How to get a flat stomach? This question is a tough one. As most of us have heard – weight loss is all about our food intake, and calories in and out. This is very true. However, the quality of the food we eat today isn’t as good as what it used to be. The quality of nutrients on most of our plates is minimal. So, often we get full from the food we eat but our body isn’t fulfilled and nutritionally satisfied.
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The body usually gives you signs that you are not getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs but often, we are too busy to listen to them or are blind to seeing it. There are some tell-tale signs like more weight around the organs and increased fat around the midsection. For women, they usually have more weight around their hips and thighs. Lowering the fat percentage around this area is beneficial for the reproductive organs and keeping them safe. But because this is the priority for the body, it won’t focus on how to get a flat stomach.
To get a flat stomach, first of all, you need to be healthy both inside and out. To do this, you need to get fit, eat consistently, and keep the intake of quality nutrients high at all times. This can be hard work if you do not do this currently but let’s face it you’re chasing what you don’t have because you don’t do what you need to be doing. I will be honest and tell you that there are no shortcuts to doing this. You have to put in the hard work and dedication. You may notice a friend who doesn’t have to work as hard as you but is genetically gifted – yes, some people are lucky but these people still have to put in the hard work otherwise they will end up gaining weight around their body at the some point. It is not easy to figure out how to get a flat stomach but it is worth it.
Going back to how to get a flat stomach – to keep that region in tip-top shape you shouldn’t be fooled by what the fitness industry is telling you. For example, often people get told to do hundreds of crunches a week to get the abs they always wanted. Firstly, you cannot spot burn a part of your body so doing these crunches will not help one part of your body. But secondly, I am going to tell you now that you don’t get abs by doing abs. Crunches are one of the biggest time wasters when you are figuring out how to get a flat stomach. Crunches, in fact, will create the complete opposite effect. Don’t get me wrong, there is some benefit to doing crunches, but it sure isn’t going to help you lose weight, in general, especially not around your midsection.
The body fat that covers your abdominal muscles needs to go before you can even start to shape or define your abdominal wall. So while using these crunches to tighten up your abs may work, it the crunch is performed well, it will more than likely just push the stomach out as a whole and a little bit further away from the spine. So, it will make you feel and/or look worse off.
I will be honest with you and say that the best way to target body fat in the body is to eat proper foods. Fat is distributed and burnt off all according to the hormones within the body, therefore every case for burning fat is unique and different. Where your body stores fat actually has nothing to do with anyone other than you as well. Don’t look at the habits of your parents and blame them – this is an excuse for not figuring out how to get a flat stomach. If you eat well, exercise daily and spend some quality time on you, for you, you wouldn’t be in this predicament that you are in trying to find out how to get a flat stomach.
Take ownership of the situation you are in and start to fix the problem now but from the inside out. Get rid of your bad habits, create a new drive, new goals, new targets and then in a short amount of time, you will start to see the results that you are looking for soon enough. And once you are on a roll, it is just a matter of staying on track most of the time. But at first, give it your all. Do it for someone else because most of us are better at proving others wrong rather than proving anything to ourselves. We ultimately put ourselves in this situation, so only we can get our of the situation ourselves. And it isn’t going to happen just by doing crunches ladies and gentlemen…
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Tom Topham holds a 1st class honours degree in Sports Science (Human Performance) from Brunel University, England. He also comes from a triathlon background, competing as an age-grouper and holds a level 2 triathlon coaching qualification.
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Pierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.
Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them. Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.
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Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.