A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 15, 2012
“Great abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym”

"Abs are made in the kitchen” is a bodybuilding saying that has been put on posters and other items. The saying implies that great abdominal muscles can be developed through proper diet more than any gym exercise.

“Great abs are made in the kitchen” has been cited in print since at least October 2001.


Wikipedia: Rectus abdominus muscle
The rectus abdominis muscle, also known as the “six pack”, is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the human abdomen (and in some other animals). There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba (white line). It extends from the pubic symphysis, pubic crest and pubic tubercle inferiorly to the xiphoid process and costal cartilages of ribs V to VII superiorly.

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Salty Crab
Oct 23, 2001
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There’s a saying around my gym, “great abs are made in the kitchen”

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joni
Dec. 28, 2001
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You cannot spot reduce ~ its overall bodyfat you need to shed & build some muscle by lifting weights combined with cardio (muscle burns fat) ~ great abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym ~ ab ‘doer’s’ are *donothings* for working your ab muscles ~ have a read at this site for some tips on what you should be eating & what exercises may help:
http://www.fatlosstips.com/

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LC Sponge
Tue, Jan-15-02, 17:44
Hey Erin - no problem - I want to fiddle with another 3 pounds. I can’t get rid of the arm rests on my waistline thru exercise - and I read that “great abs are made in the kitchen not the gym”.

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Strength and Power Training for Martial Arts
By Martina Sprague
Hartford, CT: Turtle Press
2005
Pg. 157:
Others say that any exercise that involves the ab muscles (which are most movements to some degree) gives the abs enough training, and that it is unnecessary to do additional ab work. Still, others say abs are made in the kitchen, and you can get good abs only by dieting and not by training.

ABC’s Good Morning America
Jan. 3, 2006
The Abs Diet
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Dave Zinczenko, author of “The Abs Diet Get Fit, Stay Fit Plan,” said that people needed to be more realistic about weight loss. The process is not as daunting as everyone thinks. Three or four times a week at the gym is all it takes.
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In addition to exercise, Zinczenko said the key to toned abs was diet. “Abs are made in the kitchen.”

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March 2006, Men’s Health, pg. 54, col. 2:
SIX-PACK SCIENCE There’s an old saying: Abs are made in the kitchen— meaning, your diet plays a greater role in burning belly fat than you workout does. And a new study from Brazil supports that notion.

CBS News
August 27, 2009 12:40 PM
Can Exercise Make You Gain Weight?
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COMMENTS
by SunDog8259 August 28, 2009 9:17 AM EDT
She is spot on. Great abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, as the saying goes. I reached my goal weight by eating more and exercising less. Exercise is only a temporary appetite suppressor, I work out while fasting and find it can raise blood sugar.

Yahoo! Answers
The phrase “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” how true is that?
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Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Its 70% true, as everyone has abdominal muscles. In some people they are hidden by fat, a proper diet gets rid of the fat and allows the abs to be seen. You should supplement this proper diet with exercise to tone the abdominal muscles and to help rid the body of fat. Also its not really as important the amount of food, they eat alot but its usually healthy food. As long as you eat healthy the proportions of the food matter less, though they are still important.

Going to the gym is never a waste of time, you can burn off some of that food you just ate. Just make sure that you never work your abs two days in a row. Allow 24-48 hours between abdominal workouts to achieve optimal results.

Good luck!
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Posted by Barry Popik
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I agree with the quote...somewhat...They start in the kitchen and then “roll-out” to the gym. There’s no point exercising all day then eating a couple Mars bars or vice versa. I red a good review how to lose belly fat fast about a product that Neil frost created. I highly recommend it because it is what helped me lose weight.

Posted by Abdullah  on  08/28  at  02:50 PM

All experts believe diet is paramount if you want those abs to appear.

Posted by Ricky  on  08/28  at  03:40 PM

Yup, It’s so common to make abs in gym but it sounds harsh that someone make great abs in the kitchen. But definitely, it is good to keep yourself fit and fine at home.

Posted by healthy meal plans to burn your fat  on  08/31  at  01:18 AM

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Posted by Franklin Bob  on  09/06  at  08:07 AM

There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba (white line). It extends from the pubic symphysis, pubic crest and pubic tubercle inferiorly to the xiphoid process and costal cartilages of ribs V to VII superiorly.

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To get perfect abs do work daily with perfect
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Posted by Schaumburg fitness  on  09/19  at  07:29 AM

If you want your abs to be visible you need pay attention to your diet and eliminate refined carbohydrates.

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Posted by Liam Neeson  on  09/21  at  10:54 AM

When it comes to getting six-pack abs, diet is definitely important, I’d say it represents 80% of the work. Of course you still need to train in order to develop your abdominal muscles but without a proper eating plan you won’t be able to see them. Eat more protein, vegetables and healthy fats, reduce your carbohydrate intake, and watch your calories.

Posted by Paleo Diet Books  on  09/22  at  01:20 AM

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Posted by male weight loss  on  09/22  at  04:11 PM

Nice info! This is a nice post. I am looking for that kind of info. I will build my belly like six pack . But I don’t know how can I build up. May I suggest to you?

Posted by Alfred Norman  on  09/22  at  11:17 PM

Is that true? This is a new thing to me. I think it is important but not actually too much like this. Maybe this is a right method for me too.

Posted by Nier | Water aerobics equipment  on  09/23  at  03:17 AM

I definitely agree with you. You can do as much ab exercises as you want, but if you do not have the right diet you will not see the results you want. It all starts in the kitchen.

Posted by lose hip fat  on  09/25  at  03:28 PM

I can not agree more! i started loosing my body fat only when my diet was healthy. You can do all the exercise you want, but you wont get cut unless you eat right.

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I know it’s a cliche, but what you think is true How do exercise stomach, even when Go about your life daily your people mostly have abs strong surprisingly, just fat low their part.

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I think this is one of the main reasons why poeple gain weight after they lost is. Thanks for the post.

Posted by hoe val je snel af  on  10/10  at  03:33 PM

I couldn’t agree more. It’s so much easier to exercise a bit of self discipline and eat properly to lose weight and get those abs, rather than hitting the gym. Although combining both is clearly the best option.

Posted by Nick  on  10/16  at  08:02 AM

Actually, how it works is a proper diet is required to feel the effects of a gymn exercise. Neither is enough nor works without the other.

Posted by Matthew  on  10/20  at  06:06 PM

Going to the gym is never a pointless, you burns up up off some of that meals you just ate. Just create sure that you never perform your abs two times in a row. Allow 24-48 time between stomach exercises to accomplish maximum outcomes.
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