How To Get a Six-Pack

If only it were easy right? :)

This is a common question, and something I’m still working to achieve…and a loooong ways away from. So many people have asked me how they can “get flat abs” or “lose fat around their belly” and my answer is always the same.

It’s all about nutrition.

And that’s why I have a hard time with it!


You can’t spot-reduce any area of your body, and if your stomach is the area that holds onto fat, then it will be the last area to lean out. Others might hold fat in their thighs or arms…wherever it is that you find it “impossible” to reduce, most likely that will be the last area to lose the fat. Bummer, I know.

While you can do all the crunches in the world, you still won’t be able to see that six-pack if you have fat over it. If you’re serious about losing the fat, then start getting serious about your nutrition. So much easier said than done, I know.

In order to lean out, you’ll probably have to eat at a 80/20 or 90/10 ratio. 80% “clean,” 20% other stuff. I put clean in parenthesis because it can mean different things to different people. To me it means getting your nutrition from whole food sources and cutting out any processed stuff.

It sounds strict but nutrition really is the key to weight loss. I am struggling with that now as I try to lose weight myself. It’s easy to indulge or make an excuse for why you can eat that cookie (“I just worked out for an hour.”).

I would be wary of diets you find online that claim you will lose 10 pounds in a week or things like that. The best plans are gradual and sustainable. You don’t want to be starving yourself.

Once you get your nutrition in check, make sure you’re working on daily (5-6 times a week)…side note: I read somewhere a few weeks ago that if you want to lose fat, you need to be working at 6 days a week. I gotta step it up!

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Anyway, make sure you’re working out regularly and of course doing those core exercises! Once you lose the fat, you’ll be able to see those taught abs ;)

I’m going to leave you with 3 ab workout videos that you can do anywhere. If you only have time for a core workout, then just do the core workout! Anything is always better than nothing. Okay here you go:

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  1. Abs are made in the kitchen – that quote is so true. For a women especially to get abs, their diet has to be fairly strict. I don’t even think 80/20 cuts it.
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  2. Yep, you’re absolutely right whether we want to admit it or not – my abs will look better once I clean up my eating! Didn’t realize you need to work out 6 days a week to lose weight though – I tend to stay pretty stable, which I’m happy with right now!
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  3. I’m all about the ab workouts. And you’re right, if you’re very limited on time, then focus on working those abs!

  4. There will be no six pack for this mama! I’m ok with that at this point in my life…
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  5. Sounds silly but I like MY core workouts. I get bored easily with core work so I make sure to change things up often. You’re right about the nutrition. Often times more than people realize.
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  6. Good reminder that it all starts in the kitchen. I wish that I could work out for two hours a day and eat whatever I want but alas, the other 22 hours of the day apparently also matter ;)
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  7. You are so right! Nutrition is key. I struggle with this and always will. I can’t even remember having a flat stomach when I was a kid. I’ve always had a healthy layer around me :)
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  8. I so have trouble losing fat around my belly, and I know my six-pack is waiting for its moment to shine! I’m slowly starting to make changes to my diet like cutting out sodium, and seriously reducing sugar. Those things alone have started to pay off! But sticking to this will be the challenge! Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Yes to all of this! It’s about nutrition. I think it is so funny when people think they can do a bunch of sit ups and that will solve their belly problems.
    Great tips and video here – thanks for sharing!!
    PS: I love doing core work cause I know it’s going to make me a stronger runner :)
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  10. Great info! I doubt because of my diastasis recti that I could ever have a six pack, though it certainly doesn’t stop me from trying :)

  11. Not sure I will ever have a 6 pack but my diet could use a little makeover (carbs and I became besties during marathon training) and I could stand to cut back on the wine a bit :P
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