Exercise routines, diet tips, and recipes for people who want a shredded midsection.

As BuzzFeed Health has reported, getting those abs to pop is about way more than doing a zillion crunches, or even lightly keeping an eye on your diet. It's actually a lot more labor intensive, requiring most people to follow a careful diet (aimed at losing or managing body fat) and challenging their core and the rest of their body with exercise. So, that's a lot. To make it a little more do-able, here are some cheat sheets to help you with ab-centric diet and exercise.

For when you're cutting down on carbs to lose body fat:

For when you're cutting down on carbs to lose body fat:

Getting shredded abs is no joke; it takes a pretty strict regimen, including careful eating to lose or manage body fat. People with six-pack abs spend a lot of time making sure they're eating the amount of carbs, protein, and fat that correspond with their body composition goals, which can entail a lot of shopping, cooking, and portioning out foods for meals and snacks. Why not make it a little easier on yourself?

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For when you're trying to squeeze in a quick ab-burning workout during the day:

For when you're trying to squeeze in a quick ab-burning workout during the day:

Make some space in your living room and easily get this workout in right before you take a shower.

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For when you're looking for a do-able program that will push you and help you keep long-term goals:

For when you're looking for a do-able program that will push you and help you keep long-term goals:

It can be really hard to keep yourself accountable when setting long-term goals, so that's where BuzzFeed's Strong Core Challenge comes in.

Jon Premosch / Chris Ritter / Via buzzfeed.com


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