DOs and DONTs for a flat toned stomach
Belly fat is often said to be the most troublesome area on the whole body. Lots of people, despite putting in constant efforts, remain unable to tone their tummy. Many blame it on ‘genetics’, which can be true. While the latter plays an important role, it’s also completely possible to beat your genes. Also, it takes a lot of time to see drastic changes and one should never despair. I’ve covered every basic tip there is and taken into account everyone’s situation. First, let’s get started with the small and basic steps you must be doing before you go on to anything else. After reading these, be sure to check out: The PROPER Way To Workout.
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is good for boosting your metabolism, dissolving minerals/nutrients, removing waste products, regulating body temperature, preventing many diseases and much more. Thus, it’s important to drink at least 8 regular glasses daily. Not just that, you should be drinking an additional amount on days that you work out. Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and when we exercise we lose significant proportions of it. Being even slightly dehydrated results in poor performance.
2. Get enough sleep
3. Eat Clean
I can’t stress on this point enough. Most people don’t realise that the key is 70% diet and 30% exercise. No matter how efficient we work out, we can’t undo the several years of bad diet and the constant eating of junk food, at the same time. Make sure you eat only foods that are nutritious and if you really must cheat, then do that no more than once a fortnight. After achieving the flat belly you’ve been looking for, you can start cheating once or twice a week. I’d suggest only whole grains, fruit, veggies, pulses, millets, oats, meat, etc. That especially means cutting out refined wheat flour bread, pasta, noodles, rice or packaged food.
4. Check on food allergies
5. Be calorie-conscious (or not)
6. Be stressfree
Again, stress can harm your body a lot. If you’re continuously stressed from work, travel, social life, etc, it can obstruct your physical progress.
7. Don’t take excessive medications
8. Work out in moderation
Too much exercise may feel satisfying to you, but it often is the culprit for keeping your body the way it is or even making it worse. Your muscles will become constantly damaged and never get the time to build themselves. There’s no one guideline as everyone’s different. Some people can handle more than others. It’s important to listen to your body, stop when you feel exhausted and leave in some rest days. As a general rule of thumb, work out no more than 2 hours a day and for 5 days a week. Also, it’s a good idea to progressively increase the intensity of your routines as you go up. Don’t start doing too less, as that is no good either. Remember to maintain an essential balance.