The #Truth on ABS
By: Cory Gregory
The MISCONCEPTION OF WATER & ABZ
Here are some of the typical things that I hear people say:
- I am holding some water in my abs, so that’s why I don’t look that great today.
- I just need to drop that water weight.
- Can I drop some water before I hit this vacation?
Earlier in my life, I weighed 240 lbs. I also have been on the other end of the spectrum at 165 lbs. I have had no abs, I’ve had cellulite, and on the other hand, I now have abs that are cover ready, deep and absurd. Water retention is definitely going to play an integral part in how cut your abs turn out.
It’s important to note that most of the time that I hear these statements in the gym, I usually will hear the same question of “what is your diet and conditioning like?” Unfortunately, most of the time people are impatient with the process, and I try to tell them in a nice way that they just aren’t lean enough yet.
This being said, I know how to manipulate my water weight to be bloated to be stronger, or to be dry and ripped. The key prerequisite that everyone seems to be missing is that your body fat has to be low enough to achieve that chiseled look. There is no question that if you eat high carbs and sodium, that you will retain much more water than normal, and the final result is you looking puffy. Sure there are other diet choices that will do this too, but these two factors are worthy of pointing out.
Dropping water weight is generally not a smart idea, and in most cases is a temporary fix to an issue. One particular instance would be prior to vacation. Most people drink alcohol on vacations. Pairing together drinking alcohol along with cutting water weight is going to end up with you being severely dehydrated. So, what I would suggest is to get your diet and conditioning tightened way up way beforehand, because this will make you look and feel even better.
Properly using this concept is crucial to understand and should not be abused. Dropping water for a shoot or powerlifting competition is obviously an exception, but it is not something that should be occurring regularly. You should evaluate your body first, focus on body fat, and then finally get into the subject of water retention. Please use caution with your water balance in your body, and remember if you eat well and keep your conditioning up, things will take care of themselves.
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