Cheat Sheet For Flat Abs – 3 NEW Strategies For a Leaner Waistline
Clip from the Tummy Trimmers DVD
We’ve all done it…That moment when you stand in front of the mirror and “pinch an inch,” squeezing the extra flesh around your midsection, imagining what you’d look like if you could just wave a magic wand and make it disappear. It’s in our nature to seek out a svelter stomach, to try for a tighter tummy, to wish for a whittled waistline. And here’s the good news: It’s totally doable, no matter what your age.
If you want killer abs, you’re in the right place! If you’re ready for stronger, flatter midsection, checkout out these 3 NEW transformational strategies!
STRATEGY 1…Eat Your Carbs Within Hours After Exercising
Timing when you eat your carbs throughout the day can mean the difference between fat loss and fat gain. Here’s why…. When you exercise, sugar is shuttled to your muscles, instead of being stored as fat. And, exercise unleashes your muscle’s glucose receptors. So the trick is to eat most of your carbs in the hours after exercising. Remember… on days when you don’t work out, even a 10-Min HIIT workout or walk can help you process carbs more efficiently.
STRATEGY 2…Five-Step Belly-Blasting Regimen
If your goal is flat abs, then this 5-step belly-fat blasting regimen will help transform your physique. People often ask me, “How long it will take to see results after following this routine?” Typically, you can start seeing changes within a month. But, if you want a true transformation, stick with it for 90 days.
STRATEGY 3…Combat Cortisol With Five De-Stressors
Cortisol is a hormone that’s triggered when we experience stress. So anytime we’re in a situation that activates our stress response, cortisol floods our bloodstream. And it’s bad news for several reasons. It’s a domino effect: High stress equals high cortisol levels, and high cortisol levels can lead to a whole host of issues, including depression, anxiety, and weight gain. When cortisol kicks in, it shuts down our fat-burning systems, and actually tells the body to start storing fat, specifically in the midsection. That’s why there’s such a strong connection between high levels of stress and high levels of belly fat – it all comes down to cortisol.
When you trigger your body to constantly pump out cortisol, it starts to run dry of the ingredients it needs to make it. When this happens, your adrenals use other hormones (such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone) to make the cortisol. This can lead to a condition called “adrenal fatigue,” causing constant fatigue during the day, and high cortisol levels at night.
It’s a viscous cycle. The less sleep we get, the higher our cortisol levels – so that lack of sleep doesn’t just cause crankiness and brain fog – it can also lead to belly fat.
Here are five ways to combat high cortisol levels:
- Accept Things That Are Out Of Your Control. There’s always things in life that you can’t change – no matter what. Take the weather, for example. You can’t decide whether it rains or snows, so don’t let it bother you! Instead, find ways to enjoy the uncontrollable situations, like making a snow angel on a winter day, or curling up with a cup of tea when it rains.
- Shoot For Sixes. I’m a firm believer that we need to lower our expectations. We can’t always score tens in life nor expect those around us to be perfect either. Lower the bar.
- Think With The “Half Full” Mentality. Although looking at the bright side of life may sound cliche, it can significantly lower your stress levels. When you constantly focus on the problems, it allows your mind to turn small frustrations into huge problems.
- Master Your Priorities. Simply making a list of your most important tasks and completing them in order will help you release stress once you check them off your list and move onto less critical jobs. And remember to avoid adding an endless array of items on your project list.
- Unplug With A Nature Walk. Studies show that unplugging from technical distractions and going on a nature walk with friends will not only help balance out your cortisol levels, but will also help you gain perspective and serve as a reminder that you can handle anything.