When you think about uncovering your abs, it’s easy to get discouraged The only people we ever see with abs seem to be celebrities and models, and it’s a lot easier to keep your belly flat when movie studios are investing millions of dollars in your midsection. So it’s not hard to fall into the mistaken belief that unless you have a personal trainer, a 2,000-square-foot home gym, a nutritionist on call, and an entourage of masseuses, abs are just plain out of reach. You look down at your spare tire—and look up at the mountain of work and family obligations coming at you each day—and think, “My abs are gone, and I’ll never see them again.”
But I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. How do I know? Because helping you find your abs is my job. As editor-in-chief of Men’s Health, editorial director of Women’s Health, and author of the bestselling Eat This, Not That! book series, I’ve been analyzing health, fitness, and nutrition information for the better part of two decades. In that time, I’ve seen diet and exercise fads come and go. (Remember the lowfat craze? The low-carb craze? The cabbage soup diet?) I’ve tried every kind of exercise equipment, talked to
all of the leading researchers in the nutrition and fitness fields, and crunched the numbers on studies (and a number of studies on crunches!) to find the most effective ways to build the lean, flat abs that my readers are searching for.
And what I’ve learned from all that research—beyond the fact that cabbage soup tastes