Good morning ladies, its nearly the end of another week- how are you all felling?
Having a flat stomach is on most people’s list of things they want to achieve when starting a new fitness regime. If you have a special occasion or simply want to learn the tips and tricks to a flat stomach, read on!
Eat a Snack at 3pm
For most people, 3pm is their weak spot. They find themselves really hungry all of a sudden so they reach for the most satisfying thing that they can find. For some people, this is usually a pack of crisps, a muffin or chocolate bar. The problem with this is that it can cause your insulin and blood sugar levels to spike and then drop shortly after, which may leave you feeling tired and lethargic and even more hungry!
On the other end of the scale, many people find 3pm to be the busy point in their day and generally don’t eat anything until dinner. The issue with this is that it causes such a large gap between lunch and dinner (5-6 hours).
During this time, your metabolism begins to slow down and your blood sugar levels begin to drop. To make sure you are keeping your blood sugar levels stable (not too high, nor too low), it is important to snack on lean protein and whole grain carbohydrates throughout the day (i.e. every 3-4 hours).
So rather than reaching for foods that are going to wreak havoc on your insulin and blood sugar levels, swap them for some turkey slices, nuts, or a boiled egg.
Stay Away From Salt If you eat many foods high in salt, this could be the reason your stomach is bloated and looking all puffy. Salt (or sodium) is often hidden in foods to help make them taste better, even if the food doesn’t actually taste ‘salty’.
Eating too fast will cause you to swallow air, which in turn leads to poor digestion and bloating in your stomach. Try to slow down and enjoy each mouthful - this mean no multi-tasking and no distractions. This way you can really concentrate on chewing your food properly and not gulping it down! Try putting your fork or spoon down after each mouthful and only going in for your next one when you have completely swallowed the last. Go Green! Green tea has an antioxidant in it called EGCG, which may help to boost your metabolism and help your body to utilise fat. For best results, drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day. You can even make it iced by adding ice cubes and leaving it in the fridge for a few hours!
Perform Cardio Daily
Before you groan at the thought of slugging it out on the treadmill every day, hear me out! Performing any type of cardio daily can help keep your metabolism going and fat burning. This can be as simple as waking up earlier and going for a 30 minute walk, and incorporating our the Booticamp Babes lesson plans into your routine and following the skippng plan.
Whatever it is, make sure to get your heart rate pumping at least once a day to help burn fat and get lean. Try incorporating these easy tips into your everyday routine to achieve the best results!