Next Level Fitness
By Fawn Lofton
Are you doing crunches until you’re red in the face and still have belly fat? Take a deep, centered breath and realize that the culprit may be your diet or high-stress lifestyle. To get rid of that belly jiggle, you must align your nutrition with your crunches. To go from flab abs to fab abs pay attention to what’s going into your mouth and kick up the cardio. Your belly will thank you later!
Goodbye belly bloat
When you’re sluggish and bloated, it is only natural that you would feel more like a blimp than a babe. One way to eliminate belly bloat is to eat more fiber, fruits and veggies and avoid sugar and foods with gluten. Fruits and vegetables like bell pepper, cucumber, watermelon and celery are high in water content and make great snacks. Speaking of water, drink up! Drinking water throughout the day will flush sodium from your system to reduce bloat. Try to drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. And no, your morning coffee doesn’t count as water intake. Back away from that soda pop, and no one gets hurt!
Kick the salt shaker habit
Choose fresh foods over processed or packaged foods, which are loaded with sodium. Read lbels. Since many foods already contain sodium, there is no need to feed your addiction to the salt shaker by adding more. Reducing salt intake not only decreases bloat, but can help prevent heart problems down the road. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium daily, which is less than a teaspoon of table salt. Fresh basil and cilantro can be used to spice things up and are some of my favorites to add to any meal. Also try adding chili powder, chili flakes, cayenne or ginger to increase your metabolism and burn fat.
Alcohol = empty calories and beer bloat
Limit your alcohol intake to avoid consuming empty calories. Moderation should be your mantra. If you know you have a special event coming up, don’t deprive yourself of the beverages you enjoy. Plan ahead and manage your caloric intake ahead of time, adding extra cardio to your day to allow for that tasty treat you deserve.
Supercharged cardio creates shredded abs
Abdominal exercises alone do not remove belly fat. They build and tone the waistline. In order to see the tone and definition effectively, it’s a must to eat clean and kick up the cardio. Cardiovascular exercise will help burn the layer of unwanted fat off your belly so that stellar abs can shine through. If you already have a cardio plan, kick up the intensity to power up your results. Also mix it up to keep it fun and challenging.
Feel the burn
In order to get chiseled-looking abs, incorporate variations of crunches to work all angles of the abdominal muscles. There are many modifications to the basic crunch or sit-up and you must mix things up to achieve that burn you love to hate. Come in and learn a few new ab burning exercises to compliment your current repertoire, so you can show off your efforts. Intensity and variation are key.
Incorporating clean eating, limiting salt and alcohol, kicking up your cardio and using a variety of ab exercises will have you saying “bye-bye belly bloat” and “hello stellar abs of steal.” Contact Fawn Lofton at Fitness Together of Mission Hills by phoning (619) 794-0014 to get better results faster. Follow us on our blog at betterbodysandiego.com.