The answer is that if you’re determined… It takes as long as required. Many men or women who wish to get a six pack always ask this question. How long will it take?
They want results fast. We live in a world of microwaves and text messages. Everything is fast and almost instant. So, it’s only normal to expect to see your six pack abs after 2 weeks of slow jogging.
But this will never ever happen unless you are already at 10 percent body fat and most people are way above that number.
Your body will burn off your excess fat slowly but surely and even then you will need to be doing the right workouts consistently and consuming a proper healthy diet.
You Can Calculate When Your Six Pack Abs Reveal Themselves…
But Not How Long It Will Take
Your body can only lose about 1 percent of your body weight per week. So, if you are 150 lbs., you can expect to lose about 1.5 lbs. per week if you are creating a daily calorie deficit of about 500 calories per day. So, if you need to lose 15 lbs. to reach a body fat percentage of 10 percent, that will take you about 10 weeks… or maybe even 3 months if your body plateaus and stops showing results for a week or two.
This happens even to the best athletes. The body decides to just stop burning the fat for some reason only it knows. You will then have to change up your workouts or your diet or go from intense cardio to long, slow cardio.
Sometimes the nervous system is under immense stress due to hard workouts constantly. The stress on your body puts it in shock and it goes into preservation mode. It holds on to whatever fat it can and you see no results on the scale.
Many people, who experience this, take a few days rest from training, or switch to lower intensity training. Basically, take things down a notch so that the body can recover and go back into fat burning mode.
So, it does take time. Nobody can give you an exact date when you will see your six pack abs. You will just have to stay the course till you reach your goal. You must be happy with small results over a longer period as long as you are seeing results, and the pounds on the scale are dropping, you will see your six pack abs.
You will need to calculate your daily calorie requirement for maintenance and the figure you need to be at to create a calorie deficit. You will also need to measure your body fat percentage. This is an important number to know because if you’re a man, you will need to get your body fat to a percentage of 10 or below. Women should aim for a body fat percentage below 20 percent. It may be difficult but it is definitely attainable.
Once you reach this level, your abs will be revealed and all the hard work will have paid off. It takes time but the best things in life usually do. That’s what makes it such an accomplishment and you will be one of the 2 percent who do have a six pack; definitely something to be proud of.
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