A few people have asked me to do a post on how to obtain leaner abs. I’ve put together my top 5 tips, choosing to focus on the methods that are less obvious. I am in hopes that doing this will give you a fresh perspective, and I would love for you to share with me some other methods to success that you have had. I’ve always believed that fitness is a combination of genetics, lifestyle and food. Fitness is a lifelong journey and along the way we must be good to our bodies and give it the proper fuel and treatment to survive.
1. Rest: Proper rest is essential for the body to shut down and repair and replenish itself. People who do not get enough rest each night often have a difficult time ridding themselves of belly fat due to the overproduction of certain hormones that are released when the body is stressed or poorly rested. In addition to what is happening inside your body chemically, when you wake up– you will likely not have the energy to workout at full capacity.
2. Fiber: Focus on getting 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day. Fiber helps keep you full, promotes healthy digestion, and helps to rid the body of fat. Look for whole grains and high fiber breads. If the bread or grain does not have at least 4g of fiber, it’s probably not as helpful to your balanced diet as you think.
3. Eat lean: Haven’t you heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” It is most definitely true. While our bodies need a certain amount of fat, we do not want to go overboard and consume more than our bodies can really use. Choose lean proteins and skim dairy products. I tend to steer clear of most “fat free” items with the exception of skim milk. A lot of the fat free diet items have artificial flavors that I just do not trust.
4. Food allergies: Do not ignore your food allergies! If you experience gas and bloating after certain types of meals, or maybe you’ve even been told by your medical doctor that you have an allergy, do not eat these foods! Eating foods that contain allergens is taxing your body to find a way to rid itself of these substances and still survive. The intestinal tract can become inflamed, causing it to produce mucus to protect itself. You’ll be left with pain and discomfort, along with a lower absorption of nutrients.
5. Great posture: Great posture is a part of your ab workout! Sit and stand up straight! Slouching is not good for your core muscles, nor for your spine. Here’s an exercise that I like to do while brushing my teeth: I look in the mirror as I turn to the side and I adjust my posture. Then I look away and try to remember how that feels. I do this 2 to 3 times before I’m done.