As women, obtaining the coveted flat stomach is easier said than done. But with the right mix of diet and exercise, a flat stomach can be achieved. The goal is to starve our muscles of oxygen to kick start our metabolism and fat burning ability into high gear.
Regular physical activity is needed to stimulate our body to maintain a high degree of metabolic activity. The more disciplined and active we are, the more our body maintains its increased metabolic rate. So taking a walk, jogging, climbing stairs or bicycling three to four times a week triggers the need for our bodies to increase our metabolism.
Interval training that requires bursts of energy (e.g., high intensity sprints) also raises our metabolism by constantly challenging our muscles to work at a higher level to meet the sudden bursts in energy demand. Because the muscles are constantly being unexpectedly called to work and perform, they are in a state of preparation rather than rest, and therefore, use up more fuel in the form of excess fat.
Incorporating weight training with interval training results in extremely effective fat burning capabilities. Doing this type of training in on-again, off-again bursts, and then allowing the muscles to rest and recover also shakes up the intensity of the workout. Repeating this cycle a few times will jumpstart our muscles and get them hungrier for more fuel to get through the workout.
But the challenge doesn’t end here. To be truly effective in obtaining a flat stomach, you must reduce your intake of high-fat, nutrient dense foods. Your diet should include healthy, high-fiber and low-sugar whole foods such as lean protein (lean beef, chicken, & fish), colorful fruits & vegetables (oranges, apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, broccoli, peppers, asparagus, and the list goes on!), nuts (almonds, cashews, & walnuts), and whole grains (oatmeal and multi-grain bread).
Getting a flat stomach is no longer an impossibility as long as you take the right approach. This includes regular physical activity, interval or high intensity training, weight training and a proper diet. In doing so, you will raise your metabolism and allow your body to burn excess body fat, resulting in a flat stomach.