Have you always dreamed of flat abs, but just cannot seem to find the diet or exercise plan that works for you? Have you tried crunches over and over again without results? With the appropriate combination of healthy eating and regular exercise, you can achieve flat abs. Here are some tips and tricks for a healthy midsection.
Snack on Protein.
When it comes time to choose a snack, opt for a snack that is high in protein. A protein snack between the hours of three and four in the afternoon will help give you the energy you need to get through the work day and help you to feel full until dinner. Consider snacking on low-fat cheese, almonds or grab a protein bar. A late-afternoon snack helps to boost your metabolism, which will make it much easier for you to reach your goal of flat abs. A protein-packed afternoon snack will also help to balance your blood sugar levels. When you maintain low blood sugar level, your insulin levels will also remain lower. Insulin is what causes you to store extra fat in your belly region.
Reduce the Amount of Sugar You Consume.
If you want flat abs, consume as few grams of sugar on a daily basis as you possibly can. The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume the more likely you are to develop flat abs. Why? Minimizing the amount of sugar you consume helps to keep your insulin levels low and your levels of glucagon high. Glucagon is a hormone in your body that helps your body to consume fat as a source of energy.
Never Underestimate the Power of Chewing Your Food Well.
Taking time to enjoy your meal is a great way to help with flat abs. Chewing your food until it is extremely soft is a great way to prevent bloating. The process of digestion starts in your mouth. If you aren’t taking the time to properly chew your food, you are not going to digest it properly. Proper digestion of your good helps to reduce bloating as well as gas.
Crunches Alone are Not Going to Get You Flat Abs.
When your goal is flat abs, abdominal exercises are not the only exercises you need to be engaging in. In fact, abdominal exercises should be the lowest on your list of exercises to complete. You should focus on cardio and strength training. Your last focus should be on abdominal exercises. Try this workout schedule: 20 minutes of cardio three to five days per week. 15 minutes of strength training three days per week. 5 minutes of abdominal exercises five days per week.
Kick Your Way to Flat Abs.
A kickboxing class or DVD in the privacy of your own home is a great way to work your core muscles. During kickboxing, you must engage your core muscles as you throw punches. Twisting of the torso during kickboxing also gives your abdominal muscles a great workout. Additionally, kickboxing is a great way to burn extra calories. Kickboxing is extremely high energy.
Replace Your Table Salt with Sea Salt.
A diet that is high in salt can make your stomach bloated. For flat abs, try using kosher salt or natural sea salt. These are much lower in sodium that your traditional table salts. If you need to add a little flavor to your food, you can also consider using cayenne pepper or fresh tomato salsa; they’ll add flavor and help you to boost your metabolism.
Portion Control is a Must.
When your goal is flat abs, eating portion-controlled meals that contain monounsaturated fats and whole-grains are a must. Individuals who consume more whole grains lose more abdominal fat than those who do not. Laughter Really Can Be the Best Medicine. Have you ever laughed so hard that it has hurt? When this happens, you are really strengthening your abs. Every time you laugh you are strengthening your abs and working your way to flat abs.
Keep in mind that flat abs are not going to occur overnight. With determination and dedication, you can achieve your goal of flat abs. To do this, you must focus on an overall healthy lifestyle. This should include regular exercise and a well-balanced diet.
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