Flat stomach - mission impossible?

Updated: Jul 18


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Focus on intense, total-body workouts. It's nearly impossible to get abs with targeted exercises when there is a layer of fat on top


4. VITAL TIPS FOR A MORE FLAT STOMACH


1. FOCUS ON INTENSE TOTAL-BODY WORKOUTS

It’s nearly impossible to get abs with targeted exercises when there is a layer of fat on top. It’s better to focus on total-body workouts, like high-intensity interval training Tabata or (HIIT) these types of high-intensity-training will recruit many muscle groups at the same time. This will result in more calories burned and more overall body fat lost. When you are working out at an intensity level that is challenging for you, you don’t need to spend hours working out.


2. GET THAT CORE STRONG

The best exercise to strengthen your core is the Plank! And when your core is strong, you will get stronger overall. You will have better form and be more fit for all types of activities. So get to know and love this exercise, as well as many other exercises that challenge your core. Not only does the Plank hit the core muscles hard, it also helps you improve your balance and strengthens your back and chest. Even your legs have to do some work.

Make it your mission to try a plank variation during every single workout. Once you start getting a feeling for your abdominal muscles, you will feel much more confident about your midsection.


3. STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL

This might get a “(NO NO)” from You, but it’s really important. Not only is alcohol full of empty calories, it also releases estrogen into the bloodstream which, in excess, can cause you to put on weight. If you’re really serious about getting a flat belly for summer, keep your alcohol intake to a minimum.


4. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EATING HABITS

I say this to all my clients! You can not train away a bad diet. Your eating habits are most important here. Change your diet and Try to follow these tips:


  • Get rid of all the processed foods, microwave dinners, fast food, chips. All the extra sugar and sodium will surely prevent you from getting rid of the belly pooch. Do not forget- sugar is hidden in many foods where you wouldn’t expect it.


  • Think whole foods: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and heart-healthy fats! For example; The healthy fruity quinoa seed is perfect for a salad.


  • Drink plenty of water. This will prevent that bloating and help boost your metabolism. Some other drinks can help you reduce your belly bloat, too.


The bottom line

Getting a flat stomach is not an overnight project!, but it’s not an impossible mission :)

Before deciding that you really want to go for it, be aware that it will likely require bigger changes in your nutrition and current lifestyle. If you start working out, take control of your eating habits, reduce alcohol intake, and strengthen your core! Then you will already be much more confident on the beach :)

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