If you have gained a couple of pounds over the summer or have always wanted to lose your ever-present belly then the following tips will help you go from fat to 6-pack.
Step #1 – Eat yourself slim
If you want to lose weight and gain those slim sexy abs then you should forget about starving yourself, this may help with an initial loss of weight but you will not be able to maintain it so the lost weight will surely return.
What you should be doing is fuelling your body correctly, which you can do using the following tips:
Eat 6 small meals a day
This will help to keep your metabolic rate high, and will ensure you do not feel those urges to eat rubbish between meals.
Avoid processed cereals
These are often full of sugar, which will not help your weight loss efforts.
Instead try to start your day with a bit of protein, with eggs being one of the best sources.
This does not mean eating a fried egg, try some boiled or scrambled, just avoid adding salt or sugary condiments.
If you eat cereal or drink tea or coffee then you should avoid adding sugar, for obvious reasons.
Watch processed bread
Instead of eating white bread, eat whole-wheat instead.
Drink more water
Water has many weight loss benefits, for a start it is free from calories so wont add to your daily limit.
It can also help cut food cravings and your appetite.
Step #2 – Burn the fat
Once your body is properly fuelled it is time to burn off that stored fat. Here are some tips to help you achieve that goal:
Get your heart pumping
To burn fat you need to exercise, simple as that.
This does not mean that you simply visit the gym once or twice a week and go through the motions on the treadmill.
You need to increase the intensity so that you actually feel your heart pumping. Only then will you actually feel the benefits.
4 visits a week to the gym for a 30 minute intense workout will do wonders for how you feel and look.
Train your abs
Of course if you want a 4-pack you will need to work your abdominal muscles.
At the end of your workout take an extra 5 minutes to do a variety of core exercises such as crunches and planks for example.
Get plenty of rest
Getting plenty of rest after your workouts is important as it ensures you are able to heal. Aim to take at least 1 rest day a week and try to get a minimum of 8 hours sleep a night.