If you’re doing the same abdominal exercises every day, your abdominal area may have reached a plateau. If you are working your abs every day, try targeting them three times a week. This way, your muscles will get a chance to rebuild. Mix up your routine every few months, allowing your abdominal muscles to tone and tighten effectively.
Tone your abs by incorporating a new kind of crunch into your daily routine, like the climb-up exercise. Lie on your back on top of a yoga mat, then wrap a scarf around your left foot while holding the ends in your left hand. Extend your leg as straight as possible, then climb up the scarf, alternating hands. Reverse your hands to climb back down, returning to the starting position. Repeat 8 times on each foot.
Incorporate flat belly foods into your diet to reduce bloating. Men’s Health Magazine suggests adding avocado, eggs and grapefruit to your diet to minimize belly flab. Avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fats, eggs provide filling protein, and grapefruit helps the stomach feel full for longer, all of which can help minimize flab in the tummy area, states Men’s Health.
Reduce salt, alcohol and caffeine from your diet. Salt, alcohol and caffeine consumption can cause bloating by retaining excess water in the body, especially around the stomach area. Drink herbal tea or water, and season your food with herbs instead of salt for a flatter stomach.
Add an ab-strengthening exercise to your workout, like the Roll-Up. To perform the Roll-Up, lie on your back on top of a yoga mat and extend your arms straight out in front of you, like you are reaching for something. Use this momentum to pull your body up by your head, then reach over to touch your toes for three breaths. Roll back down slowly to the starting position, then repeat eight times.
Consume no more than 25 percent of your daily calories from fat. Eating a low-fat diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will help the bulge on your stomach melt away, leaving tight, toned abs in its place.
- Fitness Magazine: Strong, Sexy Abs
- Shape Magazine: Seriously Sexy Abs
- Columbia.edu: Bloated and Sick Around Period
- Men’s Health: 6 Essential Flat Belly Foods
- Men’s Fitness: Get Abs Fast