Just in time for summer. Excellent.
The other night while I was cooking dinner I received an FB message from a GF, finally admitting defeat on her stomach flab and wanting some tips on how to get rid of it. Quickly. So considering worldwide studies suggesting that excess belly fat is linked to early death I thought I’d share my tips with everyone. Because who doesn’t want to live a long healthy life with flat abs!?
What to eat:
Increase your fiber and water intake. That’s right, we want to beat the bloat and get some action in your back section, if you catch my drift. Add some flaxseeds, psyllium husks and high fiber fruit to your breaky like prunes, berries, apricots or banana. Increasing your water to at least 3 liters a day will not only hydrate you but will flush out toxins and help ‘move things along’. Increase your veggies too as they are predominantly made of water.
Decrease your sugar intake. Don’t add any sugars to your tea, coffee etc, avoid fruit juice and soft drinks and anything with added and hidden sugars, including sauces, yoghurts, mueslis and condiments. Limit your fruit to just 2 serves a day.
If you think you might have a gluten intolerance, reduce if not eliminate pasta, bread etc and swap these foods for mung bean pasta, buckwheat soba noodles, brown rice and quinoa. If you don’t have an intolerance, try to reduce these foods anyway and increase your veggie, lean protein and wholegrain intake.
Exercises you can do:
3 – 4 times a week I want you doing this set of core movements:
30 seconds stomach crunches – make sure you pull your stomach to your spine, take it slowly, raise your head off the ground. If you sit up all the way to your knees, great. Otherwise just lift to where your bra strap sits.
30 seconds V-ups – lying flat on the ground, legs straight and arms above your head bring both your hands and legs together in a V shape, then lower back to the ground. Repeat.
30 seconds cycles – opposite elbow to opposite knee. Get a good twist and take it slowly so you feel the burn in your obliques. Yes you will burn!
Repeat 4 times more times, non-stop!
Don’t forget you can never spot weight reduce, so incorporate these movements with a minimum 30 mins of cardio a day to get the best results. In 2 – 3 weeks you should be looking trimmer, more toned and bikini ready!