Think doing a hundred more crunches will do the trick? Think again. These tips should help get your tummy trim in no time.
1. Food combining
Eat fast digesting foods before the slow digesting ones! Meat and dairy can stay in your system for 48 hours, taking quite a while to digest and eliminate. However, fruits can take 15 minutes to two hours to digest! Melons are the quickest with their high water content. So imagine this: Miss Melon, in a SUV convertible, speeding down a one-lane highway, going 85 mph. Mr. Protein is two miles ahead in a John Deere tractor going 15 mph. This one-lane highway is exactly like your digestive tract. Once Miss Melon catches up with Mr. Protein, it is going to cause fermentation of the fruit, which leads to carbon dioxide production, gas, bloating and a big bloated belly. So, enjoy those fast digesting foods like fruits and vegetables, and try and eat the slow digesters like fats and proteins later or for dinner.
2. Cut the Salt
Recommendations are to reduce sodium intake, anyway, so you really should probably kick it. Salt retains water. This water weight can look really floppy on the body. When you cut the salt you might lose weight. Sweat it out! Also, salt distorts the taste buds. The more you eat the more you’re going to think you need to add it to everything. People who rarely use salt are very sensitive to taste. Try it out.
3. Ditch Useless Abdominal Exercises
People bust @$$ trying to get a six-pack when they have this thick layer of fat hanging out on top. What will get your abs to show is actually aerobic exercise. If you want to get a flat tummy, go for cardio like jogging, biking, dancing or playing sports. Aerobic exercises will help to lose the weight gradually so that you become leaner all around to get all of your muscles to show more, including those abs! Spot reduction is a myth. Doing 100 squats a day won’t trim thunder thighs, they actually increase the muscle mass on the legs which adds weight. Same goes for the midsection. Move your body, get your heart rate up and you’re bound to see results.
If you’re walking around with your shoulders down, gut hanging out – then your gut is going to be hanging out! Chin up. Shoulders down and back.Tuck that belly button into your spine. Sitting at your desk? Same deal!
5. Shift Your Focus to Health
Quit staring at your belly and start striving for a healthy lifestyle. If you make overall health and fitness your goal, a tight, flat tummy is bound to follow. How are you feeling? Instead of staring in the mirror and wishing for one small part of you to change, think of the big picture.
6. Take Care of Yourself
If you’re not eating enough healthy fruits and vegetables and sleeping enough then you won’t have enough energy to be active and live a life you love! You are already magnificent and beautiful in every way. Treat your body the way it deserves to be treated!
Excited!? Me, too. See you out running. Your beautiful healthy self and your trim tight tummy awaits!