Put me out of my mis­ery: some guys just can’t have six­pack abs, right?

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Ask MH -

– MICHAEL

Are you look­ing for re­as­sur­ance or a so­lu­tion, Michael? A vis­i­ble six-pack re­quires two things: less fat and more mus­cle. But ge­net­ics play a role too. “Two guys with the same body fat and fit­ness pro­gramme rarely look ex­actly the same,” says Dr Chris­tine Mer­mier, ex­er­cise sci­en­tist at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico. So maybe you don’t shed fat eas­ily, or per­haps you’re just wired to store it around your belly. In which case blame your DNA, age or just poor light­ing. How­ever, the truth is most men can get their abs to show if they’re in a calo­rie deficit and train hard. And don’t lis­ten to 50% of PTs who say it’s all about body fat. Tar­geted abs moves – such as those on page 27 – will bulk-up your abs as if they were bi­ceps. If they still don’t show, at least you now have the right ex­cuses.

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