Thursday, 29 November 2012

How To Get A Flat, Firm Stomach

First, it's important to point out that we all have abs.  Honestly, they are there but for most, they are hidden under a layer of fat.

The two key things that you need to focus on is Diet and Exercise.  This is nothing new I hear you cry!  Ok, so if you're reading this you're either struggling to get results with your current diet and exercise routine or you're looking for advice on how to start.    Read on to find out the way to get great results...

The Diet

Now since I don’t know your body type and or exactly how your individual body works. You have to listen to your body and work on managing what you need to make it work for you.

Drink lots of water  

This is one of the most important things to do. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and help you to flush out all of the toxins in your body.  A good indicator of this is your skin - you will see an improvement in the condition of your skin. Drinking water will also help to suppress your appetite so it should help to stop you snacking in between meals.   You can tell if you are drinking enough by simply looking at the colour of your pee. If it’s a dark yellow, you need to drink more. The clearer the more hydrated you are.

Eat lots of fibre 

You can find fiber in fruit and veggies.  Making sure you get enough fiber will also help clean out your body by keeping your system regular. It can also help lower your cholesterol. 

Eat 5 meals a day

Try and eat something every 3-4 hours. This will keep your metabolism going. 2 of the 5 meals should be snacks.  Keep the snacks light and healthy. Good snacks are apples and peanut butter (great on a cracker bread to stave off sweet cravings), fruit salad, granola, fat-free yogurt anything small and healthy will do. 

Get rid of all of the junk food from your home.  If it isn't there then you're far more likely to stay on track.  It doesn't take a genius to work out that if you want to lose a layer of fat off your stomach and uncover those precious abs then you can't continue to eat junk.  

One mistake people often make is not eating. This won’t work and it’s not good for your health. It's true what they say - breakfast is the most important meal of the day so make sure you eat some. You should be hungry in the morning if you are eating light before bed and working out.

The Exercise

Cardio. Cardio, cardio, cardio...  You can't avoid it I'm afraid!  You can do anything just get moving for 30 mins a day, do more if you can. More is better. Any activity that raises your heart rate will help.  Mix it up to keep it interesting - you could play squash one day and go jogging the next.  If you are new to cardio start walking and eventually start jogging.

Ab workouts. After doing a cardio workout is the ideal time to do some abdominal exercises. You are in the workout mood and your body is warmed up and ready to go. There are so many ab exercises out there but I really like the exercises in the video below.

Really push it. That’s how you get stronger. When you feel like stopping do just a little longer.

Uncovering your abs is not going to be an easy task - stick with it!  Don't stop! You have to keep working on it. Once you get into the habit things get a lot easier.  Good Luck!

If I get enough comments on this new post, I'll post a pic of my own abs to show you that this really works!!

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