Comments (0)September 24th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Everything Abs (Abdominals)

The Six Pack Secret To Hollywood Abs

The One True Lifestyle for Washboard Abs

It’s not easy to get dreamy washboard abs, and many of you who gaze at magazine covers longingly may believe that you’re even completely unable to achieve that look. You can get there too, but it takes lots of hard work, consistency, and above all else… knowing what kind of lifestyle you need in the first place!

If you go about your fitness routine the wrong way, you’ll end up sweating away for nothing. Instead of treating yourself so harshly, why not get started right by informing yourself on that proper lifestyle beforehand? We’ll spill all the secrets for you right here, right now.

Your lifestyle needs to start with cardio. Yes, that’s right, CARDIO IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR JOURNEY TO NEW ABS… not ab-based exercises! If some form of cardio isn’t in your life four or five days a week, you might as well not be bothering entirely. That’s because burning off the fat that’s covering your abs is as important as developing your abs!

The next step is, of course, healthy eating and keeping yourself hydrated. Plenty of water a day will give you the fuel you need to keep going through your routine, and the right low-fat foods will make that essential task of losing fat easier.

The better you do on this end, the less difficult the exercise end of things will be. But no matter how well you eat, you can’t get great abs without exercise, and no matter how hard you exercise, you can’t get great abs without eating right!

What’s the very last ingredient of the one true way to Hollywood movie star abs? It’s the ab-based exercises, of course. These will actually take up a relatively small amount of space in your schedule, only needing to be done a few times a week.

Using gym equipment like the power tower can make the process even easier, but if you don’t have access to such things, go with the good old reliable crunch. There are over a dozen different ab-based exercises available even discounting those that require equipment, so feel free to mix it up a little. You can have fun with it, so long as your abs are feeling the burn!

All these put together make the lifestyle that gives even the greatest movie stars and body builders great abs… missing any one element will ruin the entire result! So do like they do, and get your life moving in the right direction in all aspects if you really want those ripped abs.

Tired of gadgets like the absonic belt? If you want the REAL truth on which exercises truly help burn fat the fastest, using the least amount of effort, then read these 3 tips to losing weight fast for less money and in less time.

Comments (0)September 20th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

12 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe

1: Cardio is One of the Best Types of Exercise

In recent years, researchers have begun to realize that conventional cardio, such as jogging, is not all it’s been cracked up to be, and that you can actually improve your health and increase fat burning by making slight modifications to your cardio routine.

The problem is that traditional cardio only works on the slow twitch muscle fibers in your red muscle, completely ignoring your white muscle super-fast twitch fibers.

“Peak 8” refers to peak exercises done once or twice a week, in which you raise your heart rate up to your anaerobic threshold for 20 to 30 seconds, followed by a 90-second recovery period.

To perform these properly you will want to get very close to, if not exceed, your maximum heart rate by the last interval. Your maximum heart rate is calculated as 220 minus your age. You will need a heart rate monitor to measure this as it is nearly impossible to accurately measure your heart rate manually when it is above 150.

Researchers have found that interval cardio produces a unique metabolic response that is in large part responsible for its superior benefits. Intermittent sprinting produces high levels of chemical compounds called catecholamines, which allow more fat to be burned from under your skin and within your muscles. The resulting increase in fat oxidation is thought to drive the increased weight loss.

It is also the only type of exercise that will increase growth hormone levels. This becomes especially important after the age of 30, when growth hormones steadily decline. It is much safer and far less expensive to have your body make growth hormone naturally though Peak 8 type exercises than inject it like many athletes do to the tune of $1500 per month.

2: Vaccines are Safe and Effective and Prevent Disease

I completely understand that for many this issue is not debatable as they believe that vaccines are one of the greatest gifts to public health in the history of civilization.

If you believe that, then let me encourage you to open your mind and explore other views held by many well respected physicians, scientists, clinicians and pro-vaccine safety educators.

You might want to review the article Read This Before Vaccinating for Anything, to help you start your exploration process.

When it comes to vaccines, there are three primary questions that need to be considered.

* First, is the vaccine in question safe?
* Secondly, does it effectively prevent disease?
* And third, which vaccines can safely and effectively be given together or in close succession?

Unfortunately, these issues have not been sufficiently studied for most vaccines, and those vaccines that have been studied frequently show that they are either unsafe or ineffective, or both!

Pro-vaccine-safety educators have long been saying that vaccines can over-stimulate your child’s immune system, sometimes causing the very disease it’s designed to protect against, or worse. And, when several vaccines are administered together, or in close succession, their interaction may completely overwhelm your child’s developing immune system.

This is one of the primary problems with vaccines in general – their detrimental impact on your body’s primary, natural defense against ALL disease.

Now consider that if your child is vaccinated according to the CDC’s recommended schedule, by the time your child starts kindergarten he or she will have received 48 doses of 14 vaccines. Of these, 36 doses will be given during the first 18 months of life – a time when your child’s body and brain is undergoing massive development!

Public health officials have NEVER proven that it is indeed safe to inject this volume of vaccines into infants. What’s more, they cannot explain why, concurrent with an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been an explosion of neurological and immune system disorders in American children.

This issue covers so much ground, it’s impossible to even try to summarize the many hazards and the lack of efficiency data for all the vaccines currently being given, in this article.

For more information please visit our vaccine section at

3: Fluoride in Your Water Lowers Your Risk of Cavities

The theory behind the introduction of fluoride in your water supply initially seems beneficial – to reduce the incidence of dental caries in children. However, the health dangers of fluoride are so numerous; they far outweigh any benefit to your teeth, and that’s IF water fluoridation actually did what its claimed to do.

Today, even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are only from topical applications; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it?

Statistics tell us that water fluoridation is ineffective for preventing caries. There is practically no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.

Meanwhile, fluoride can cause significant harm, from dental fluorosis to thyroid damage to reduced IQ… and much more.

I’ve joined forces with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) to help end water fluoridation poisoning in Canada and the United States.

For more about the dangers of fluoride, and information about how to get involved in this campaign, please see this recent article, which also includes an excellent interview with Dr. Paul Connett, who created FAN and is one of the foremost experts on this topic.

4: GMOs Crops are Safe, Well Tested and Economically Beneficial

GMOs may be the greatest health disaster in the American diet. Within 9 years of their introduction in 1996, multiple chronic illnesses jumped from 7 percent to 13 percent of the population, food allergies doubled in less time, and many other ailments have exponentially increased with the introduction of GM foods.

Millions may already be suffering health problems caused by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their diet. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has already urged doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients, citing studies that show how GMOs cause disorders such as vital organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system problems, accelerated aging, infertility, and dysfunctional regulation of insulin and cholesterol.

But not only are GM foods a health disaster, they also pose a significant environmental threat, and industry promises of financial benefits have turned out to be false as well.

For a quick introduction, I recommend reading the article 10 Reasons to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, which delves into everything from the health problems associated with eating GM foods to the evidence against GM crops as a sustainable, economically and environmentally viable alternative to traditional farming.

5: Sun Causes Skin Cancer

There are many misconceptions about melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer that accounts for more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths. But despite all the bad press linking sun exposure to skin cancer, there’s almost no evidence at all to support that stance. There is, however, plenty of evidence to the contrary.

Over the years, several studies have already confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer. In fact, melanoma occurrence has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure, and can be increased by sunscreens.

In my interview with vitamin D expert Dr. Robert Heaney, he explains how the conventional recommendations are in fact causing the very health problem they claim to prevent.

How does sunlight prevent, rather than cause, skin cancer?

In short, it’s the vitamin D formed in your skin from exposure to sunlight that provides this built in cancer protection.

The vitamin D goes directly to genes in your skin that help prevent the types of abnormalities that ultraviolet light causes. Unfortunately, if you follow the conventional recommendation to avoid sun exposure or always use sunscreen, your skin will not make any vitamin D, leaving you without this built-in cancer protection.

Statistics confirm the truth of these findings, as melanoma rates have increased right along with sun avoidance and increased use of sunscreens. If avoiding the sun actually was the answer, then melanoma rates should have decreased exponentially over the past couple of decades…

Instead, sun avoidance and the excessive use of sun screen are actually the two primary reasons for the rise in melanoma.

6: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

As recently as 2002, the “expert” Food & Nutrition Board issued the following misguided statement, which epitomizes this myth:

“Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet.”

This dangerous recommendation, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming your health and that of your loved ones for about 40 years now.

The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally.

They also act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes.

In fact, saturated is the preferred fuel for your heart!

For more information about saturated fats and the essential role they play in maintaining your health, please read my previous article The Truth About Saturated Fat.

7: Artificial Sweeteners are Safe, Well Tested and Help Promote Weight Loss

Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight. The amazing irony is that nearly all the studies that have carefully analyzed their effectiveness show that those who use artificial sweeteners actually gain more weight than those who consume caloric sweeteners.

In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking diet soft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain – far more so than regular soda. On average, each diet soft drink the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years, and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese.

The reasons for this ironic reality are still being investigated, but there are several potential causes, including:

* Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content.
* Artificial sweeteners appear to simply perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced—leading to further problems controlling your weight.
* Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body’s natural ability to “count calories,” as evidenced in studies such as this 2004 study at Purdue University, which found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids.

In the end, the research tells us that artificial sweeteners are NOT a dieter’s best friend, because contrary to what the marketing campaigns claim, low- or no-calorie artificial sweeteners are more likely to help you pack on the pounds than shed them.

There are also a large number of health dangers associated with artificial sweeteners and aspartame in particular. I’ve started compiling a growing list of studies pertaining to health problems associated with aspartame, which you can find here. If you’re still on the fence, I highly recommend reviewing these studies for yourself so that you can make an educated decision.

For more information on aspartame, the worst artificial sweetener, please see my aspartame video.

8: Soy is a Health Food

The meteoric rise of soy as a “health food” is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. But make no mistake about it, unfermented soy products are NOT healthful additions to your diet.

If you find this recommendation startling then I would encourage you to review my Why Soy Can Damage Your Health, which contains links to dozens of articles on the topic, and a video I recently did.

On the contrary, thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.

Not only that, but more than 90 percent of American soy crops are genetically modified, which carries its own set of health risks.

Here is a sampling of the detrimental health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:

* Breast cancer
* Brain damage
* Infant abnormalities
* Thyroid disorders
* Kidney stones
* Immune system impairment
* Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
* Impaired fertility
* Danger during pregnancy and nursing

I am not opposed to all soy, however. Organic and, most importantly, properly fermented soy does have great health benefits. Examples of such healthful fermented soy products include tempeh, miso and natto.

9: Whole Grains are Good for Everyone

The use of whole-grains is an easy subject to get confused on especially for those who have a passion for nutrition, as for the longest time we were told the fiber in whole grains is highly beneficial.

Unfortunately ALL grains, including whole-grain and organic varieties, can elevate your insulin levels, which can increase your risk of disease.

It has been my experience that more than 85 percent of Americans have trouble controlling their insulin levels — especially those who have the following conditions:

* Overweight
* Diabetes
* High blood pressure
* High cholesterol
* Protein metabolic types

In addition, sub-clinical gluten intolerance is far more common than you might think, which can also wreak havoc with your health.

As a general rule, I strongly recommend eliminating grains as well as sugars from your diet, especially if you have any of the above conditions that are related to insulin resistance. The higher your insulin levels and the more prominent your signs of insulin overload are, the more ambitious your grain elimination needs to be.

If you are one of the fortunate ones without insulin resistance and of normal body weight, then grains are fine, especially whole grains. It is wise to continue to monitor your grain consumption and your health as life is dynamic and constantly changing. What might be fine when you are 25 or 30 could become a major problem at 40 when your growth hormone and level of exercise is different.

10: All Plant Based Supplements are as Good as Animal Supplements

The primary example here is that of omega-3’s. It’s very important to realize that not all omega-3 fats are the same, and that the type and source of your omega-3 will make a big difference in the health benefits it provides.

There are three types of omega-3 fats:

* DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
* EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
* ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid)

Many people do not realize that most of the well-known health benefits associated with omega-3 fats – such as mental health, stronger bones and heart health — are linked to the animal-based omega-3 fats (EPA and DHA), not the plant-based omega-3 fat (ALA).

ALA, which is the type of omega-3 found in flaxseed and nuts, is converted into EPA and DHA in your body, but only at a very low ratio.

So even if you eat large amounts of ALA, your body can only convert a relatively small amount into EPA and DHA, and only when sufficient enzymes are present.

This does not mean plant-based omega-3 fats are intrinsically harmful or that they should be avoided, only that you ideally want to include an animal-based form as well. Personally, I regularly include omega-3 (ALA) plant-based foods, like flax and hemp, in my diet, but these are always combined with animal-based omega-3 fats.

But in order to reap its most important health benefits, your omega-3 needs to be from an animal source. For more information on this topic, please read through my previous article, Are You Getting the Right Type of Omega-3 Fats?

11: Milk Does Your Body Good

Can milk do your body good?

Yes, if it’s RAW.

Unfortunately, this myth insists that conventional pasteurized milk has health benefits, which is far from true. Conventional health agencies also refuse to address the real dangers of the growth hormones and antibiotics found in conventional milk.

Please understand that I do not recommend drinking pasteurized milk of any kind, including organic, because once milk has been pasteurized its physical structure is changed in a way that can actually cause allergies and immune problems.

Important enzymes like lactase are destroyed, which causes many people to not be able to digest milk. Additionally, vitamins (such as A, C, B6 and B12) are diminished and fragile milk proteins are radically transformed from health nurturing to unnatural amino acid configurations that can actually worsen your health.

The eradication of beneficial bacteria through the pasteurization process also ends up promoting pathogens rather than protecting you from them.

The healthy alternative to pasteurized milk is raw milk, which is an outstanding source of nutrients including beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, vitamins and enzymes, and it is, in my estimation, one of the finest sources of calcium available.

For more details please watch the interview I did with Mark McAfee, who is the owner of Organic Pastures, the largest organic dairy in the US.

12: Low-Fat Diets are Healthy

The low-fat myth may have done more harm to the health of millions than any other dietary recommendation. Again, just as the recommendations to avoid sunshine has increased melanoma rates, the low-fat craze led to increased consumption of trans-fats, which we now know increases your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

To end the confusion, it’s very important to realize that eating fat will not make you fat!

The primary cause of excess weight and all the chronic diseases associated with it, is actually the consumption of too much sugar — especially fructose, but also all sorts of grains, which rapidly convert to sugar in your body.

If only the low-fat craze had been a low-sugar craze… then we wouldn’t have nearly as much chronic disease as we have today.

For an explanation of why and how a low-fat diet can create the very health problems it’s claimed to prevent, please see this previous article.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there’s no shortage of health myths out there, and it only seems to be getting worse… The 12 myths reviewed above are but a sampling, because there are still many more.

- Dr Mercola (

Comments (0)September 13th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Everything Abs (Abdominals)

The Fast Track To Washboard Abs With TheThis Little Exercise Gadget

I bet you’d love to have those dreamy abs as much as I do. Well, this little instrument will make it possible.
Also known by its adrenaline-infused moniker of the power tower, the captain’s chair is probably the best machine you can build your abs on if you’re desiring that perfect Hollywood washboard abs look. However, there are some tricks to using it, and not all models are equally effective. A captain’s chair well-used will get you a dream body, but used poorly and you’re just tiring yourself out pointlessly. Don’t go into your exercise routine ill-informed!

The machine is named for its resemblance to a chair, with armrests and a backrest, although it’s operated from a standing position without a seat. In a gym, you’ll see expensive models worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But a lighter-framed variant for casual home use will only cost around a hundred dollars in most stores. It is fairly bulky, and so you should plan out a space for it if intend to put one in your home.

To accomplish the primary ab-oriented exercise of the captain’s chair, one’s weight is balanced on the arms and back against the rests, while the legs are bent and lifted up till the knees are above the arms. So don’t do this one if your arms are weak! Your back should also be firmly planted on the rest and stable, or it can be strained easily. Most models will offer handles on the armrests to help with stabilization.

Once you’re in the right position and doing the exercise appropriately, it will only be a few reps before you feel the tension in your abs. As with all exercises, don’t overdo it. Instead, take a break between every set of reps, and don’t work your abs every single day.

If you’re self-conscious about your fat levels, you may also need to lose weight before you get the abs you want. The captain’s chair is a versatile machine that can offer a number of exercises, but unfortunately cardio-based ones aren’t among its repertoire. But cardio is one of the easiest exercise types to work into anyone’s lifestyle. Although time-consuming, it requires no real equipment to do properly. Even just a little jogging on a weekly basis can do a lot for weight loss. And the faster you shed those pounds, the faster you can see the muscles your abs are developing. So long as you remember to not expect more out of your body than it can give you under its environment, you’ll never be disappointed with your abs.

To check out more reviews on other ab gadgets, check out our absonic belt review or our ab rocket abdominal trainer review

Comments (0)September 11th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

Why You Should Eat Fiber Foods – the Ties Between Fiber and Good Health

Almost everyone has been told, at some point in their youth, to eat fruits and vegetables that we didn’t really want to eat. Of course we assume this is for good reason, but it’s so rare for people to be able to actually point out why it is. What’s in plants that’s so much better for us? Why can’t we get the same nutrients from other things? As it turns out, the key to it all is fiber, making fiber foods that are rich in this nutrient an important part of anyone’s diet and digestive lifestyle.

Unlike most nutrients, fiber arrives essentially unchanged in the colon, rather than being absorbed by the intestines or the stomach. There are two primary uses your body has for this fiber: firstly, to provide roughage for comfortable passing of stools, and secondly, to provide nutrition to the bacteria that naturally inhabit your colon. Therefore, if you’re having trouble on the toilet or having other digestion-related ills, one of the first things you should consider is increasing your fiber intake. This is, of course, provided that you don’t already have sufficient fiber intake, but few people other than vegetarians do, these days.

While we mostly associate bacteria with negative things, there are many millions of good bacteria in everyone’s colons. These bacteria help to fight disease and promote healthy consistency of stools. If you didn’t have them, you’d be in a great deal of trouble, which is why enemas are not generally recommended by doctors as a do-it-yourself health procedure.

So what should you eat to get the fiber you need for a healthy gut? There are a lot of things, in fact. Many vegetables are higher in fiber than others, such as artichokes, various types of beans, and corn. Wheat-derived products are also helpful, but the processed white style of bread is not, and should be avoided in favor of whole wheat breads. Many nuts are also viable fiber sources. So if you don’t care for your vegetables, don’t worry, there are plenty of other choices.

While planning your dietary considerations, don’t forget that there are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Your body requires both for healthy maintenance, so plan to get both in roughly equal amounts. Some foods will have more of one than the other, or may be composed almost wholly of one or the other. But the aforementioned artichokes split it at fifty-fifty, making them an easy choice for your fiber foods. So long as you get what you need, it doesn’t really matter where you get it.

Comments (0)September 5th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Detox For Weight Loss

Fasting Is The Quickest Way To Lose Weight

Those who wish to use fasting for fat loss will frequently have two basic, overriding questions when they begin: How long shoud they fast, and how often? These are questions without easy answers, but if you’re willing to consider all the factors and move through it patiently, you’ll certainly find the answer that’s correct for you. Some general guidelines, however, are applicable to all individuals, and it is helpful rules like these that we’ll use to show you the correct method to fast. And it doesn’t matter if you’re using water fasting diets, detox fasting, or some other form of fasting..
. these foundational principles apply to all of it!

There’s no mystery behind fasting for individuals who want to lose fat. It’s really intuitive: you stop eating and keep yourself fueled having a minimum amount of liquids, forcing your entire body to adjust by burning off body fat. Nevertheless, done improperly it will cause your health to degrade rapidly. And you definitely shouldn’t try a fast whilst maintaining a physically demanding lifestyle! Thus, fasting is best carried out by those who can afford to not tire themselves out frequently. If you’re on an exercise regimen, you may need to drop it for a little while to fast properly. One way around this would be to fast regularly, but in short periods. By fasting once every two or more days, you can work it into your normal schedule safely. However, while this is superb for temporary weight loss, it’s not always greatest for long term fat loss.

You need to begin by understanding that a fast has to last longer than twelve hours to be effective at losing weight. That’s simply because the body use body fat as its first, preferential fuel source. It has to burn through several other sources very quickly, and only by the time twelve hours have passed will it finally begin utilizing fat. Precisely how long you are able to fast depends on your body type, and how much fat you have stored up. People with much more overall body fat will be able to fast for a lot longer than somebody having a skinny, light build. You might be surprised at how long you can last… you’re definitely not going to die from just a few days, and in most cases not even from a week or two. Even thirty or forty days isn’t out from the question for those prepared for it!

The signal to end your fasting is when you’ve lost nearly all your fat, and your appetite is sharply increasing. This is really a message from your entire body telling you that it requires food soon, because it is almost out of reserves. Obey your entire body, and give it what it wants. Most of the time, you’ll have broken your fast voluntarily far before this ever becomes an issue. So do not be afraid of fasting… it can be your friend, if you’re willing to let it be.

Comments (0)September 2nd, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Everything Abs (Abdominals)

Try This Little Trick To Get Incredible Abs

Incredible abs: almost every man secretly wants them, and most women wish they had a man with them. But they seem so completely impossible for the typical man to attain! Yet, the principles behind getting truly ripped abs aren’t as unobtainable as you’d think. By understanding the role balance has to play in the development of our core muscles, you can exercise relatively little to get a lot of ab growth.

The torso contains quite a lot of important muscles, but the visually obvious one that you’re thinking of when you think of ‘abs’ is the rectus abdominus. The job of this muscle isn’t to keep you upright, but to keep the spine bent forward when you want it bent. However, by making it more difficult to keep yourself balanced, you can put more pressure on your rectus abdominus.

Why would you want to do that? Because the more pressure you put on that muscle, the faster it grows, assuming a healthy fitness regimen. Crunches and situps are what you’re probably trying to get your abs ripped with… but it’s not working too well, is it? And that’s because those kinds of exercises don’t destabilize your balance enough to make your rectus abdominus work hard. To get that necessary destabilization, you need equipment.

This equipment can be as simple and cheap as an exercise ball, or it can be a fabulously expensive and efficient captain’s chair. There are several other machines for similar purposes that can all typically be found in any well-equipped gym. If you don’t want to buy these things, how about a gym or fitness club membership instead? The point with all these items is all the same: keep your body moving on a simple, basic series of movements as exercise while your primary stability is deprived of you. There’s no way to really work out your abs without forcing them to work out, by deliberately placing them in a situation that deprives them of their usual crutches.

This is obviously harder work than doing a few crunches in the morning every day. The advantages, however, are scientifically proven and objectively outweigh doing more exercise in a less efficient way. Especially when combined with just some light, basic fat-melting cardio, you’ll find that these techniques can give you wonderful abs quicker than you would have thought possible.

So get out there and give it a try, if you dare. Those dreams abs don’t have to remain a dream forever.