Hello everyone, I'm new to bodybuilding.com but I've been working hard the last two and a half months at "transforming my body" as they say.
I started dieting when I weighed in at 215lbs on August 23rd, 2008. I'm not exactly sure what my body fat was at the time but I would guess around eighteen or nineteen percent. I've since lost about forty pounds. I started losing the weight in what many would call an unhealthy manner, pretty much starving myself and walking a mile or two everyday. I did this for four to five weeks and lost the first twenty-five pounds to thirty pounds.
When I did eat, I ate only small portions of salad with no dressing. I was warned several times that by doing this I would gain the weight right back, but at that point I didn't care how I lost the weight, I was just sick of being fat.
I've since begun eating healthy and have lost another ten pounds and now weigh in at 175lbs. I've read up on healthy eating, and eat mostly fruit, vegetables, tuna and drink protein shakes after I work out. I've also read that a normal person should drink eight glasses of water a day but that if you want six pack abs to drink at least sixteen, so I've been doing that for the last three or four days as well. I eat six small meals a day and work out regularly. I do fat burn in the mornings for an hour, every two to three days I throw in 15 minutes of cardio into that hour.
At night I do weight training. I have never been one who was into weight lifting all that much, so I'm not exactly experienced in this department but here is what I do. Back & Bi's one day, Chest & Tri's the next day and then Legs & Shoulders the day after that. I usually do this six days a week and then take a day off.
I also have been working my abs everyday, hoping to get those elusive six pack abs. My stomach has flattened out considerably and I can start to see my top ab muscles getting a little definition, but I still have a layer of fat maybe half an inch to an inch thick covering most of my abs.
My question is this, is it counterproductive to work your abs everyday? I've heard some say yes, and that your muscles need time to heal after your work them, that's why you work them out in groups each day. I've also heard others say no, because abs are part of your core and can be worked out everyday.
So what is the best way to maximize working your abs? Working them everyday, or letting them rest/heal and work them every other day?