9/10/14

Surprising Ways to Shed Belly Fat



How to Shed the Belly Fat

My tips and strategies for keeping my tummy trim

I actually get this question a lot - and I'm always surprised by it.  I wish I could say I have a stellar 6-pack, but to be honest, I have belly fat.  The truth is, everyone does - some just more than others.  An even scarier truth is that this is one major area on our bodies that REALLY impacts our health ...but you probably knew that!
Here are a few tips that just may surprise you about how I keep a trim tummy:

1) Maintain Good Posture

Surprised?  Try it -- stand up straight and tall and your belly will definitely look more trim and lean!  If you slouch, you will have a pouch, when you stand up, it stretches out.  For better posture, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep your shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger (if you're not used to this, it may feel akward at first!). Draw your belly button to your spine and keep your weight evenly distributed on the balls of your feet and your heels.  Feel better?

2) Don't Focus on Your Abs

You can't "spot" work on one area of your body.  Whether it be your belly, hips, buns or thighs -- they are ALL connected.   You will look better with a strong core: belly, lower back, buns and hips.  Pilates is great for working the core.  So are programs such as TurboFire, Insanity and Les Mills Combat.

3) Focus on Food


You can work your core until the cows come home, but abs are made in the kitchen.  You knew food had to be a part of this, right?!?   More veggies and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins.... less refined sugars, processed foods, fast food, etc...  Certain foods cause bloating and that can also effect your lean tummy.  I know for me, too much gluten makes me look 4 months pregnant! Know what foods can trigger your bloating and eat those in very limited quantities.  Shakeology is a great daily dose of dense nutrition that certainly helps to keep my focus on food simple!

4) Keep it Real

I see the same media photos that you see.  But we have to be truthful with our selves and our minds and fair to our bodies.  Each of us are unique in our own special way.  We are not built identical to anyone else.  We can train to have Beyonce's abs, but let's be real!  Don't compare yourself to magazines either.  Photoshop is usually the key to anything you see in a magazine.  And Be honest with yourself -- if you can train harder -- go for it.  BUT, if you're giving 100% and following a good nutrition plan, you will see results - it will just not happen over night.

5) Water

We know water is important.  I drink at least a gallon of water each day to help keep my system functioning the way it needs to function.  Water also helps to prevent bloating, gas and constipation -- all which make the belly look bigger.  Don't like plain water?  Add in some lemon or berries or even cucumber.
It is a journey for all of us.

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