Imagine this: You are at the beach and you take off your shirt or tank top and you reveal a sexy, tone and tight midsection.
This applies to men and women…
People start to take a peak and glance at you thinking that you spend hour upon hour in the gym or you have done 1,000 crunches a day.
The reality is everyone wants a ripped midsection or those 6-pack abs.
Unfortunately, so many do spend hours in the gym dying on that treadmill and they are still trying to achieve that 6-pack.
They cut out the bread, pastas, soda and desserts and exchange it for plain chicken, turkey and boring salads.
Who loves doing that?...
Not anyone I know.
What you may not know is that you don’t have to eat like that to get a 6-pack. You can’t eat desserts all day, but you don’t have to eat that plain boring chicken breast.
I wouldn’t call these secrets, but more common sense nutrition and exercise strategies that may be the missing pieces you need to shed unwanted belly fat and reveal that six-pack you have lying under that layer of fat.
Flat Belly Secret #1: Yes, Protein Shakes Are The Real Deal
The right ratio of macronutrients such as carbs, protein and fat is vitally important as the type of workouts you do.
When you exercise and strength train you need to feed that muscle so that it comes back stronger and better before the next workout. Protein contains essential amino acids that are vital for providing your muscles the nutrients they need to build new lean muscle.
Many people actually do not get enough protein in their day so by adding a protein shake to increase your protein intake will provide the nutrients necessary to build new muscle and repair existing muscle.
Flat Belly Secret #2: Exercise Smarter, Not Harder
There is no need to spend hours in the gym or do hundreds of ab exercises to get that six-pack. We all know exercise helps to burn calories and can help lead to weight loss.
Though if you find yourself not making the progress you expected it might be time to exercise smarter. Work in more bouts of interval training and High Intensity Intervals.
By switching up workouts and focusing on strength training boosts lean muscle development which then boosts your metabolism and increases the amount of calories burned each and every day.
Interval training has been shown to burn more calories during the workout, but also burn more calories AFTER the workout.
Interval training has also been shown to preserve your muscle tissue while burning FAT which is actually hard to do.
Flat Belly Secret #3: Carbs Are Not Your Enemy
Most people think they have to avoid carbs if they want to lose weight, but in reality you just have to avoid eating too many carbs and the wrong carbs.
Just like everything you eat if you eat too much of it like carbs then you will store too many calories as fat.
If you have the correct proportion of “healthy” carbs then your metabolism can run strong and you will lose weight.
Some good carb options are sprouted grains, fruits and vegetables. These are full of fiber and will help with appetite control.
Fiber rich foods have been found to help with weight loss by making you feel fuller for a longer period of time and prevent spikes in insulin.
You do want to avoid processed carbs such as white breads, pastas and carbs that lack nutrients.
Flat Belly Secret #4: Burn More Fat With…Fat
Believe it or not fats are an essential part to a healthy diet.
When you include healthy fats at each meal you may increase your loss of belly fat.
Just like carbs though the types of fat do matter.
Fat that have been linked to increased fat burning are fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Fat burning increased even when participants calories stayed the same.
These types of fats are also essential for cellular repair, hormone production and many other vital processes that take place in your body.
Foods that have these healthy fats are eggs, flaxseed oil, olive oil, wild fatty fish, grass fed beef, and avocados. These types of fats will also help you feel fuller throughout the day.
In order to successfully lose weight you need to combine a solid exercise program along with sound nutritional principles. Keep these 4 secrets in mind when you are planning out your program to increase your metabolism and boost fat loss.
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