Abs might be made in the kitchen, but that only tells half the story of why so many people perform endless abs exercises and still don’t see the results they want.
Just because you focus time and effort on a particular body part—more planks and crunches— doesn’t mean your body will respond the way you want. While genetics will always play a factor in how you look, your biggest problem is not your DNA; it’s the exercises you select and how you activate your muscles while performing them.
Dehydration is one of the most popular practices weight-class athletes and bodybuilders use to help shed the last few pounds. In a quest to make weight or come in with a more defined physique, athletes will restrict water intake, perform cardio in head-to-toe sweats, or melt away in a sauna, all in an effort to sweat out an extra pound or two.
While you may see the number on the scale go down, or a little more definition in your muscles, dehydration can have a significant impact on your performance. If you want your muscles to work properly, you need to keep them hydrated.