HP June 10 HeaderI’ve got some incredible insights for you that are alllll about getting Abs! I know that you’re going to be surprised when you learn my 3 steps to getting tight and lean abs.

Your midsection reflects your lifestyle, not the kind of crunches that you are doing!

In truth, when you get these 3 things in check, you won’t need any ab exercises at all! In today’s video below, I am talking about how to get a great looking tummy and you’ll want to check it out for sure.

I believe that there are two angles to fitness and body transformation:

  1. How your body LOOKS
  2. How your body FUNCTIONS

And these are two very different things! Usually, if your body functions well and is fit, you will also look great. But that’s not always the case. Just remember that today I am talking about techniques to change the way your midsection looks. In my opinion it’s more important to ensure that your core functions well, and that is dependent on your strengthening workouts.

 This week’s special Blog content:

 To reduce the body fat that is covering your Ab muscles, it’s critical to first combine protein and carbs throughout the day as I discuss in the video below. To get even more specific on this, you can fine-tune your carbohydrate intake to accelerate your results.

See, carboHYDRATES hydrate your body. For every gram of carb you eat (in any form) your body holds onto nearly 3 grams of water. Therefore, if you gradually reduce the number of carbs you are eating throughout the day, your body will release excess water that could be behaving like body fat. You THINK it’s body fat, but it’s actually just water retention.

Additionally, your body will burn fat more easily if there are fewer carbs to rely on throughout the day. Your Abs will begin to appear as you release water and burn off body fat. Keep in mind that I am not promoting a truly low carb diet; I am suggesting that fine-tuning your carb intake to match your actual needs will accelerate your progress and allow your Abs to come out play faster.

 Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you. Do you have issues with digestion? Have you noticed that your body fat overall decreases, as you stay committed to full body strength training? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

 

16 replies
  1. MacKenzie
    MacKenzie says:

    Hi!

    I just signed up for your email and I’m on week 3 of the Glutes Project. I missed the email about this blog post, so maybe you addressed this issue in that email, but I’m just curious what you’d say should be the average amount of carbohydrates eaten in a day? I know it depends on a lot of factors, including activity level, but they are definitely the area I could use some help in because no matter what I do to eat healthy I feel like I’m always over-doing it in this area, and I know they’re an important part of fueling your body properly.

    Thanks!

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  2. Aida
    Aida says:

    Perfect tools! Thanks! I some questions:
    Do you eat the pre-workout meal (carb and protein) just before the workout or you leave some time to digest it to avoid strange movements in the stomach during the workout?

    I sometimes do my workouts in fasting state and after the workout I have a banana mixed with protein powder or egg whites and non-fat milk to recover my muscles. Do you think this is bad?

    Thank you!!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hello Aida,

      Good questions. I eat my proteins and carbs about one to two hours before my workout. But sometimes I will have a Promax Pro Series bar just before my workout or sometimes during my workout. Promax Pro Series bars doesn’t upset my stomach.

      To answer your next question, I would suggest not working out on an empty stomach. You would have a lot more energy during your workout with some protein and carbs. But your post-workout shake is right on track!

      Stay STRONG

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  3. Amy
    Amy says:

    Hi! Great post. Yes, would love some examples of good pre-workout foods you suggest as well as post-workout foods. More specifics. Thank you!!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Amy! Good pre-workout protein options: any kind of protein powder, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, egg whites, string cheese. Pre-workout carb options: Banana, berries, tortilla, apples, oranges.
      Post workout options: Promax Pro Series bar, protein smoothie, any protein powder, tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, papaya, honey, agave, sugar. Post workout you want items that do not require much digestion!

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  4. Gay Troiani
    Gay Troiani says:

    It would be helpful when you say specific proteins or carbs to give specific names, like what kind of fruit, eggs, what kind of protein powder, etc. Also you say specific cardio. What are some of your go to cardio exercises. Some of us old people need very specific names!!! lol… Thanks.

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Gay! Good pre-workout protein options: any kind of protein powder, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, egg whites, string cheese. Pre-workout carb options: Banana, berries, tortilla, apples, oranges.
      Post workout options: Promax Pro Series bar, protein smoothie, any protein powder, tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, papaya, honey, agave, sugar. Post workout you want items that do not require much digestion!

      Cardio: You can choose ANY activity that is constant and keeps your heart rate at a steady level. For example, brisk walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, biking, Elliptical, rowing, treadmill, Zumba, dance aerobics, pool cardio. Does this help???

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  5. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Hi Holly! What are some examples of pre-workout fuel? You mentioned fruit, but what do you typically have? Also, how far ahead of the workout? Thank you!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Wendy,

      I would usually go for half banana and some type of protein one hour or hour and a half before my workout. Then I would have the other half of the banana and my protein shake right after my workout. But you can have a small handful of your favorite fruit if you don’t want a banana. Hope this helps.

      Stay STRONG

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