You lose weight you reveal abs, simple as that. So if you have a high body fat, the abs won’t show up on matter how much you work out. To lose fat you need to intake less calories. Once your body fat falls below 14 % for women or 8 % for men, abs would begin to become visible.
You cannot spot reduce. What this means is that you cannot pick certain areas to reduce fat. You need to lose fat; it will come off from all parts of your body, not just specific areas.
1) Create calorie deficit dieting plan You should create calorie deficit dieting plan. In other words you should intake less calories and burn more to lose weight. You need to work out how many calories you need to consume daily for weight loss. Your diet should have higher protein intake, moderate carbohydrates and minimum fat intake. You should cut on excess sugars and excess saturated fats as these majorly contribute to unnecessary calories.
2) Optimal and timely eating pattern To speed up rate of metabolism one should take 5-6 small meal intakes on proper intervals in a day keeping in mind nutrients per serving.Have your last meal at least 3 hours before you go to sleep.
3) Start Exercising At least 3 times a week perform some cardiovascular exercises. As long as it keeps your heart at elevated rate it will speed your fat loss by increased metabolism.
Secondly, perform certain ab exercises on regular basis. Two main exercises are Crunches and Reverse Crunches.
There is no trade-off between pleasure and health. If you eat and work this way you can have both lose weight and get hard abs.