As a health and wellness coach, the number-one question that everybody asks isn't, "How do I live longer?" or "What can I do for more energy?" It's almost always, "How do I lose this tummy?" In a world where we're bombarded by ads promoting four-, six- and eight-packs, it's no wonder we're obsessed with abs.
While having tight and toned abs is partly genetic, the great news is that there are a number of things that you can do today to firm, slim and define your midsection for good.
1. Drink Green Tea
Green tea has been shown to boost the immune system and fight cancer-causing cells in our body, but it also works very well to assist in the burning of excess weight and body fat.
The epigallocatechin gallate component in green tea acts as a thermogenic, meaning that it stimulates the fat-burning process. You'd need to drink at least seven cups of green tea per day to get the effects of two to three capsules of a green-tea supplement, so I suggest taking them in the morning to avoid caffeine stimulation later in the day or choose a decaffeinated version.
2. Interval Cardio
The good news is that long cardio sessions are over and interval cardio is taking its place. Interval training involves sprinting or pushing the body into an anaerobic state in short bursts of exertion for 20 to 30 seconds with rest periods in between.
When doing interval cardio, there's less oxygen available to the muscles and the body will more quickly fatigue. A 20-minute session of interval cardiovascular exercise just three days per week stimulates the fat stores in our body and works to burn excess weight.
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On either the elliptical machine or recumbent bike, do a three-minute warm-up. Increase resistance and sprint for 30 seconds, then reduce resistance again and perform a 90-second cool-down. Do this eight times followed by a two-minute cool-down at the end for a total of 19.5 minutes just three days per week. That's it.
3. Eat More Fat
This seems completely contrary to logic, but the latest research shows that by consuming more healthy unsaturated fats, such as coconut, avocado, olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds, not only do we feel satiated longer, but our systems also gets busy stimulating the fat-burning process within our bodies.
Studies have found that those who ate foods higher in healthy fats, such as those found in the Mediterranean diet, had a lower body-mass index. This means less body fat and a leaner frame than those who ate a low-fat diet. They also lost excess weight more easily.
We all want to look and feel our best, and getting there just takes some consistent effort. By following these simple steps and committing to them for a minimum of three months, you are well on your way to a slimmer, tighter and more toned belly -- just in time for 2018!
For those interested in starting a new exercise program but don't have time we will be offering 30 minute HIIT training classes early mornings starting in January. These classes are from 7am to 9am and start every 3 minutes. So you can come in when the bell rings and finish the circuit in just 30 minutes.
KIKBOXFIT is the newest exercise program for busy professionals who have a limited time to workout. The best part is we are offering 50% off if you register before December 21st. You can even purchase a gift certificate at 50% off. So if you buy the $25 gift certificate its worth $50. Don't wait to long because this offer expires December 21st.
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