Washboard abs are everyone’s dream, and guess what? It’s not as impossible as it seems to go from flabs to abs if you follow these pointers and stick with them.
It won’t help to become a compulsive gym junkie or a diet freak. One doesn’t work without the other, so you need to eat smart and exercise right. Starve yourself and your fat-burning leptin levels will fall, slowing down weight loss. Similarly, exercise won’t help unless you correct your diet. So, combine both and watch that tummy go down.
2. Straighten Up
Stand up straight. There, you look slimmer already! But that’s not all. A good posture automatically tones your stomach muscles, and regular posture-building exercises are definite tummy fat-busters.
3. Drink On
Dehydration can actually cause your body to hoard water, especially around your middle. So drink up to reduce bloating. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning also helps alkalize your body, thereby detoxing your system and burning fat. Reaching for some water already, aren’t you!
4. Chew on This
Take time to chew your food; at least 10 times before you swallow. This saves your stomach the heavy lifting that could lead to indigestion and consequently, gas. Also, the faster you eat, the more air you swallow, and that gets you bloated too.
5. Cardio Works
There’s nothing like a brisk 30-minute walk to get your metabolism buzzing. In fact, traditional exercises have been found to be more effective in burning fat around your waist than the fancy machines that promise the same. Also, while abs exercises help define your muscles, cardio is a must for weight loss in general. Get speedy results with high intensity interval training, the best there is for burning belly fat.
6. Go Pro
To keep your general digestive system in order, and by extension, your stomach flat, nutritionists suggest eating a daily serving of probiotic-rich foods such as buttermilk, yogurt, kimchi and miso. Probiotics are simply good bacteria that assist in breaking down food, thereby eliminating the bloating that can arise from indigestion.
7. Food For Thought
Your tummy trimming diet should be rich in fibre and antioxidants, and have a low glycemic index to provide energy in a steady flow over a longer period. A breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries fits the bill, as does a salmon lunch, a lettuce salad and almonds.
8. Stress No More
Stress signals the release of cortisol, which increases fat storage around your stomach. So find your zen and relax!
9. Tone Up
The Body Firm’s non-invasive body toning solutions (TBF) burns stubborn fat, sculpts the body, improves muscle tone and reveals a sleek, lean physique in no time. Perfect for busy urbanites with a packed timetable (A 17-minute session of TBF is equivalent to the effect of 300 sit-ups or 400 buttock raises!)
Of course, you’re smart, so you’re already avoiding fattening foods and those that cause bloating – like beans, cabbage, broccoli, dairy products and fizzy drinks. Just include these other tips into your lifestyle, and you’ll be bidding that muffin top goodbye in no time!