A flat belly… it’s like the Holy Grail.
While I commend people for wanting to feel healthy and look good there is also an under-belly (no pun intended!) of fad tricks that are just plain unhealthy.
Don’t Do These…
Myth #1: Take diet pills to speed results.
I know it’s so tempting! The ads make compelling claims about the power of popping a pill, but don’t fall for it. There is no ‘magic pill’. Diet pills are more likely to burn through your pocketbook than to slim you down. If there were such a thing as a “magic pill” it would be available on every street corner and everyone would be taking it!
Myth #2: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.
Excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. In order to achieve a toned look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your belly. There is no way to reduce body fat of a particular area. Instead you have to lower overall body fat, and crunches are NOT fat burning.
Myth #3: Turn to packaged diet products to boost results.
Don’t fall for the foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. Quite often these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need, and certainly won’t help you attain that tight tummy. In fact, these “meals” are often detrimental to your end goals.
Myth #4: Avoid dietary fats in order to achieve tight abs.
Fats have been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat healthy fats while slimming down. The key is to avoid hydrogenated fats, trans fats and an abundance of omega 6 fats.
Myth #5: Starve the chub away.
Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective it can also be dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.
Instead Do These…
Now that you know what not to do in order to achieve tight abs, it’s time to go over your flat belly game plan. Here’s what you need to know in 3 simple steps:
Step One: Abs are made in the Kitchen! No more junk!
The best way to do this is by purging your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your abs depend largely on what you eat – don’t eat junk!
Step Two: Eat whole foods.
Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of the following: organic vegetables and fruits, hormone/antibiotic free beef, chicken & turkey, wild caught fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, grass fed butter and any other foods that have only “1” ingredient-that’s what whole foods are.
Eat a protein, veggies and salads with healthy fats at each meal. Some people need a lot of protein and a little veggies and salads while others need a lot of veggies and salad and a small amount of protein. Either way, clean eating really is that simple.
Step Three: Workout with intention.
It’s no secret that for most people working out feels like a punishment. Find a plan that excites you and intrigues you. It could be walking, running, biking, dancing, lifting weights or kickboxing, just find what form of exercise is enjoyable to you. It could be working out with a trainer who can use a variety of training modalities to expedite your results or joining a group class that has a lot of variety with your friends.
Visit lifeclubsfivetowns to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us. We’ll work out a plan to reach your goals and ensure that you’re focusing on what matters and leaving the rest of the confusing stuff behind.