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How long does it take to get a six pack? This is a very popular question.
Everyone wants to know how long it’ll take to have “beach ready abs“.
When you get the answer to this question, you can properly plan your program,
adjust your vacation plans, and have a definite goal in mind.
If you don’t know, well, you can be on that hamster wheel for forever and
set yourself up for ultimate disappointment.
The truth of the matter is that the time it’ll take to see your six pack DEPENDS.
On a number of factors, but we’ll look at the most important ones right now.
1. Your starting point
To get visible abs, you generally have to be around 10% body fat for males.
With proper ab development through effective exercises, a good outline may
appear before then (it does with me )
Obviously, the higher your body fat to begin with, the longer it’ll take you
to get to 10%. So in order to judge how long it’ll take to get to your
destination, you must know where you’re starting. A good set of home calipers
will do the trick of finding your current body fat %.
2. The ab program you’re on
Not all ‘fat burning programs‘ are created equal. The diet commercials
would have you believe you can burn 20 lbs of at in one week – not happening.
A good program will make you shed 2 – 2.5 lbs of fat each week. Once you know
your body fat percentage, you can find out how much fat you have to get rid of.
Subtract 2 lbs per week and you have your time.
Let’s look at some numbers really quick to put this into perspective.
A man is 170 lbs and he’s at 15% body fat. How long will it take him to get to 10%?
Sounds like a high school algebra problem…
170 lbs at 15% = 25.5 lbs of fat and 144.5 lbs of lean mass (170-25.5=144.5)
His ideal weight at 10% is: 144.5 * .1 + 144.5 = 158.9 lbs
So he starts at 170 and needs to get to 160. He has 10 lbs of fat to lose.
If he does 2 lbs per week, it will take him roughly 5 weeks.
Put your own stats in to see how long it will take you. You may be surprised
at how short the time is.
Until next time,