The Truth About Abs – The Maintenance Phase


The Truth About Abs – The Maintenance Phase

If you’re wondering how to diet for abs for good (not just around the belly), chances are, in the past, you’ve tried a dozen or so diets of your own. And you probably saw some success with them. Perhaps you even lost a few pounds. Or perhaps you lost a lot of weight.

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But in both instances, ultimately, you just got caught up in the whole “you lose bodyweight” idea. And while the fad diets of yesteryear definitely worked for a time – that’s why they’re so popular – eventually you hit a plateau. Then you either quit or lose the next few pounds, only to find yourself coming right back to square one because now you can’t eat a low calorie diet anymore because your body can’t burn it off. So, essentially, your efforts at dieting for abs were futile.


So, what’s the difference between diets for weight loss that work and those that don’t? First, when you exercise and create a calorie deficit, your body goes into starvation mode. That means you burn calories at a much slower rate, building lean muscle tissue instead of fat tissue. While this strategy may be fine for losing weight on your arms or for other areas where your metabolism may not be as strong, it has nothing to do with dieting for abs.


In other words, in a normal diet, you’re burning off calories at a rapid pace. As your body adjusts to the changes in food intake, it goes into the starvation mode. The end result is rapid weight loss. But if your goal is to drop significant amounts of weight, you need a different type of diet.


When you eat less calories, your body does not go into starvation mode. Instead, the brain signals your body to slow down your metabolic rate, allowing it to take in less calories. Because your body has been “starved” for too long, it will hold onto the food you consume, resulting in your gaining back some water weight. It’s sort of like putting your finger on the scale all day, then waking up the next morning and finding that you’ve actually gained back quite a bit of weight!


But even though your calorie intake is decreased, your metabolism is still high enough that you can: A) burn off a lot of excess calories and B) you can also turn those calories into lean muscle mass. This is why, as you exercise and eat less, the more nutrition you get from the foods you eat, the more your muscles grow. That’s why you need a balanced diet for people who are trying to follow a fitness plan like The Truth About Abs.


After the first phase, known as the maintenance phase, many people get really excited because they see the results they’ve achieved so far. “I did it! I did it!” But if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you don’t stay disciplined, this method can get pretty dangerous.


When I first tried to do these diets, I made one major mistake that nearly cost me my health and ultimately cost me my marriage. The mistake I made was over-eating during the first phase. And believe me, I didn’t want that extra fat or calories back, I wanted them gone. I also thought that by cutting calories drastically, I could also cut out any hope of maintaining my ideal body size. It’s important to realize that no diet can work without self-discipline, and I think that if you’re willing to commit to yourself to change, The Truth About Abs can be a great diet for anyone.


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