How to banish your mummy tummy and lose stomach flab to reveal ABS
Losing the muffin top, love handles, mummy tummy or loose skin and flab to reveal ABS can feel like an unachievable task, I know.
Especially if you’ve had children, it can be that last ‘trouble zone’ you really wish could budge for that 'normal' feeling again.
While it can take a little more dedication to achieve than other trouble areas, with the right tips and a bit of persistence, you can get there.
Here’s my must do tips if you want to shed stomach fat and reveal your abs – it really involves a 3 pronged approach and the reason why most people fail at achieving a washboard stomach is because they are only covering 1 (which is usually just the ab workout part).
Must Do Tip #1- Only doing sit ups will never give you a six pack or shredded abs. You need to target all 4 areas of the abdominal area Obliques, Rectus Abdominals, Transverses Abdominals and Serratus Anterior) to tone, tighten, and overall shape your waist and tummy! This is why I recommend doing workouts that use a combination of specific exercises that laser target all these areas. Exercises like ab cycle, planks and ab twists to name a few are really good exercises.
Must Do Tip #2 – you need to lose body fat to reveal those abs you’ve been shaping underneath. So to do this, you need to follow a clean eating plan. You’ll need to be pretty strict on this for 2 months to give your body the consistency it needs to shed the body fat. So that means eating whole, fresh foods like beautiful fresh vegetables (as many different varieties as you can handle and lots of green and fibrous varieties like broccoli and cauliflower), lean protein throughout the day, plenty of water (aim for 3 litres), fresh fruit (limit your consumption on this though as it has more sugar than vegetables) and most importantly, cut out anything processed. And that includes alcohol, sorry!
Lastly, you may even wish to try out non-dairy based alternatives to milk, yoghurt and cheese to reduce your intake of lactose, which can contribute to bloating in some people.
Common ingredients like salt can easily bloat you and should be kept to a minimum.
All the while following your clean diet, remember that you should never under eat in the hopes of reaching your goal faster. If you feel hungry or starve yourself, your body will react by holding on to the fat that's already in your body and refusing to let it go!
It's not about eating less, but more, eating right.
Must Do Tip #3 – incorporate some High Intensity Interval Cardio Training (HIIT) into your week. My recommendation is 3 sessions. Check out this blog discussing HIIT and why it's so good for you!
HIIT involves either using a treadmill or getting outside for sprinting or some form of intense exercise. What you need to do is: sprint as fast as you can for 20 secs. Then rest for 10 second in between. Do this non stop for 20-30 minutes.
If you follow all these 3 approaches together, and stay consistent for 2 months I promise you, you will start to see dramatic changes. You will see abs too depending on how much body fat you are already carrying (for some who need to lose more body fat, it will take longer).
I guess another benefit to following the above is, you will not just see dramatic changes in your ABS, but your whole body too. That’s because you can’t ‘spot train’ areas. Again, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking to get abs the just need to do more sit ups – it doesn’t work that way and you MUST do all of the 3 things I’ve outlined above.
For those of you ready and eager to see those abs:
Start planking, get cooking and start sprinting!
Comment below to let me know how you're going! ;-)
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