1. Improve your posture
Use the muscles you already have to give you the best figure you can. When you let your stomach muscles go it looks like you’ve put on pounds straight away.
Similarly, when you engage your core muscles (try pulling your stomach in away from your belt line) you visibly flatten the stomach.
You are engaging the back protecting Transversus Abdominus muscle at the same time. Remember you must be able to breathe though! Attend a Pilates class to learn how to engage all your core muscles doing different stomach flattening exercises and what is the right level of engagement for you.
2. Eat yourself thin
Make healthier meals part of you training routine. The kind of food you eat is vital in bringing about any to your fat reserves. Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, chicken, beef, fish and low fat dairy should replace processed foods full of sugar. Stay away from coffee, and avoid diet soft drinks – there’s nothing natural about them.
3. Burn Fat, get strong
Show off your new flat stomach muscles by reducing your overall fat percentage. Cardiovascular exercise like walking, running and cycling burn the most fat and you need to aim to do some of this for at least 20 minutes three times a week.
Shadow boxing is a fun alternative. Throw punches with hand weights or at a fast pace, so that you get a little breathless and you’re working your core in a way that helps to flatten your midsection. You engage your core when you throw punches, and twisting your torso works all the abdominal muscles.
If you can’t find a good Pilates Instructor, do some planks by holding your body in a push-up position on your elbows for 30 to 60 seconds for four sets. Make sure you feel no pain in the back on any of these exercises.
4. Stop the bloat
Reduce your water retention, by lowering your sodium intake. This means you need to avoid salt. Use natural sea salt which is lower in sodium than traditional table salts.
Better still, flavour your food with herbs and spices instead. Cayenne has a great flavour and the added benefit of boosting metabolism.
5. Laugh all the way
Enjoying your training routine makes it much more likely that you’ll continue enough so that you see the difference.
Laughter also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, both of which can cause the over-production of a hormone called cortisol, which encourages weight gain about the belly area. So keep laughing and keep training!