“I want a flatter tummy &/or smaller waistline” This is the top request of my female clients.
Most are insecure with their stomach area. I have been there and understand completely the feelings. I assure that you are beautiful the way you are! Self love is the MOST important part of your journey!!! We have been programed to believe that a tight and toned stomach is the end all and be all of beauty. It is nice to have and look at, but is not what defines you and certainly is not what makes you beautiful.
With that being said, I know many still desire a flat and toned tummy. It has taken me years to figure out what exactly works and what does not. There are tips, but I assure you it is much simpler than you thought.
One ~ You Can Not Spot Reduce. Many believe that you can do sit ups and crunches to rid yourself of belly fat. This is actually false. Although I do support doing ab and core work to strengthen your abs and give them shape, doing them will not make your stomach flatter or waist line smaller, until you lose the access fat that is covering them, you will not be able to see the fruits of your labor. I recommend doing some cardio to burn access calories. I personally like steady state. getting your heart rate between 125-140. Here are some great ab workouts that will help you sculpt your abs and also burn calories.
These are great for your obliques and help make your waist line tighter. 3 sets of 20 reps. As you become more advanced, you can straighten your legs, then even move on to hanging windshield wipers.
You may not realize that this exercise is not just for a glorious butt and legs. It actually engages much of your core. Just be sure to keep your abs braced and tight throughout the movement. 3 sets of 20 reps. You can add weights as you get more advanced. Stand with feet apart and step forward into a lunge position. Keep your back leg in line with your torso and knee about 3 inches from the ground.
Lie on your back with your knees together and your legs bent to 90 degrees, feet planted on the floor. Place your palms face down on the floor for support. Tighten your abs to lift your hips off the floor as you crunch your knees inward to your chest. Pause at the top for a moment, then lower back down without allowing your lower back to arch and lose contact with the floor. 3 sets of 20 reps.
Obviously, these are just a few things that can strengthen your core and you can find variations to make them more difficult as your core strength increases.
Two ~ Abs Are Made In The Kitchen. You hear and see this a lot in the fitness industry and it is absolutely true! If you are eating crap, your body will reflect that. I am all for eating goodies, but in moderation. Learning proper portion size is something many need to work on. I like to also split my meals up into 6 or more throughout the day. This helps me to eat smaller portions and feel more satisfied throughout the day. I also recommend a high fiber and high protein diet. Many, especially women, are lacking in both. I find that most of my female clients eat a lot of non fibrous carbs, a lot of fat, and oddly enough have been starving themselves. They are usually shocked when I give them a higher calorie count. many also have a hard time hitting their protein amount with food. For this I always recommend a good quality protein powder. I love Saturn Supplement’s Women’s Pro Whey. It is a delicious tasting easy-to-digest Hydrolysate Whey Protein formula designed for women that not only provides sound nutrition, but also nourishes other elements of the body which include Hair, Skin, Nails, Eye, Heart, Strength, Muscle-Tone, and Weight Management. Due to the purity of the hydrolysate form of whey protein, Women’s Pro Whey Advantage is Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol, Lactose and Gluten-Free. It also contains a host of vital nutrients such as Vitamins, Electrolytes, Minerals and contains the richest source of whey protein which allows for maximum Amino Acid + BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) body-enriched potential. In addition, they added a 1500mg Nitric Oxide Blast per serving for enhanced cardio performance and health. It is an overall amazing protein supplement. Especially for those just getting started.
Three ~ Steer Clear Of All The Magic Pills, Wraps, Teas, Detoxes, Etc. Most of these can actually cause you to gain more of a belly back after use. they cause health problems and bloating. Advice I always heed is, If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Have patience and know that as long as you keep going, you will get results.
Four ~ DRINK YOUR WATER!!! This is one of the most over looked parts of fat loss. Many are dehydrated and they have belly bloat. It makes you weigh more and look bigger. If you drink at LEAST half your body weight in ounces, you will see dramatic differences!!! It is amazing what drinking water can do!!! Some tell me they don’t like it. To them I say, well then you don’t want it bad enough. If you want to see the changes, you will drink the water.
If you feel like you are doing all of this and still not getting results, I can help you. It is possibly just a few tweaks to your training and or diet. SBSC Fitness is running our February Love Yourself Sale! You can save up to 50% off of your online training program. Let us help you get the results you want!
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