How do you get 8-pack abs?


Quick Answer

To get 8-pack abs, eat a healthy diet and do cardiovascular interval training to lose body fat, which increases the visibility of the abs. Perform exercises that strengthen the abs to develop those muscles.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

A healthy diet has a balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates and good fats. Protein helps the body build muscle, which increases the amount of calories the body burns. Carbohydrates provide energy and nutrients such as fiber and antioxidants. Healthy carbohydrate sources include brown rice and oatmeal.

The best time to consume carbohydrates is immediately following a workout, so they are used for energy and won't become body fat. Fats stabilize insulin levels and provide nutrients to the body. Olive oil and raw nuts are healthy sources of fat.

Cardiovascular interval training involves short periods of high-intensity training mixed with periods of low intensity training. For example, a runner can alternate between a light jog for one minute, sprinting for 30 seconds, jogging for another minute, and repeating the pattern over a workout of 10 to 15 minutes. The training method works with any cardiovascular workout.

Exercises that work the abs include planks, deadlifts, squats and Pilates. Focus on compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups to build muscle all over the body and burn more calories.

Learn more about Muscle Toning

Related Questions