Health + Beauty

The Abs-solute Truth

[This post was originally published on my old blog]

When you have a nagging question, I believe you should always go to the person you feel is in the best position to give you the best answer. Enter, the-fittest-person-I-know-in-real-life: my cousin Jeremy. I talked about him yesterday – the Strikeforce fighter. If I have a workout/fitness question, I’m going to ask him first. Have you seen the muscles on those guys? Right. Well, after watching his fight and seeing the parade of muscles from all the other fighters too, I decided I wanted some of my own (but the girly version) so here’s how the email conversation went down:

cousin pre-fight medical check


{personal email stuff deleted for privacy and sappiness}

ME: What does one do and/or eat to get the abs of an MMA fighter? :) Is it more training? Do you eat really clean? Okay, so I don’t exactly aspire to a full-on 6-pack, but I am trying to lose the rest of this weight (40 lbs gone already!) and I figured asking the fittest person I know what he does to stay in shape is a good starting point. :)

JEREMY: It’s more about all the workouts i do. I burn enough calories to where I can eat pretty much anything I want. But for the most part I try to eat pretty clean. Drinking a cold glass of water in the morning with help raise your metabolism. Working out in the morning is good for raising your metabolism throughout the day. And try to stay away from any sugar.Thanks for coming out and showing your support!

ME: So what you’re telling me is … there’s NOT a magic pill?? … Crap.

I’d like to point out a few things here.

  1. When a fit, healthy person says “I can eat whatever I want,” they DO NOT mean, “I eat donuts and triple-cheeseburgers with fries all day long.” They choose healthy foods. Dare I say, they want healthy foods.
  2. Eating clean is good for you.
  3. Drink water. Drink lots of water.
  4. Move your body and work your muscles. I don’t have the time, energy, or want to train for hours everyday like he does, but I can do more than I think I can – and I can lift more than I think I can.
  5. Sugar is like crack.
  6. Next summer, when I hope we have another family reunion-vacation, I will arm wrestle him, and I will win… or at least give it a really good try.
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