Hands up if one of your major goals for 2010 is to get that elusive flat stomach? Well if your hand is up right now rest assured because you are definitely not alone.
Even I put my hand up here cause after my 6 week extended leave for my honeymoon and birthday and Christmas all rolling into the same time off my belly, while not massive, wasn’t exactly as it looked on my wedding day.
You Don't Have To Put Up With Your Fat Belly For Ever!
So if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
The good news for me though is I am well on track to getting my flat stomach back because I am implementing these 4 secret tips that I am about to share with you.
If you join me in implementing them, you can soon have that flat belly look too!
First of all, I want you to close your eyes and imagine how good it will feel and how great you will look when you DO have that flat stomach. It feels great doesn’t it? You will be the envy of all of your friends!
So, c’mon Daniel, stop stuffing around and give me the tips is what I’m hearing you say.
Okay, here they go.
#1) Don’t Believe All You See & Read (except on here)
You need to stop following the workout routines that you’ll find in most magazines and newspapers. They are designed for body builders and are a very out of date training method. Definitely not what you need to be doing if you’re on a fat loss mission.
If you are wasting your precious time training individual body parts with arm curls and leg extensions then unfortunately, you are never going to get that elusive flat stomach.
Stay away from those tiny 1kg weights while we’re on the topic too. That does my head in seeing personal trainers give that rubbish to their clients to do.
Your workout should be comprised of exercises that work a number of muscles at once, like with squats and push ups. Just those two exercises work almost every muscle in your body and you haven’t even touched a weight.
So imagine what happens when you add some resistance to those exercises. Congratulations – you now have turned on your fat burning furnace!
#2) Turf The Long Runs & Pick Interval Training Routines
My next big tip to your flat belly success is to make sure that you are doing interval training routines as your preferred cardio training option instead of the old style aerobic training sessions.
Interval training means that you have a really high bout of intensity followed by a rest period of nothing, or relatively nothing to allow your body to recover. You then rinse and repeat for the desired number of times.
Interval training might consist of hill runs, or sprinting on a bike or even on a flat surface while aerobic training is traditionally known as going for a long run or bike ride or even power walk.
The benefits of this type of training, apart from a flatter belly is that it takes less time than the usual run does so you are saving time and burning more fat at the same time and it is definitely not as boring as running on a treadmill for an hour watching some dodgy TV show you can’t stand in the gym.
It sounds kind of funny that you can burn more fat in less time but when you crank up the intensity of a training session you are giving your metabolism a big rev up that only results in more calories burned after you finish training.
The other thing I love about interval training is that you only needs to train for up to 20 minutes and that’s it! Compare that to a long 60 minute run and you’re saving yourself plenty of wasted exercise time each week!
#3) Crunch The Crunches
My third secret for you is to avoid crunches like you’d avoid a person who has swine flu. Crunches are not going to give you a flat belly, no matter how many of them that you do.
The only thing that crunches will give you is a bad back because of the pressure they place on your spine when you are constantly crunching up. Bad news for you, good news for your local physio because you’ll be spending a packet getting your back fixed by them.
This is not what your body needs especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting at an office desk like most people do.
Targeting your stomach muscles individually with exercises like crunches breaks the first secret that I gave you of avoiding training individual muscle groups.
If you want to train your abs, the best movements are ones like hover or plank variations that not only target your stomach muscles but also strengthen your lower back and oblique (side) muscles at the same time.
These are harder than they look because there are so many ways you can crank up the intensity with them – decline down a hill, putting your feet on a bench or a foam roller or fitball for an extra challenge. It’s all good.
The one word of caution I will give you is that no matter how strong your stomach muscles are you will never see them if there is too much belly fat in the way so don’t waste too much time targeting the abs.
Your best bet is to choose exercises like squats and push ups because they hit the abs better than anything like a crunch does.
#4) Eat Clean, Stay Lean
The final one of my weight loss tips to implement and to ensure you shed those extra layers of belly fat if you promise to follow it as it is surely the hardest one to follow out of all of the previous revelations.
This secret revolves around clean eating. The cleaner you eat, the leaner you will get. No doubt about it.
By clean eating I don’t mean following recommendations from some health people to eat low fat foods and drink diet soft drinks while eating wholegrain foods and bread for lunch.
That is a sure-fire way to encourage your belly fat to stick around like an uninvited guest.
So what should you be eating? Anything that has once walked this earth or come from the ground or a tree is a good start.
Smart food choices are things like meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and seeds. If you include these in your diet each day you will be a lot closer to having that nice, flat stomach than you are today.
I’ll throw in a bonus tip because I’m feeling generous today. Make sure you have a glass of water before and after each meal.
One, it will help to ensure that you are getting enough water to drink each day. Reaching that water quota will also prevent you from gorging on unneeded calories.
Secondly, it can also help fill your stomach up so you don’t over-eat. If your portion size is too big than it doesn’t matter how clean you eat – you’re still going to put on weight and for most people the first place that goes is right around your good ol’ belly.