Updated: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:45:00 GMT | By Tom Fontaine, Ed Soluk

How to flatten your stomach for life

It's the bodily feature that most men would die for - a rock-hard set of abs. Here's how to get them.


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It's the bodily feature that most men would die for - a rock-hard set of abs that make you look like an extra from the movie 300.

Fortunately, getting - and then maintaining - a six-pack is not as hard as you might think. After all, we all have one, it's just that some of us choose to hide it under 50 pounds of excess blubber.

Read on for our expert guide to unleashing your inner six-pack and forging a washboard stomach that will stay with you for life.

Understand your stomach fat

Before you can commit to getting rid of your gut, you need to know why it's there in the first place.

Fitness trainer Gavin Walsh says: "Men are predisposed to storing excess fat around the waist, and when this is combined with a poor diet it's obvious why men struggle with their trouser size.

"Too much processed food and alcohol means many men consume more calories than their body actually requires. This surplus energy is either burned off through exercise or stored as fat and with so few men working out regularly it is usually the latter."

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