Hey, what’s up!
Despite the kind of weather we’ve had lately summer is right up our alley way and you know what comes with summer weather, right?
Less clothes and more skin!
So no matter if you just want to finally flatten out that tummy or go all out and sport a swimsuit or six-pack at the beach you need these 9 tips…
Reduce Sodium – I probably don’t have to tell you that salt causes water retention. Puffy skin from water sitting between the muscle and skin will not make your abs pop or any other area of your body for that matter. Two rules of thumb here: Take the time to look at the sodium content of your foods and don’t add salt to any foods.
Load Up on Fiber – Wonder how fiber could help you shed pounds and look great on the beach? It’s actually quite simple. High fiber foods are nutrient dense and low in calories. This means that you’ll feel full from fewer calories, encouraging fat loss. Another great thing fiber does for you is that it pulls out excess fat in your digestive tract to help smooth things out from the inside. Try these high fiber favorites: spinach, raspberries, pear (with skin), artichoke, peas, apples (with skin), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.
Eat Lots of Protein – Don’t be afraid to eat when you are on the get-great-abs-quickly plan. It is really important that you are nourishing your body with quality, lean protein in order to develop that slim waistline. Lean protein helps support muscle growth while controlling blood sugar – all important factors when it comes to washboard abs. Some of the best sources of protein include: chicken breast, ground turkey, egg whites, and grilled fish.
Stop Eating Sugar – If you only did this step, and skipped all the rest, your abs would look significantly flatter by summer. I can’t emphasize enough how quickly sugar will cover your hard earned stomach muscles with a soft layer of fat. Yes, sugar tastes good, but indulging in it causes your body to store layers of fat. Enjoy fresh fruit, rather than refined sugar. Stop eating sugar even on your cheat days until you get results. Once you stop eating sugar your body will no longer crave it, so you’re basically knocking out two birds with one stone.
Easy on the Grains – I’m not saying leave whole grains out completely, but do keep an eye on how much you’re eating. Whole grains can stick to you a little easier than other foods when you over consume, if you catch my drift. Since we’re talking about getting a lean mid-section I think it is a perfect time for you to learn to love grain-free meals that center around lean meats, fruits and vegetables.
Do Sprints or Intervals – This is one I can’t say enough about but I don’t want to make this email a mile long. High intensity bursts of cardio are a proven way to burn away layers of fat, so incorporate sprints or interval training into your cardio routine. If you haven’t run for a while, take it easy as you start, and gradually increase the intensity of your sprints. Run 30-60 second sprints in between walking or slower periods of movement to really kick your fat burning mechanism into high gear.
Drink Lots of Water – This is another tip that I can’t say enough about when it comes to anything dealing with getting lean. Simply put…the more water in the more water out. Want to get rid of that bloated feeling that comes along from time to time? Keep hydrating yourself constantly, especially with the hotter months coming.
Don’t Skip Workouts – Whatever you do don’t miss your workouts, strength or aerobic training! This is one of your major components to dropping unwanted pounds and making your abs visible. Even if you only have 10 minutes to do cardio, DO IT and MAKE IT HARD!
Buy a Swimsuit for Motivation – It is one thing for me to motivate you, but it is quite another to have great motivation staring you in the eye every single day. For the ladies, I suggest you buy that swimsuit a couple of sizes smaller than where you are currently at and then hang it up in your closet or bathroom for you to look at many times a day. Heck, take a picture of it and put it in your car or purse and that will make you eat right and workout consistently until it looks perfect. This tactic works well for skinny jeans too. For the guys, take a picture of yourself without a shirt on. That should be enough motivation to burn that spare tire off and not let it see the beach this summer.
That is it for now, but I do plan on expanding on this topic later in the week so stay tuned and get to work!
I’m talking about nutrition and working out and stuff, not your actual job. Talk to your boss about that. I’m just your fitness expert. 🙂
Committed to your results,