Getting abs in 30 days is one of the most common goals in fitness. A month feels like a while after all, right? Getting abs in that much time can't be that hard? Sadly, it's just not the case. Although it is possible if you're in the perfect position to do it, for the vast majority of people especially new to fitness, it just cannot be done. That's for multiple reasons too.

To really understand what we're talking about, we mean that there are certain conditions that have to be met. Several things have to be present for you to have visible abs, and you need to work towards them all to reach the milestone no matter how quickly it happens. Let's take a look.

You need to be seriously lean

Woman training her abs

If you are going to try to get yourself six pack abs in 30 days, you need to be seriously lean before you even try it. The main way that you can actually develop visibly toned abs is to have very low body fat percentages.

Your stomach area is one of the easiest places to build up fat deposits naturally, and so it’s one of the hardest and one of the last places that you will be able to get visible muscle. Remember that targeted fat loss is a myth too! You can't lose fat in just one place no matter what exercise you do.

You need the Diet t Back it up

Woman pushing away junk food

The next big point to remember is that diet is essential to getting abs, especially if you have a month to do it. That's where the phrase abs are made in the kitchen comes from. The bodyfat we mentioned above is so hard to lose and so easy to gain that you really need to watch your caloric intake. The amount of food that you would have to substitute is likely going to be unsustainable for a natural and realistic diet.

Even if you did manage to get the six-pack in the 30-day window, the chances of you being able to keep it up are incredibly slim. You'd likely actually put on more weight with the change in your metabolic rate from making such drastic changes. Time isn't a factor!

You Need Strong Abs

Woman performing bicycle crunches

For real definition, as well as your diet, you, of course, need to train your abs. You'll need to be doing an incredibly intensive workout on a regular basis, daily for sure, and for vast amounts of time. It's always easier to see muscles that have been trained and have more mass.

If your abs aren't already strong going into this scheme, it's probably just not going to happen for you. Even if it does, it's going to be dramatically time-consuming to really power through both upper and lower ab workouts. Diet and exercise together are your only chance though.

You Need to Maintain Your Abs Too

Person performing mountain climbers

The combination of the two factors means that it is near impossible to do unless you're already in good shape and need to make minimal changes. In the incredibly rare case that you could manage it, maintaining it would be near impossible.

Making dramatic lifestyle changes for a month can be taxing. Really taxing, not just a challenge you can live with. Unless you can keep all this hard work up, even if slightly less dramatically, you'll lose them after you get them too, Getting abs in a 30 days takes hardcore diets and training, and that's not always sustainable and healthy, especially if you don't enjoy it.

If it were as easy as that...

Woman fatigued on the floor after training

When you think about it more rationally, even though there are so many of these programmes, you need to keep logical. If it were really that easy to do, everyone would have a six pack already.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to fitness, no matter what it is you are trying to do! If you want toned abs, then you need to work for them properly like you would muscle definition anywhere else. It might be sad news, but it's true. Do it healthily and be patient.

Train smart, it will happen eventually.

Man looking disappointed in a gym

Ultimately, it’s just not feasible. It’s possible if you are already pretty lean and in very good shape, but even then it’s doubtful. Changes to your body and your fitness take time. Imagine trying to build up muscle anywhere else on your body? It takes more than a month. If you make irrational goals because you want a quick fix, you are probably not motivated enough to actually work for it and trying and failing will demotivate you even further.

If you take anything away from this and you really do want to develop toned abs, train for them. Train smart, eat smarter and play the long game if you want a chance at getting and maintain abs. It will likely even happen on its own from a good overall fitness plan rather than you just focussing on your abs.

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