Fitness Goal: Flat Stomach
Whenever I start working with a new client, I always ask them to tell me their biggest fitness goals. And nine times out of ten? Getting a flat stomach is on that list.
But it doesn’t always feel like the easiest task, and people quickly run out of patience.
Today we’re going to look at 5 simple strategies for getting a flat stomach fast. If you feel like you’ve been struggling, or just aren’t seeing results as fast as you’d like, give these tips a try.
5 Quick Tips to Get a Flat Stomach
Forget the Fads
First things first, ditch the fad diets and fitness programs. When it comes down to it, most of these things don’t work long-term, and most people just end up rebounding when they fail. What you need to do is adopt sustainable lifestyle changes that you can carry with you for years.
Generally speaking, this requires 2 things: (1) a whole foods diet full of natural ingredients and low on processed and fried foods, and (2) a regular exercise program (4-5 days a week) that incorporates both cardiovascular exercise and weight training.
Eat More Veggies…a lot more!
The oldest rule to healthy eating still holds true today. You’ve got to eat your vegetables. Some of the biggest fat-burning successes I’ve seen have been due largely to boosting daily vegetable intake.
Eating more fruits and vegetables has a number of outcomes for your health and fitness, largely due to the vitamin and mineral intake. Getting more vitamins from natural sources improves your stamina, enhances energy, and keeps your mental health at its highest performance. Plus the fiber helps you burn some serious belly fat.
Check out my Principles of Clean Eating to Live By to get started on a healthy foot.
Watch Your Carbs Closely
Although I don’t condone extreme carb-free diets, cutting down on unhealthy carbs can actually have a huge impact on your fat-burning efforts. The first thing you need to do is replace your processed carbs (white, bleached, etc.) with whole grains and non-processed options.
Whole grain wheat is okay, but I would rather see you go for things like quinoa, brown rice, barley, and other grains that are minimally processed. You should also replace many of your traditional carbohydrate servings with things like nuts and veggies. These food options also contain lots of carbohydrates, but they’re not the kind we normally think of, and they’re way more conducive to a flat stomach.
Take a look at my recent article on The Best Carbs for Weight Loss to get some more ideas.
Increase Your Lean Muscle Mass
If you want to do it as fast as possible, this one is a must. There is absolutely nothing that will increase your metabolism for longer periods of time like muscle mass will, and that means doing a little weight lifting.
Now, I know a lot of women get worried about bulking up, but this is a lot less common than you may think. It takes a lot to gain serious size, so don’t let this stop you. By conditioning your muscles and gaining some lean mass, you’ll actually burn more fat when doing nothing at all. This can have a major impact on your belly fat.
If you’re ready to get serious, then try my Advanced Workout for Lean Muscle Gain here.
Limit Eating Out
I know this is a tough one for some of you, but if you really want to see fast results, you need to get in control of everything that goes into your body. And there’s no way you can maintain control by eating out a lot. Even at the finest restaurants and in the healthiest looking dishes, fat can be hiding in sauces, dressings, and marinades that you’ll never see coming.
I recommend limiting your dinners out to no more than one or two. Save them for the weekend, and do some cooking at home. Keep it whole, eat healthy, and make sure you’re getting some serious exercise on the side. You’re sure to shred that stomach fat in no time!
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