Bathing suit season is right around the corner…are you ready? As the days get warmer, we get so focused on the “external” or “aesthetic” part of our bodies, when instead we should be focusing on the overall aspects of health & wellness.
Most people want to slim down before baring it all, so while you are motivated to “look great”, I also want you to focus on FEELING GREAT, by making healthier choices, and building better habits. I’ll let you know about how you can do that at the end of this blog post, but first… I’m here to warn you of the 5 Flat Tummy Myths that could waste your time:
Myth #1: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.
Excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. In order to achieve a toned look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your tummy. And for many people (especially new moms), crunches can actually be doing more harm to you then good.
- Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches – instead focus on fat burning.
Myth #2: Take diet pills to speed results.
I know it’s so tempting! The ads make compelling claims about the power of popping a pill, but don’t fall for it. There is no ‘magic pill’. There is no ‘magic pill’. There is no ‘magic pill’. There is no ‘magic pill’. 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 intense exercise.
- And did I mention There is no ‘magic pill’.
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. Quite often 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 – instead stick with nutritious whole foods.
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. 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, and stay within acceptable portions.
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 tight abs, 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 beach-ready abs depend on what you eat – don’t eat junk! And the healthier you eat, the better you will feel, both inside & out.
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 and join me in a challenge.
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. You can join me for a 30-Day challenge that will allow you to make better choices, be fully supported, add variety to your workouts, and keep you motivated and conscious of your daily activities. You can register HERE, but do it by May 17th 2014!
“It’s the SHRED way of Life”!