The golden question! I am here to tell you that it CAN be done. You can get the flat tummy you desire. Combine my TOP 3 tips with your hard work and motivation and I guarantee you will be full of confidence as you strut your stuff on the beach this summer!
The secret? ‘Eat clean and do the RIGHT exercises’ There is an old saying that ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ and this is 100% true. No matter what exercises you do, if you continue to eat the wrong foods you will never have the body you desire. Add to this the fact that most of us are doing the WRONG exercises and you have a recipe for disaster. Follow my 3 TOP TIPS to ensure you start seeing the changes in your tummy.
TIP 1: the 80/20 rule
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This rule refers to diet and implies that you should aim to eat clean 80% of the time. A simple way to describe eating ‘clean’ is to eat anything that a Caveman would have had access to. Natural foods supplied by mother earth… I am talking lean meats, fish, vegetables and fruit. Our bodies are designed to eat these things.
When we eat them we are loading ourselves with energy, natural proteins and bags full of healthy vitamins. Any food product that lasts LONGER THAN ONE WEEK on the shelf is to be avoided if you are serious about dropping body fat. Ditch the ready meals, processed foods and sugary snacks and you will be sure to start seeing rapid results!
TIP 2: stand up
Instantly improve the look of your tummy by standing up tall and more often.
Modern life is promoting bad posture:
– Sitting at a desk
– Sitting in our car
– Sitting on a sofa
Not only are we leaving ourselves prone to injury and on a path to long term health issues, but we are also MAKING OUR TUMMY LOOK BIGGER!
When we stand up tall our ribs move up and away from pelvis which makes our tummy look longer and flatter.
How to stand tall:
– Imagine there is a string attached to the top of your skull and someone is pulling it up and towards the sky
– Turn hands so that your palms face forwards and squeeze your shoulder blades together to open up chest
– Pull in from your belly button and activate your deep core muscles
Aim to stand up at least once every hour.
NB: If you work in an office you may have to make an excuse to get up and move!
Tip 3: work you WHOLE core
Doing JUST sit ups WILL NOT give you a flat tummy.
A traditional sit up is designed to build up the ‘six pack’ muscles at the front of our tummy. This muscle is attached to the bottom of our ribs and top of our pelvis. Over working this muscle leads to tightness, which means ‘shorter’, which also means you are promoting a BAD POSTURE (as mentioned in TIP 2) Our core consists of much more than just the ‘six pack’ muscle and if you want a flat tummy then you need to ensure your workouts are working all of these.
Print my 5-minute workout poster at the bottom of this article to ensure you are on track.
For best results aim to do this at least 3x per week and combine with some high intensity exercise.