Firming Up a Flabby Tummy and Finding Those 6 Pack Abs
Do you have a decent body except for that middle roll of flab that just doesn't seem to go away no matter how much you exercise or attempt to spot reduce that area? The truth is that the spare tire around your middle is fat - and you're not going to see the 6-pack abs buried beneath until you get rid of it.
The trick to reducing fat around your middle is to reduce your caloric intake and eat foods that are proven "fat burners" such as lean protein, salads and vegetables. Reduce your carbohydrate intake, especially in the evening hours when your body is slowing down. Adopt a low fat diet for your lifestyle to burn the unwanted fat and eventually reach the show-off abs you desire.
There is a difference between toning your abs and reducing the fat around your middle. Toning abdominal muscles can be achieved by exercising, but removing the fat must take place from the inside out. It won't do you any good to try spot reduction exercises if you don't get rid of the fat first.
There's no such thing as an immediate "fix" for a flabby tummy. You can spend hundreds of dollars on pills and creams, but you'll soon realize that the only way to 6-pack abs is to work at it!
While you're concentrating on a low fat diet, you'll want to tone and firm the abdominal muscles that lie beneath the fat with exercise. The key to exercising your abs is to do the exercises correctly. If you're concentrating on tummy crunches to firm your abs and performing them incorrectly you'll never see success.
So, before you exercise, learn how to do it properly. For example, if you're doing crunches, learn the correct method of breathing as you're exercising. A number of good online sites contain information about how to perform abdominal exercises.
Concentrate on resistance training when firming and toning your abs. Use a "fit ball" (sometimes called "exercise ball") for support if you have problems with your lower back. And don't overdo it. Three sessions a week is plenty when you're exercising muscles that have lain dormant for awhile.
Cardio exercises (aerobic) designed to rev up your heart rate can help burn fat, so be sure to include them in your exercise regimen - and include the ones that work both your upper and lower body. It's best to do cardio exercises in the morning - and always on an empty stomach.
Don't be discouraged if you don't see results as fast as you'd like. Remember, those 6-pack abs are buried somewhere beneath that fat roll. It's your job to find them.
Warren Tattersall has been a full time nutritional consultant for over a decade and works with people all over the world to help them improve their health, increase their personal energy levels and to use supplements to assist with diet related health issues.
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