How long does it take to get a six-pack?


Quick Answer

A physically fit man, losing one to two pounds a week, could have a visible six-pack in as few as seven weeks. Being able to see the abdominal muscles in the classic "six pack" requires that the body fat be reduced to around 7 percent.

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The average physically fit man has around 15 percent body fat. Therefore, an average fit 185-pound man would have to lose around 15 pounds to get a six-pack. Individuals starting with a higher body-fat percentage would take longer to achieve a six-pack look.

Performing abdominal exercises such as crunches does not produce a six-pack look. Cardiovascular exercise and general weight-training to burn off body fat is the only way to get a six-pack.

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