Fitness Friday: How to Turn Your Flab Into Lean Abs

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/24/2014 | 10:15 AM EST

Getting that much desired flat tummy can be frustrating, which is why Centric has these great tips for you to follow

One of the hardest parts of the body to work out are those ever-so stubborn abs. If you’ve hit a brick wall in your effort to shed that fat in the abdomen area, know you’re not alone. While there are many factors as to why people don’t achieve those coveted 6-pack - such as genetics and low muscle tone - there are still some great practices to incorporate in ensuring that you turn your flab into lean, iron-cut abs. Check out these awesome tips to help you along the way.

Drink A lot of Water

With all the fast food and high-sodium diets in America, it’s easy to fall into the trap of water retention - which is an abnormal accumulation of water or inflammation. It’s important to drink a lot of water to offset a possibly hindering diet. Try 8-10 glasses of water a day, and you’re sure to see significant results.

Drink Less Alcohol

If there’s one enemy to lean abs it’s alcohol. Alcohol puts an instant stop to fat loss, slowing down all the progress you may be making in acquiring a flat tummy. Drinking too much too often encourages fat storage in the stomach area, and nobody wants that. So put down the beer!

Improve Your Posture

Did you know that bad posture can contribute to developing a pouch? According to experts, having a better posture while standing can improve your stomach. For best results, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over your knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, and be sure to keep your weight even on the balls and heels.

Utilize Core Workouts

One thing that people get into the habit of is focusing too much on their abs during workouts. Even if they’re your target area, the best way to work out the abdomen area to engage in exercises that will workout your entire body. When you work the body in unison you’re more likely to lose the fat. Try workouts like boxing, sprinting (cardio) and even palates.

Sleep More

Lack of sleep actually causes increased cortisol to surge through your system, and this potent hormone actually encourages the accumulation of stomach fat. Go to sleep earlier and you will not only contribute to a flatter abdomen, but you’ll be more productive and energized throughout the day.

Eat More Carbs

Many people have the misguided idea that a low-carb diet is the best route to losing fat, when in actuality they can contribute to your metabolism shutting down. When your metabolism slows down you end up burning fewer calories. Have a high-carb diet at least once a week to balance the steadiness.

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