Hey there! I hear you’ve been working out a lot? What’s your goal? When working out, most people have at least one particular part of their body they are working to improve. What about the stomach? Let’s talk about it. Here 9 Ways You Can Get a Flat Stomach in Less Than a Month. Do we drink lots of water? How does improving my posture help anything? We’re talking all of that AND more !
Planking was a trend that went on in the early 2010’s. Planking is an exercise meant to work out your core muscles. From there, you are to hold this position for as long as you physically can. This means a lot of people aren’t making it over that 120 second mark. Did you know that the record for longest plank ever recorded was made by a Chinese man named Mao Weidong in 2016. The time he clocked in 8 hours and 1 minute. A former marine named George Hood is also featured on the list of longest planks. His time 5 hours and 15 minutes. George has probably got a much flatter stomach than you.
Now hang on just a second. When I say relax, I don’t mean lay motion lesson the couch and waste the day away. Feeling stressed out open the flood gates to several health issues. For one, we tend to change our eating habits when we’re feeling tense. Did you know that college students are likely to develop eating disorders. A study conducted at the University of Michigan concluded that 40% of all students had changed their eating habits. This can mean anything from eating more to eating less. This may keep your body from producing more cortisol, a hormone known for increasing one’s appetite. I tried to make that rhyme. A little complicated I know.
Out of all the methods we’re reading in today’s article, this may be the most practical. Water is 100% calorie free! Drinking enough water can trick your body into believing it’s ingesting food. We sometimes eat when we don’t have to. Which in many cases, explains the excessive belly fat. If you’re still hungry after that time, this is the proper time to eat. A water diet can discipline your eating habits, and keep you from eating uncontrollably.
You’ve heard of yoga. We’ve touched on planking. But if you haven’t been introduced to Pilates yet, you’ve got to give it a try. Pilates is an exercise meant to improve your level of flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. As your core goes to work, your traverses abdominis is targeted.
We’ve touched on water. We’ve touched on workouts. I think it’s time to discuss your diet fora moment. When fibre’s ingested, it decreases the number of calories your able to absorb. It does this by slowing down food passing through your digestive tract. It’s been said that for every 10 grams of fibre you consume, your stomach carries between 3.7 – 4% less fat. This includes foods like wholegrain cereal, pears, nuts, potatoes and broccoli. All of those “lovely” treats you passed on as a child. Oh and don’t forget Brussel Sprouts. Make your grandmother proud!
Cut the carbs!
Keeping with the theme of diet, one must watch their carbohydrate intake if they are properly going to shed fat from their bellies. While between 45 and 65% of our 2000 daily calories should come from carbs, it’s easy to overdo it. And we all wonder why our stomachs stay so pudgy. Are you aware that studies indicate that people with high intakes of whole grains are 17% less likely to have excess belly fat? This includes multigrain bread, brown rice, barley and quinoa. Another healthy assortment of foods off grandma’s menu.
Go for morning walks
It may sound funny upon suggestion, but believe it or not, walking is actually great for shedding pounds off your belly. Did you know that walking between 30 – 40 minutes is an ideal daily task that can shed inches off your waist line. Not only is it another great way to reduce stress, a cool brisk walk can burn close to 600 calories an hour. Keep in mind that this outcome is only possible when your diet is clean and healthy. While walking, your rectus abdomen will become active. This is also known as your “six-pack” muscle. This helps to tighten your lower area. Keep in mind this can only be done properly when you are positioned upright and balanced. This is a perfect Segway into my next point.
Fix Your Posture!
The ponch sitting directly above your waist is sometimes the direct result of terrible posture. Think about it. If you’re constantly slouched over, your weak abdominals will eventually have your body looking pretty messy. Realistically, if you stand upright, your stomach is going to look tighter. If you stand while exercising, your muscles experience between 7-25% more activation then they do while you’re sitting. This allows you to burn more calories, and helping to stomach get that toned appearance you’ve been dying for.
Eat Peanut Butter
I guess in that case, you have to follow the other seven methods. Many of us love a good peanut-butter sandwich, but since you’re going to be cutting carbs, I guess that out of the question. On its own, peanut butter has 2 grams of fibre and around 8 grams of protein. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter holds an estimated 188 calories. This is a perfect meal to have if you are looking for that tighter stomach.