Would you like a flat stomach? I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t!
If I had a pound for every time, I get asked how to get a flat tummy I’d be one rich woman. So I’ve decided to hit the nail on the head and do a blog on this very topic.
To trim your waistline you have to have a basic understanding of how the abdominal muscles function and how your body burns fat. You might already have toned strong abs, but if there’s a layer of fat hiding them, they won’t be visible. It’s that simple.
All of us already have a flat stomach. It just gets hidden by this excess fat. Fat is excess calories and is primarily stored in layers above the muscle. Muscle cannot turn into fat and fat cannot turn into muscle. However, you can lose muscle and you can gain fat. That’s what happens to most people especially as they get older. If your goal is to have a flat stomach, the first thing you need to do is to reduce the extra layers of fat.
You cannot spot fat reduce. Some folks are genetically blessed with very even fat distribution, but the majority of people will have stubborn fat pockets or receptors where they hold fat. The only way to get rid of these and achieve a flat tummy is to get lean.
The other bummer is that for alot of people “lower” abdominal fat is the last to go. If you think about it, most people appear leaner in the upper abdomen region first and not the lower. This is quite common.
Achieving that toned trimmed waistline comes down to these 3 proven strategies:
- Clean Diet + Stable Blood Sugars
Having a squeaky clean diet and especially keeping your blood sugar levels stable is top of my list. This will make it much easier for your body to utilise those fat stores for fuel.
To stabilise your blood sugar, you must eat little and often. I recommend every 2-3 hours. The key is to give your body only what it needs at that time. If you over feed, where do you think it’s going? Yip, body fat. So be mindful of your portion sizes.
What you fuel your body with is also important. Avoid anything that spikes your blood sugar levels such as cakes, cookies, fizzy drinks and so on. Instead, nourish your body with vegetables (especially greens), fruits, nuts, berries, whole grains, and lean proteins.
- Progressive Strength Training Including Abs
I am a huge fan of progressive strength training for many reasons. I especially love the way it revs your metabolism up for hours after exercise. This is called “afterburn” and it occurs when you exercise and take yourself beyond what you’re capable of doing i.e. you push hard. Your body then uses the next 12, 24, 36 hours to recover metabolically and that means it’s burning extra calories which helps you get lean.
Many people don’t see the abs as muscles but they very much are. Just like all other muscles in our body they need to be trained progressively working them harder each time.
The primary function of the ab muscles is to flex your torso forward. However, there are also ab muscles that flex to the side and those that rotate your torso.
To achieve a balanced, toned stomach you need to incorporate exercises that work in all these directions i.e. forward flexion, side flexion and rotation.
- Cardio Especially Short Intense Workouts
Cardio workouts are important because they can, if done correctly, increase your metabolism for hours afterwards. This means you are less likely to store any excess calories as body fat because they are more likely to be burned off by your elevated metabolism.
So lemme ask you this …
Are you happy with your progress? Your current condition? If not, I can help.
The reality is that the majority of people don’t know enough about the human body, fitness, nutrition and hormones to achieve their goals.
I recommend you start implementing the 3 strategies above. This is a great starting point which can help you take control of your metabolism and burn off excess body fat and have you looking and feeling fab.
If you would like my input, a personalised plan and advice, please call or text me on 07748298728.
Much love and appreciation