Yep, you read the title correctly. I said that you DON'T want abs. Absurd, huh?
Nope, not really.
Everyone these days is obsessed with getting a six-pack. Ever since 'strong' became the new 'skinny' (#strongnotskinny), people (mostly women) think that having abs is the key to solving all of life's problems.
Well I'll let you into a little secret.... it isn't.
And before I start, let me point out that there is a hugeeeee difference between have a nice bit of ab definition and having actual 'abs' or a '6-pack'.
So why don't you want a 6-pack?
1) Having abs won't instantly make you happy
People seem to think that having abs means they'll suddenly feel good about themselves and all those body confidence issues will go away. 'I'll be happy/confident once I have abs'. Is this really true? If your happiness is defined by having abs then you need to re-think your goals and motivations in life. There is SO much more to happiness then having a 6-pack. Learn to love your body the way it is and love yourself in your own skin. THAT will make you a lot happier than having abs will, and it will last a lot longer too.
2) Having abs might mean losing some friends
Unless you are genetically gifted, most women don't naturally have abs. And to get abs, it normally means sacrificing a lot of social events. You have to limit alcohol intake and eating out would be very difficult due to all the oil the food is normally cooked in. Obviously some people find it easier to get ab definition than others, but for the majority of women, it would leave a huge dent in your social life. And what happens if you keep saying 'no' to things? People stop inviting you! Don't be that boring person who never goes out because they want to get abs.
3) Having abs means cutting out certain foods
Love pizza? Or burgers, crisps, chocolate, sweets, toast etc (you get where I'm going with this). Living a fit and healthy lifestyle means there is room for these kinds of foods because restriction is NOT healthy. If you want abs on the other hand, you are probably going to have to cut most high calorie/low nutrition foods out of your diet for the most part. You will still be able to eat them every now and again, but once a month just doesn't cut it for me.
4) Having abs doesn't mean you are healthy
This is a really important point. People often think that having abs means they are healthy but this is NOT always true. It is completely dependent on the person in question - some people may get abs when they are still a healthy body fat % whereas others might have to drop their weight way too low before they get abs (e.g. me - I have an apple body shape which means I hold weight around my stomach. Therefore, if I had abs, I would have to be VERY lean on the rest of my body parts). Being healthy is NOT defined by having abs.
5) Having abs won't make you a better person
I think the reason that a lot of people want abs is to trying to impress the opposite sex. They think that having abs will make them instantly more attractive. If you think this, PLEASE change your mind. Right now. If you think that the only way to get someone to like you is to get abs, then you are wrong. Your personality and brains is SO much more important than abs. Be funny, be kind and be compassionate. That is so much more attractive. Focus on something else - do a good deed for a stranger or pay someone a compliment because it may make their day or even week. There is so much more to life than having abs.
So I hope I have been able to convince you that you don't want abs. I know it's controversial but hey, that's why I'm here!
NOTE: I am NOT saying that people who already have abs have no friends, are bad people, are unhealthy and so on. I'm just simply pointing out what it may take to get to that point for a lot of people (mostly women).
Do you agree with my opinion? I'd love to hear your thoughts!