We see them at the gym or the beach, those rock hard incredibly toned stomachs and think to ourselves, that person must have won the genetic lottery?
And if it’s not genetics, they probably had to work out religiously, Right?
If your next question is how can I get abs like that? part of that answer is below.
Having a flat stomach may seem unattainable, but in reality, it’s well within anyone’s reach. You don’t have to be a workout junkie to achieve your desired results either.
Simply paying a more attention to what you eat and what types of exercises you choose to do make all the difference. It’s still about hard work and dedication but we’ve narrowed down some key tips to help you maximize your efforts.
Here are 6 easy tips that will have you pulling up your shirt Situation-style, in no time.
6 Essential Tips For 6 Pack Abs
Limit Sugar Intake
Low sugar levels equals low insulin levels. Low insulin levels means high glucagon levels. What’s glucagon you say? It’s a hormone that uses up the fat we store for energy. Therefore, limiting the amount of sugar you eat can help you combat that stubborn belly. But cutting out sugar completely from your diet is unrealistic. So when you do eat sugar, try to make it natural. Artificial sugars can make you bloated and are less healthy than natural sugars.
Water, Water, Water
Drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day can help curb your hunger by making you feel more full. Water also helps your digestion, flushes out toxins, and reduces fluid retention, all of which will make your stomach look flatter.
Stick To Whole Grain Foods
Foods such as white bread, pasta, white rice and potatoes contain wheat that can cause bloating. Try including whole grain foods like brown rice, oats, wheat berries and whole wheat bread in your diet instead. Their high fibre content provides a low fat source of energy that will release slowly, making you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Plus less bloating!
Watch not only what you eat, but how you eat: Yes, you can even get eating wrong (Why is life SO hard?). One key element to eating properly is thoroughly chewing your food. This may seem like common sense, but our fast paced lives don’t often leave us with enough time to enjoy our meals. More chewing leads to better digestion, which minimizes gas and bloating.
Portion Size and Frequency
Eating smaller meals with snacks throughout the day will help minimize belly fat.
Why? When you go without eating for long periods of time, your body will begin to store food as fat to conserve energy. So keep healthy snacks like almonds, berries or apples around and eat every three hours to keep your metabolism on track.
Add High Intensity Exercise
It’s not just about the crunch: Let’s not forget about exercise here. Although crunches are important for achieving that flat stomach, it’s not the only move that matters. Your workout needs to engage all the muscles in your core to really make a difference. Try adding Pilates, an exercise ball, or boxing to your exercise regimen. These moves build your strength and flexibility by working your entire core, leading to more effective results.
Do you have any 6 pack abs tips we might have missed?
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