Defined, toned abs are one of the most common fitness goals mentioned by clients when they first step into the gym. Most people want to slim down before baring it all, so I’m here to expose the myths behind tight abs that could be wasting your time:
Myth #1: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.
Contrary to popular belief, excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tighter abs. In order to achieve a toned look, you’ll first have to focus on burning off the layer of belly fat that is covering up your tummy.
Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches – instead focus on fat burning exercises for weight loss.
Myth #2: Take diet pills to speed results.
I know it’s so tempting! The ads make compelling claims on how to lose weight with the power of popping a pill….but don’t fall for it. There is no ‘magic pill’. Diet pills are more likely to burn through your pocketbook than to slim you down.
Tip: Don’t pop a pill – instead burn calories with exercise.
Myth #3: Turn to packaged diet products to boost results.
Don’t fall for the foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. While they may seem quite convincing, these products are often packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need, and certainly won’t help you attain a tighter tummy.
Tip: Don’t eat packaged diet foods – instead stick with nutritious whole foods.
Myth #4: Avoid all carbohydrates in order to achieve tight abs.
Carbohydrates have been given a bad reputation, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat carbs while slimming down. The key is to stick with whole grains, oatmeal and brown rice while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.
Tip: Don’t give up all carbohydrates – instead stick with wholesome carbs.
Myth #5: Starve the chub away.
Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective it can also be dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.
Tip: Don’t starve yourself – instead eat small wholesome meals throughout the day.
Now that you know what not to do in order to achieve tighter abs, it’s time to go over your flat tummy game plan. Here’s how to lose belly fat in 3 simple steps:
Step One: No more junk.
The best way to do this is by purging the junk in your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed and fat-filled foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy it anymore. Remember that your beach-ready abs depend on what you eat – don’t eat junk!
Step Two: Eat whole foods.
Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of the following: cooked and raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, moderate amounts of seeds and nuts, lean meats and low fat dairy. Clean eating really is that simple.
Step Three: Come train with me.
This is the most obvious step. You’re ready to get into great shape and I’m in a unique position to make that happen for you. Call or reply to this email to get started on exercise and weight loss programs that will get you those amazing abs.
Aaron Chaney Fitness