&Body By Anne Raso
Six Easy Ways To Tone Your Stomach!
Proper nutrition and a few basic exercises can do the trick in just two to three weeks.
Toning your stomach does not have to be a tale of deprivation of carbs and painful exercises. If you basically eat whole natural foods—and incorporate some basic toning exercises for ten or 15 minutes each morning—you will see a big different in only two or three weeks. It’s true that the belly is one of the easier areas of body to “cut the fat”—but the leaner you are in terms of belly fat to begin with, the easier it is to see results!
1.Do a short set of old school belly flattening exercises upon awakening
Crunches are “tried and true” but they don’t feel great. Keep the standard crunches to 50 in total but then add in 50 twist crunches after a one or two minute rest. Next come 50 movements of faux bicycling while lying on your back. Fifty classic squats followed by 20 standard planks and 20 side planks rounds out your program. All of this should only take you about 10 to 15 minutes. If you are ambitious, try to walk or jog at a fairly brisk pace for a half hour each day. It might be a good idea to leave the car home and walk to do your local errands.
2.Get more sleep
It might sound strange but recent studies at a US university have proven that there is a correlation between women who get seven to eight hours of sleep per night and flatter tummies.
3. Switch out soda, juices and alcohol for plain water
Be sure to do the recommended 64 ounces of water per day to keep your digestive system flowing. It’s the best way flushing out impurities! Probiotics will also keep things flowing—they benefit gut flora reducing the risk of fat building up in the abdominal cavity.
4. Cut out junk food
Try to eat “whole foods” like organic fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and make sure that at least 25 per cent of your daily calories are from lean protein like fish and chicken breast. Make an effort to eat more slowly for better digestion and satiation.
5. Drink one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water upon rising
Then wait a half hour before eating breakfast. (Be sure that you get a brand that includes the “mother.”) The magic part is the acetic acid, which supposedly switched on the genes that digest fat. Speaking of breakfast, don’t skip it because it is truly is the most important meal of the day—you don’t want to feel light-headed or hungry in the late morning or early afternoon, especially if you have a stressful workday.
6. Consciously strive for better posture
Your mother might have always said, “put your shoulders back” when you slouched as a teen, but she had a good point. It is better for your back muscles to stand and sit up straight—but it also gives the illusion of having a flatter stomach and a longer torso.