six pack abs
Seeing all the cover photos of the magazine and now so many photos on Instagram it is very tempting for women to want to see their six pack abs and know all the tricks and tips on how they can achieve this goal. But is it healthy?
Women’s body is very different from men’s. Women need fat to survive. It is not recommended to have very low body fat for women. It is recommended not to go lower than 20%. And six packs are only shown when you drop your body fat percentage. You don’t need to do so many crunches, or spend all your day in the gym doing ab works every day to see your abs. All you need to do is to bring your body fat percentage down. And how you can do that? Through strict diet and cardio exercises. But as a woman you should keep in mind that bringing your body fat too low is not healthy for you. Basically you need to decide if you want to stay healthy with full energy and sharp mind to be able to do your everyday tasks with100% focus and outcome or if you want to have six packs to get complements.
There is an article by Amie Tollefsrud (trainer) that explains her experience of having six pack abs and the truth behind what others think is strong and healthy versus when adopting a true healthy lifestyle.
In her article she explains how she achieved her goal of six pack and received many complements and everyone wanted to know her secret. If you want to know the secret here is her secret: running 6 miles every day and eating less than 1000 calories.
She says: “Having a six-pack is not necessarily a sign of health. Having a six-pack is not necessarily a sign of strength. Having a six-pack is not necessarily a sign of happiness, joy, ambition, or anything else besides having a low body-fat percentage and/or the genetics for it.”
She changes her diet and although her abs are less visible now but she explains how she gained back her energy, health, and core strength: “my core strength has increased significantly and I generally have good energy, sleep well, and don’t get “hangry” anymore. I also know that I am infinitely healthier, despite the fact that random people don’t comment on my abs or ask me for my fitness routine.”
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