This post will not be pleasant so I apologize in advance. Whenever I get into a certain mood I tend to go into a rant so forgive me if I seem callous or fiery. It’s just that I believe that there is a time in which the only way to correct things is to tell the truth, however bluntly.
In this post I want to talk about the illusions which surround the desire to have flat abs, a pretty universal want, at least in the developed part of the world. These illusions cause a great deal of anguish to a lot of people and they also serve as the fertile ground on which many bogus and overpriced products are sold.
I want to spell out some of the worst illusions that I can think of and I hope that you will find them useful rather than painful.
Get Flat Abs in Weeks
One of the earlier articles on this site talks about the desire to get flat abs in 2 weeks. Believe it or not, this is something people want and actually believe is possible.
I don’t know exactly where to point my finger or at whom, but it seems that too many products are sold with the promise of very fast results.
I’m all for making big and fast changes in your life but no one can guarantee that you will get flat abs in just a few weeks. No one knows how much weight you need to lose or your current fitness level, or your health or age.
The belief that you can get flat abs in a very short time is likely an illusion. It may happen but it’s not worth getting disappointed if it doesn’t.
It’s Easy Like Turning On a Light Bulb
Electricity never looked as cool as when you see an ad for one of these vibrating ab belts that are supposed to magically melt the inches away. OK, maybe the ads don’t exactly say that but they sure show that and make you think that this is what will happen.
Let me be blunt: I don’t believe, for a minute, that any of these electric belts can do anything good for you. I’ve spoken with several fitness professionals and the consensus was that these products are shady at best.
For an electric current to be able to stimulate a healthy muscle it needs to be very powerful indeed. In fact, it will likely need to be hard enough to make you squirm in pain. Don’t fall for these empty promises. Electricity isn’t the way to get flat abs.
This Machine Is All I Need
The world is filled with abs machines. Some of them, such as the Ab Circle Pro, for instance, reportedly sell millions. In some cases, these machines carry a price tag of hundreds of dollars. But are they really worth it?
Without discussing any specific product, I will say this: I dislike the way ads for these machines make it seem as if they’re the only thing you need in order to get flat abs. Sometimes at the bottom of the screen you will see a short notice that reminds you that a healthy diet and regular exercise are needed to get results (thanks for the obvious) but the overall impression is that the product in question is some incredible solution to your belly fat woes.
Usually, these products offer a limited way to exercise at best. They don’t provide you with a complete solution to your weight issues. For that you need to do strong workouts, to eat right, and to lead a healthy lifestyle. No product can replace all that.
You Can Look Like That Cover Model
I think that magazine covers often portray an image of beauty which is simply unattainable. In many cases it is not an accurate image of the model shown as these pictures are often manipulated by various software.
Don’t think that you can easily look like models that you see in magazines or on TV. Some of these models have their own trainers and dieticians. Others don’t really look as good. This is why I love seeing pictures of celebrities without their makeup on. It shows the real them.
To get flat abs you need to break away from the illusions and the gimmicks. You need to realize that this is a process which requires time and effort. It won’t happen easily.
It is possible to lose belly fat and get flat abs. Just realize that you need to put in the work and be patient. This is how you do it.