Nutrition

Abs Without Working Out | How Can It Be Done?!

So many people want to have that amazing beach body with a toned stomach with six pack abs, however, one thing that most people can agree is on that we want these amazing abs and defined stomachs without having to exercise, because honestly, exercising isn’t always the most fun and easy thing to do. The question though is that is it possible for someone to get abs without exercising.

The answer to this question is yes. It is possible for anyone, male or female, to get abs without having to exercise. However, I must state that to accomplish such feat without the use of exercise as an assisted tool in the process, it will be much more difficult on the body and your mental state of well being, as well as a much longer process.


How Do I Get Abs.. Without Working Out?!

How does someone go about getting abs without exercising? Truth is, it’s actually the same way you go achieve abs with exercising. You must lose your body fat and get down to a low enough body fat percentage, often times around 10-12% for males and 8% for females. In order to do this only with dieting though, you must remain in a caloric deficit for an extended period of time. This means that if your body has a maintenance level or BMR (basil metabolic rate) of around 2000 calories. Without exercising, your body will naturally burn 2000 calories a day no matter what you do. You can lay in bed all day and you will still burn your maintenance level of 2000 calories a day.


Calorie Deficits

The next step is to get an understanding of how a caloric deficit is going to make this all come together and help you lose weight. A caloric deficit means that you are consuming a fewer amount of calories per day when compared to your BMR. If you are at a BMR of 2000 calories and you are only eating 1800 calories a day, you are burning 200 calories per day. This is equivalent to 1400 calories a week, and 5600 calories a month.

In the fitness industry, it is well stated that to burn 1lb of fat, you must burn around 3500 calories on average. This number varies from person to person, but if you need to burn 3500 calories to lose 1lb of fat, and you are burning 5600 calories a month, you are now losing around 1.5lbs of fat per month. This totals to 18lbs of fat per year.

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The issue with this is that since you remain in a caloric deficit for an extended period of time, you are actually doing more harm to your body than good. For example, by eating low nutrients and not exercising, you are greatly decreasing your body’s natural metabolism, which means over time the weight loss is going to decrease as months go by. The next biggest issue is that by not consuming an adequate amount of food daily, your body will begin to burn up all of its natural energy sources and you will begin to feel tired and lazy and become mentally unproductive and have a slower rate of comprehension in your day-to-day life. This is extremely unhealthy to have happen and cause many issues down the road.


Can Any Foods Give Me Abs?

There is no special foods, special diet or any special equipment anyone can use to obtain six pack abs. The only thing that determines if you have abs or not, is the amount of body fat you have on your body. If your body fat is low enough, your abs will begin to show, and the lower the fat, the more visible your abs will appear. If your abs are not showing, you simply have too much fat on your body at this state of time and you will need to enter in a caloric deficit for an extended period of time if you wish to change this and obtain abs.


Take-Home Message

With that information said, I also must state that I do not recommend this to anyone who wishes to try it. If you are an adult with a full time job and family to take care of, by remaining in a low calorie consumption diet you will begin to become lethargic and mentally less able to perform daily tasks. This can have serious effects as much as forgetting simple things or negatively affecting your work performance.

As for these issues that can arise from being in a calorie deficit without exercise, I do not recommend this to anyone who wishes to try it. If abs are your goal, rethink your method and I strongly recommend that you incorporate a mixture of a calories deficit diet of around 200-400 calories per day with cardiovascular exercise or any form or anaerobic training for at least 30 minutes per day.

This is the safest approach anyone can take towards achieving a six-pack abs while performing the least amount of exercise as possible.



Logan Berman

Logan Berman

Writer and expert


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