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5 Flat Tummy Myths and 3 Steps to Rock Hard Abs

Sure, it’s August, but that doesn’t mean summer’s over in San Francisco! You and I both know there will be plenty more opportunities to throw off your shirt and show it off. The sun’s out, the days are still long, and the Bay Area is ripe with opportunities and sun-filled adventures. Plus, if last December was any indication, you know you still have time to look great for some warm winter weather!

Are you ready?

It’s true. Most people want to slim down before baring it all, so I’m here to warn you of the 5 Flat Tummy Myths that will slim your time (not your waistline!) and provide you with 3 steps to achieve the flat stomach of your dreams.  

Myth #1: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.

Excessive crunches are definitely not the answer to achieve rock hard abs. In order to flaunt a toned look, you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your tummy, first.

  • Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches – focus on total body fat burning workouts instead.

Myth #2: Take diet pills to speed weight loss results.

I know it’s tempting! So many television, radio, and internet ads make compelling claims about the power of popping a ‘magic pill’ to speed results. Truth is, diet pills are more likely to burn through your pocketbook than your gut.

  • Tip: Don’t pop a pill – burn calories with high intensity interval training workouts and holistic food choices instead.

Myth #3: Eat packaged diet products to boost results.

Don’t fall for the highly-processed foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. More often than not, these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need and certainly won’t help you attain that tight tummy.

  • Tip: Don’t eat packaged diet foods – focus on well-rounded, wholesome nutrition and meal planning.

Myth #4: Avoid all carbohydrates in order to achieve tight abs.

Carbohydrates have been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat carbs while slimming down. If your body can tolerate it, the key is to stick with organic fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, and brown rice while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.

  • Tip: Don’t give up all carbohydrates – stick with wholesome carbs instead.

Myth #5: Starve your way to toned abs.

Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective but can also be dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and doing so will disrupt your metabolism and actually slow your results!

  • Tip: Don’t starve yourself – eat several small, well-balanced meals throughout the day and have plenty of high protein snacks on hand to stave off hunger and reduce impulsive cravings.

Now,  it’s time to go over your flat tummy game plan! Here’s what you need to know in 3 simple steps:

Step One: No more junk.

The best way to do this is by purging your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed and fat-filled foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your abs and health depend on what you eat.; flat stomachs are made in the kitchen.

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: Train at Ascend Body

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. Get started on an individualized, holistic wellness plan that will get you those amazing abs and more. #Ascend with us to a higher, more sculpted level.

Photo by Russ Anderson (Creative Commons)