The first place that fat seems to show up, and the last place it seems to disappear from, is your belly. However you got that bulge, the solution to turning “flab” into “abs” isn’t countless situps. Here’s some of the best ways to flatten your belly.
Cut Back on Salt – You need a little bit of salt in your diet, as small amounts of salt are good for your brain and heart. But, if you have too much salt in your diet, you’ll retain water. You can drop water weight by cutting back on that water retention due to too much salt in your diet.
Cut Back on Beer – Ever wonder why they call a fat stomach a “beer belly”? All that carbonation in beer, combined with the empty calories in alcohol, can not only pack on fat, but those bubbles and booze also can cause an overgrowth of the good bacteria in your gut – causing extra gas bubbles that can cause bloat.
Stop Eating So Much Sugar – Sugary treats feel like a great way to reward yourself, but all that sugar isn’t very good for our bodies. And, sugar feeds bacteria – both good and bad bacteria, which can lead to extra gas.
Eat Healthy, Not Processed Foods – All that easy to eat processed food you find on the shelf of your local grocery store is full of salt, fat, and high-fructose corn syrup. These are cheap ways for food manufactures to give you foods that may taste good, but are inexpensive to produce. Fresh, organic foods skip all the additives, and give you natural flavor without all the extra salt and fat.
Up Your Water Intake – Instead of sugary drinks full of empty calories, try a squeeze of lemon in a glass of ice water. It’s refreshing, zero-calorie, and keeps you hydrated. Most people don’t realize they spend most days slightly dehydrated – and when you’re hydrated, not only do you feel less hungry (and less likely to snack on extra calories), but your body will release extra water it may have been retaining, helping to reduce bloat and slim your waistline.
Exercise Properly – It doesn’t take hours of working out to flatten your belly, just exercising properly Activating the right muscles, the right way, is the best way to get a flat, toned stomach. Planks, crunches, situps, and leg raises activate different core muscle groups, which help to tone all of your belly, not just specific spots – helping you to target and strengthen your entire core.
And, Fitness 4 Home Superstore features a wide variety of strength and core toning exercise equipment specifically designed to target your abs and core, helping you to flatten your stomach properly and safely. Visit any of our three Phoenix area stores to learn what equipment is best for your fitness needs.