A Few Steps to a Flatter Tummy

By: Lauren B. Wallace

How many of us want to lose that unwanted belly fat? The answer is "many of us." It seems that both women and men undergo intensive abdominal workout routines daily in order to see a glimpse of a flatter belly. However, often times, the results are slow coming or none at all. There can be many reasons why a person may not be dropping their belly weight. Anything from a bad diet to stress can have a negative effect on abdominal fitness.

One of the first mistakes that a lot of people make is the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is known to raise cortisol levels which are responsible for sending fat to your belly. So if you are serious about tightening those abs, then alcohol should not be one of the beverages on your list. Another mistake that a lot of people make is the low consumption of fiber rich foods. Fiber is a great source for weight loss in general. This particular ingredient has a way of preventing constipation and making a person feel full for longer periods of time. Simply try to consume somewhere between 25 to 38 g of fiber daily. Some of the foods rich in fiber include whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.

Getting ones heart rate up is a third way towards a tight tummy. Hours upon hours of ab exercise won't do anything unless you get rid of the fat which is hiding your abdominal muscles. That is why getting your heart rate up, through aerobic exercise for instance, can help you get rid of that stubborn fat. Anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise per day should be enough to aid in flattening your tummy. Try to get your heart rate up at least five days a week. These are just some of the steps towards a tighter belly faster.

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