Weight Loss Tips for Flat Abs
Frustrated with a flabby belly? You can get great flat abs by following these weight loss tips by Shape.
Can't get rid of your flabby belly, even though you do sit-ups and crunches until you're ready to drop? Maybe you're so mortified by the condition of your abs that you've relegated your bikini and low-rise jeans to the dark recesses of your closet.
Before you dump on (or just plain dump) your routines for not giving you killer abs, you should know the real culprit may be your diet — or even your high-stress lifestyle.
If you want to go from fat to fab abs, new research shows that what you eat is just as important as how — or even how much — you work out. And lifestyle counts, too, because stress doesn't just mess with your head, it also can induce a pooch.
Following are six weight loss tips from the country's leading weight-loss, nutrition and stress experts, all designed to get you flat abs in just four weeks, plus three delicious, low fat recipes that will fill you up without making you look or feel bloated.
Diet Tips # 1. Eat more fiber.
Not eating enough fiber may be a major reason women are getting fatter and flabbier. To ditch the fat and show off firm, beautiful abs, you need to eat at least 25 grams of fiber daily, says leading fiber researcher David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Food and Nutrition Board. Fiber, which is the indigestible part of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods, helps you achieve flat abs for three reasons:
Bonus Diet Tips: The "bulk" factor Fiber is like a dry sponge. When it combines with the water in your digestive tract, it makes everything move through more quickly.