The Flat-Belly Test

Take this quiz to figure out the status of your abs. Then take it again after a few weeks to see how much you’ve improved
Add up your total points.
Your metabolism slows with age. The older you get, the less fat you burn at rest.
+2 = Younger than 25
+1 = 25–35
 -1 = Older than 35

Body Fat
The higher your fat level, the longer it’ll take to see your abs.
+2 = Below 10 percent
+1 = 10–15 percent
 -1 = Higher than 15 percent
If you skip workouts regularly, you won’t make as much progress.
+2 = Consistently work out 3 or more times per week
+1 = Two times per week
 -1 = Fewer than 2 times per week
High amounts of bad-for-you fat will derail your program.
+1 = Less than 30 percent of daily calories from fat
 -1 = 30 percent or more of daily calories from fat
Weight Lifting
Strength training is proven to help raise your metabolism and build muscle mass, including the abdominals.
+2 = Strength training w/challenging weights 3 or more times/week
+1 = Light weights 3 or more times per week
 -1 = No weight training
Interval Training
Sprinting is a high-intensity workout, burning more calories and raising metabolism.
+2 = At least one interval session per week
+0 = No intervals
+2 = Walking or doing light steady cardio exercise at least 2 days/week
+0 = Doing less than 2 days a week
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol may make you pack on abdominal fat.
+1 = Low stress
+0 = Some stress
 -1 = High stress
The classic ab exercise, but doing too many too often can work against you.
+1 = 2 or 3 crunch sessions per week
+0 = Crunch infrequently
 -1 = No crunching
 -1 = More than 3 sessions per week
Your Score
8 points or higher: On your way to a 6-pack, if you’re not there already.
3–7: Getting close
2 or lower: Gut may look like the beer truck instead.