Turkey day is just around the corner, so now is the time to start planning to beat the belly bulge and stay slim and sexy for your wedding day and beyond.
Jennelle Nadeau of The Personalized Physique
was kind enough to offer these 7 Great Tips to Fab Abs
1. Limit Your Salt Intake:
Your body retains water when you fail to watch your sodium intake. Remember to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water in order to maintain proper hydration, thus helping the body carry out excess fat, toxins, and regular digestion functions.
2. Change Your Exercise Routine:
Utilizing the same routine year after year causes your body to plateau once it has "mastered" the strength level needed to perform that exercise movement. Therefore it is important to constantly be changing and challenging the abdominals. Rotate which movements you do for the stomach and core and progressively build them to become more challenging.
3. Add Cardio:
It take proper diet, weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise to ward off the pounds in the middle. Aim for 30 minutes of cardio 3 days per week at modern intensity.
4. Add the RIGHT Cardio:
Just because you "workout" doesn't mean that you are going to lose weight. Ensure that your heart rate stays in the optimal "fat burning zone" -- 65% of your max heart rate. Do the math: 220 minus your age = max heart rate. Multiply this by .65=what you should aim to keep your heart rate target.
5. Get Your Fiber Fix:
Eating enough fiber helps digestion, helps flush excess waste and fat out of the system, keeps you full longer, helps prevents diabetes, and makes everything regular. Women should aim for 25 grams of fiber daily, Men 38 grams daily.
6. Avoid Late Night Eating, Fad Dieting, Yo-Yo Dieting:
Enough said! Remember, never miss breakfast, snack every 3 hours, avoid late night heavy meals and leave yourself at least 1.5 hours to digest before bed.
7. Don't Blame Your Age:
As you age your metabolism does slow down but this does not mean that you will never again fit into your "skinny" jeans. Increasing your lean muscle mass will help burn more calories and fat around your middle. Setting up a consistent, regular program geared toward your abdominal goals can help you stay focused and on track.