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5 reasons you won’t be seeing your six-pack abs any time soon

By April 3, 2012 9 Comments

Today’s guest-post is by Keith Lai of Fit Mole

Today he gives you 5 ‘tough-love’ reasons as to why you may not be seeing you six-pack abs any time soon
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Look, we all get it! You want six pack abs…

The multi-billion dollar fitness industry hears you loud and clear.
It’s the epitome of an attractive and healthy body.
But just because you want it, doesn’t mean it’ll happen. I mean, there’s a reason that 99.9% of the world population doesn’t have ripped abs and that’s because it’s f*cking hard.
If everyone was lean and ripped, then you wouldn’t even be reading this site in the first place.

So here are 5 reasons you won’t be seeing your six-pack abs any time soon…

#1 – You think it’s too hard

Aww, boo hoo.
Until you realize that achieving anything worthwhile in life is nothing but plain old hard work, then you won’t achieve success.
If you want to become rich, then you need to work your ass off and if you want six pack abs then you need to consistently diet and exercise.
It’s really that plain and simple, but until you realize how hard it is, only then will it become easy.

#2 – You think you don’t have time

Really? You don’t have time?
Are you telling me that you don’t have time to exercise for 1 hour, but you have time to log into Facebook and Twitter every single day to read pointless status updates?
As for people who say that they don’t have time to eat healthy, let me say this – getting a six pack is all about creating a calorie deficit over time, and the only way to create a calorie deficit is to eat less, and the last time I checked, eating less food doesn’t take more time.
People who say they don’t have time are really people who just don’t want to make time. Getting a six pack is obviously not a number-one priority for them, so until you make getting a six pack your priority above everything else, only then will you be able to succeed.

#3 – You think you need access to a gym and tonnes of supplements

You definitely don’t need a gym membership to get six pack abs. In fact, you can get a killer workout done with just your bodyweight.
And for people who say that they need to buy expensive supplements in order to get a six pack – that’s bullsh*t. These days, supplements are more about who has the hottest girl on the bottle than it is about the actual supplement.
You don’t need supplements to get a six pack. They can help in certain situations, but getting a six pack is more about eating less food and creating a consistent calorie deficit and guess what, eating less is cheap (mind blowing, I know).

#4 – You blame your genetics

Hey buddy, my genetics suck too. Neither of my parents have the “shoot electricity out of your hand” gene and you don’t hear me bitching about it.
But seriously, genetics have nothing to do with your ability to get six pack abs. Honestly, there are some very rare diseases that prevent people from losing weight, but those are one in a million.
As long as you’re consistently working out and dieting, then there’s no reason why you can’t get a six pack. If you’re on the heavier side, then it’s obviously going to take you longer to get a six pack, but as long as you have perseverance, then there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t get a six pack no matter how “bad” your genetics are.

#5 – You say you don’t WANT a six pack

“Nah, I don’t really want a six pack”
And this my friends… this is the culmination of all 4 previous excuses put together. When someone says that they don’t want a six pack, they are probably lying to you.
I don’t care what you say, every single breathing person on this planet has at one point in their lives wanted to have six pack abs. But because of the aforementioned reasons, that person has come to realize how damn difficult getting a six pack really is. When that person realizes that they’ll never get a six pack, they protect their dignity by telling themselves and everyone else that they simply don’t want a six pack.
Sad, but true.

What are your favorite excuses?

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Keith Lai is the author of the fitness blog FitMole where he talks about his own no BS approach towards fitness.
You can download his free ebook here and follow him on Facebook here.

Clint Nielsen

Author Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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  • #6 You Don’t Have the Energy

    This is really an extension of #2. A lot of people work all day and then when the get home, sit on the couch until it’s time for bed. The main reason being “they’re too tired” to workout after a long, hard day at work. Although I know working can take a lot out of a person, but if you are serious about getting a six back or just getting into better shape, you have to make time for it.

    So if you don’t have the energy to workout after work, try and workout BEFORE work. This may mean getting up earlier, but in the end, you have to sacrifice something in order to get the body you want.

    • Robert,
      Agreed. I believe that everyone has the time and energy to exercise, they either don’t try to make time for it or simply don’t care enough.

  • Clint Nielsen

    @Robert totally agree on that one – I’m a morning workout advocate myself.

    I’d also probably add to the list – #7 – Your diet is balls.
    We’re constantly bombarded with apparent ‘healthy food choices’ which, beneath the surface, just aren’t.
    It can be very difficult (especially for the new comer) to discern good from the bad.

  • Liz

    # 5 is grand. I get this from all the lazy young men who don’t even do no work in ANY domain! That’s how you know you’ll get this excuse cuz otherwise there would be “I don’t have enough time” or “Man, I’d just really want to but it’s really hard to be consistent right now”; which is much, much better, cuz at least they’re being honest.

    But # 5 is… “No, I don’t think 50 Cent looks good. He’s too big”. Points at his lean, skinny, child-like belly: “I prefer smaller; I don’t wanna get bulky.”

    It goes hand-in-hand with what every woman doing weightlifting hears every once in a while (no, not “has heard at some point”): “You don’t wanna get too bulky.” F***You, Yeah? P*ssy.

    • Liz,
      Agreed, most people just don’t want to admit the truth. Most people are lazy but they don’t want to admit that they’re lazy so they just say they don’t want to get in shape. I would respect the person much more if they just said the truth.

  • # 2 stikes a massive cord with me. I am a shift working father of 2 young kids, that runs a website. I don’t have the time to do a lot of things. So I have to make choices about what is important to me. As expected training and nutrition are very important to me, so I dedicate any spare time to these things. As a result I don’t get time to watch tv or hang out on social media networks. BIG DEAL. Decide what is important to you people!

  • Great article Keith. Absolutely right, to get abs it honestly takes maybe 2-3 hours a week if that. A lot of people train too hard, but to me it is about training smart and then training hard at what is smart. Training hard at the wrong things will get you somewhere but only so far.

    I personally think it is a case of information overload that stops people getting abs. Not going to lie I could get abs working my ass off and eating 6 small meals a day a long time ago but maintaining was a bitch. Nowadays I have found a nice formula to getting and staying lean and a lot is in thanks to connections from fitness black book.

  • A lot of people make the mistake of considering the stomach
    muscles as a single muscle. This might be the biggest
    slip-up anyone could make when it comes to doing ab exercise routines.
    You have to go with exercises that concentrate on each of the different ab muscles.

  • @ Everyone!

    The best piece of advice I can give to anyone looking to get a 6 pack is to train in the mornings before breakfast! Really super charges your day and your metabolism and I have noticed I have shed a lot of stomach fat using this strategy.