The Science Behind the Six-Pack Abs

Halley Medical Aesthetics | 13 May 2019

A set of six-pack abs is always enviable. 


Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, a ripped washboard ab seems to indicate that the person is in optimum health. However, most people have vague ideas on how to achieve six-pack abs. So what’s the science, if any, behind the six-pack abs? Let’s find out.


How many crunches does it take?

So just how many crunches does it take before you get drool-worthy abs? Back in 2002, scientists from the University of Virginia found out that it requires an estimate of 250,000 crunches to burn a pound of fat!

Before you spend hours on your crunches, take note that just working on your stomach alone won’t do much to building washboard abs.

Muscle is a fat burner, so by working out all your body parts, you are increasing its fat burning efficacy. Work on core strengthening exercises as they help you to lift heavier weights and aid in building muscles in the process.


Abs are made in the kitchen


Just because you are working hard does not mean you should not be eating smart! Proteins are good fat burners and they help build lean muscles. Load up on lean protein in particular, as it has the highest thermogenic effect of all macronutrients such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The thermogenic effect of food is the amount of energy required to digest and process the food we eat.

In addition to proteins, also include:

  • Carbohydrates – Moderate amount of carbohydrates and serving of vegetables with each meal ensures that you get the minerals, vitamins, fibre, and anti-oxidants your body needs to stay and look healthy.
  • Healthy fats – Raw nuts, fish oils, and olive oils are just some healthy fats that should be a part of your diet


CoolSculpting®–  fat reduction treatment


Treatments such as liposuction are commonly used to rid excess fat, but many cringe at the idea of going under the knife. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical, no downtime fat reduction treatment that can help you achieve your six-pack dream. This is especially if you have been doing everything right but with nothing to show. 

Bear in mind that procedures alone are not enough. A well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are still important. Before you embark on this lifelong battle for six-packs, it is wise to seek knowledge from people who are qualified. For CoolSculpting, always consult a doctor as it is a medical-grade treatment. Your doctor should be able to customise a CoolSculpting programme to suit your own body condition. Stay committed to your six-pack dreams!


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