Winter’s here, and that means summer is almost around the corner. Very soon, it will be time to hit the beach to show off that six-pack you’ve been slogging so hard for over the last few months. Except there’s one little problem. Your midsection isn’t entirely ready yet because of just one area that refuses to carve itself, no matter how hard you train at the gym.
Your lower abdomen.
For some reason, it seems as though getting the part of your abdomen just below your belly button to lean out is next to impossible. The truth is, it’s not. It’s just really, really difficult, for reasons more than one. Here they are.
1. Your Body Is Designed To Store Fat There
Low body fat is the most important component of a clear-cut six pack. If you have too much fat around your abdomen, your abs will always remain hidden behind a thick layer of fatty tissue.
Solution: Training can only take you to a certain point. But if you really want to get well-defined lower abs, you need to clean up your diet a lot more. Get in touch with your nutritionist to get you started on a smart meal plan that will help lower your body fat percentage to reveal your ab muscles.
2. You No Longer Have A Calorie Deficit
When people start on their fat loss system, they make sure to maintain a calorie deficit – that is consuming fewer calories than they burn per day. But as time progresses and the body fat melts, most people continue to stick to that number instead of re-adjusting their calorie deficit. This means that they’re still consuming the same number of calories that they did when they were a few pounds heavier and as they lose the pounds, they lose the calorie deficit as well. This is going to bring your weight loss programme to a halt very soon. In this case, it’s going to make it tough for you to lose weight around your midsection.
3. You Have Loose Skin Down There
Solution: Since you don’t have fat around your lower abs anymore, focus on building extra muscle, especially around your abs, back, and chest to give your saggy skin something to stretch over again.
4. You’re Doing The Wrong Exercises
Most people start off with basic core exercises and focus on carving out their upper abdomen muscles. Unfortunately, not every core exercise can give your lower abs the same amount of attention; some isolate just the top ab muscles while some focus on just your obliques. For this reason, the lower ab muscles never really get a chance to fully develop and as a result, they won’t stand out enough.
5. Your Genes Don’t Allow It
Your genes play a huge role in shaping your muscles. While most people can manipulate the shape of their muscles with the right kind of training, some of them may just not have a traditionally shaped 6 pack abdominal wall, even if they have just 4 percent body fat around their lower abdomen. In such cases, unfortunately, no amount of training will give you a 6 pack. In fact, this is the same with people who have an 8-pack. Contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with them being more ripped and muscular than people with a 6 pack. It’s just that genetically, their abdominal wall is shaped in such a way that it appears like an 8 pack.