Women's Health (UK) - - BEST BODY -

If you see some­one with vis­i­ble abs, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that they’re out­work­ing you at the gym. In fact, it may not be a re­flec­tion of their strength at all. Get­ting that chis­elled look comes down to a com­bi­na­tion of diet and ge­net­ics. ‘Abs are a nov­elty, be­cause your body is pro­grammed to store fat in that spot to pro­tect your or­gans,’ says Klika. So, don’t stress out if you’re crush­ing work­outs and haven’t no­ticed much vis­i­ble change. It’s best to track your car­dio achieve­ments or how much more you can lift as you progress (im­prove­ment there comes faster and more fre­quently) and let that shift mo­ti­vate you in­stead. Then fo­cus on diet changes, like up­ping your lean protein and veg in­take and cut­ting down on sugar. But re­mem­ber: vis­i­ble abs aren’t avail­able to ev­ery­one – some are nat­u­rally more prone to stor­ing fat in that area.

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