Flatter Abs by Christmas

Do you want to looks slimmer, feel better and fit into that special outfit for the holiday? You can achieve a flatter stomach, a stronger core and a leaner shape by eating health foods and performing a few easy-to-do abdominal exercises every other day. Start now and you should start to see results in about 3 to 4 weeks. See your doctor for a complete check-up before starting any exercise program. You can achieve a slimmer waist and stronger abs by eating nutritious foods and regular exercise. A personal trainer can help you set realistic goals, develop a plan to achieve your goals and help keep you motivated. 

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Begin your flatter abs program by adjusting your eating habits. Most people eat three large meals each day and a couple of snacks between meals. Some people tend to over-eat when meals are hours apart. To avoid hunger and still get all the nutrition you need, eat smaller, more frequent meals. Frequent smaller meals will keep your metabolism working and your blood sugar stable. Start with breakfast that includes natural grains and fruits. Enjoy a mid-morning snack of granola, nuts or sliced fruit. Avoid fast food for lunch if possible. Bring a salad with low-fat dressing, peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread and yogurt. An afternoon snack of  fruit and nuts will give your body a boost of energy and nutrition that will help prevent fatigue and hunger. Lean meats, whole grain pastas, rice, fresh vegetables and dried beans are a great choice for dinner to supply your body’s protein, vitamin and energy needs. A vegetable or fruit smoothie a couple of hours after dinner can help you avoid the urge to eat something before bed.

Exercise your abdominal muscles in the morning or evening at home or on your lunch break at work. Take advantage of your company’s fitness center if it has one or join a gym near your work. Start your ab program with a few belly roll exercises in the morning. Sit on the floor and bend your knees. Keep your feet flat on the floor and stretch your arms in front of you palms toward the floor. Breathe out and roll your body back onto the floor. Keep your feet flat on the floor. Breathe in and roll back up. Repeat this exercise 20 times and increase to up to 50 times as you grow stronger.

Belly curls will slim your abs and strengthen your core. Lie on the floor with your knees bent toward your chest. Raise your feet off the floor and gently lift your bottom. Roll back so that your upper back and shoulders are touching the floor. Hold the position for about 2 seconds and then return to the start position. Perform this exercise 10 times. Gradually increase the number of repetitions until you can do 20 belly curls.

You can slim your waist by doing crunches. Lie down on the floor and bend your knees. Put your hands behind your head and inter-lace your fingers. Point your elbows toward the ceiling. Lift your left shoulder off the floor and try to touch your right knee with your left elbow. Relax and repeat the exercise on the other side. Start with 10 repetitions and build to 20 repetitions.

A personal trainer can help you learn to make healthy food choices and develop an exercise plan to achieve a slimmer, stronger and flatter abs!

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