Summer time. The time of year when many clients aspire for a flatten stomach and toned abs for their holidays. So here are some tips to get you started!

Diet

You may have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” and this is absolutely correct. Many of us are great attending the gym, however we fail once it comes to our diet. A typical meal I would suggest would consist of lean meat, fish or eggs, with leafy greens and healthy fats such as avocado. Additionally, here are a few added tips to get you on your way:

1. Stay clear from refined carbs such as white bread, sugar and white rice that spike insulin level, preventing fat burning.

2. Eat healthy complex carbs i.e. vegetables, sweet potatoes, nuts and brown rice.

3. Stay hydrated with water and herbal tea. Kick off your day with a large glass of water and a cup of green tea.

5. Read labels to reduce sugar intake.

6. ALWAYS eat breakfast to kick start your motablisim. Try porridge topped with blueberries.

7. Reduce alcohol intake or if possible avoid it.

8. Reduce your carb intake and replace with more protein and leafy greens.

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Exercise

Employing an exercise routine that combines cardio and weights will help carve out those abs.

Weights – The more muscle you build, the more calories your body will naturally burn on its own. Squats, deadlifts and core exercises are a great contributor to achieving abs.

Cardio – Instead of slaving away on the treadmill, try bumping up your workout with some interval training. Go hard for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds, then repeat. You can apply this method to skipping, cycling, hill sprints – basically any movement!

Stress LESS

Easier said than done, I know! However, levels of the “stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during anxious times – hindering weight loss. So employ these techniques to create a sense of calm:

1. Ensure you get enough sleep each night.

2. Mediate for five minutes each day or take some “me” whether its a bath or reading a book.

3. Exercise. To improve your mood and reduce cortisol in the body.

4. Chill out with a cup of peppermint tea, to reduce bloating.

 
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If you have any questions in regards to this post, don’t hesitate to contact myself or Neil!