And only one of them involves exercise
Are you struggling to see the results of your hard work spent at the gym around your abs? The problem could lie in your one-tier approach. It’s not just about exercising (although there are some exercises that are better than others), you also need to adjust your diet. Here are three ways to get a flatter stomach.
Choose the right exercises
“You can have the biggest six-pack in the world, but if it’s covered in a layer of fat you’ll never see it,” says celebrity trainer Shannan Ponton. “Do cardio work and anything that gets your heart rate up,” he recommends. As for toning exercises to shape your abs, Elle Macpherson’s trainer, James Duigan is an advocate for the plank. “If you only have time for one exercise, pick the plank,” he says. “Hold it for 30 seconds or more and you’ll be on track for a flatter stomach.”
Banish the bloat
Exercise isn’t the only thing you need to do: “Reduce your calorie intake as well, and stay away from processed food and starchy high-GI carbohydrates,” says Ponton. Zoe Bingley-Pullin, celebrity nutritionist and chef suggests eating “small healthy meals often to avoid the bloating feeling that comes with eating larger meals”. She adds, “Try adding peppermint tea, pineapple, parsley and yoghurt or foods containing probiotics to your daily diet, as these can help with bloating.”
Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.