Get A Flatter Stomach Fast
If your sick of hiding your belly under baggy tops or buying your pants a size too big so your stomach won’t spill over the waistband? You’re not alone. The stomach is a major, if not the major problem area for men and women. I can’t tell you how often I’m asked for advice on how to achieve killer abs, flatten the mommy pouch or lose the love handles. If you really want to lose your muffin top for good or to finally try to score that six-pack, use these results-driven techniques and advice for helping you win the battle of the belly bulge once and for all. These exercises will bring blood and thus oxygen to these problem areas and I believe that this oxidization will help break down the fat.
First lay on your back and lift your legs and back off the ground to form a V-shape, holding your arms to the side. Keep your back and legs straight and hold the position, after 15 seconds add an arm pulse. Keep doing this for a total of 30 seconds.
The Side Elbow Plank
Start in the same position as the elbow plank (below), then turn your body to the side so that your hips are stacked above each other and straighten your arm that’s in the air. Hold this position for 60 seconds and add a hip pulse after you’ve held it for 30 seconds. Then flip and do the same on the opposite side.
The Elbow Plank
Pull your body into a plank position, and then lower yourself onto your elbows. Keep your shoulders over your elbows, make sure your abs are flat, and clench down there like you do when you do your Kegels. Remember to breathe but don’t allow your stomach or lower back to drop. Hold this for 60 seconds.
This exercise helps stretch the triceps, upper back, abdominals and oblique’s. Bend to one side, while holding your opposite arm overhead. Then quickly stretch to the other side raising the other arm. This should be done in a controlled, continuous fashion for 10 stretches on each side of your body.
Eat the Right Foods
First, let’s get something straight, all processed foods need to go. Get rid of the potato chips, microwave dinners and definitely put an end to those fast food fixes. The sodium, preservatives and sugars alone will keep your belly looking bloated and defeat your efforts. Replace the junk food with whole, quality, organic foods that are packed with healthy nutrients, not preservatives.
Cut Your Sodium Intake and Up Your Water Intake
Bloating isn’t all in your head. It’s possible to carry extra water weight in your tummy. To beat the bloat, decrease your sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day and increase your water consumption. It’s easy to start monitoring your sodium intake by reading food labels. Limiting the amount of sodium you consume will help you reduce your water retention and look leaner in your clothes.
The Basic Crunch
There’s a reason why crunches are an oldie but goodie. They’re great at flattening your abs. Lay on your back and bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor. As you exhale, draw your navel in and lift your shoulders off the ground. Inhale and release, but don’t fully relax your abs. Do this for 60 seconds.
Stand up straight with your legs shoulder-width apart and pivot your left hip out. Make your right foot perpendicular to your left, and draw the outside of your right hand to the inside of your right thigh. Move your left arm straight up into the air, and bend to the right, using your oblique’s. Then “windmill” your arms around to the opposite side. You can add dumbbells if you want more resistance. Do 15 reps on each side.