Recently, I was talking with a good friend of mine,Tara, who was planning a trip to Hawaii. Her trip was in a couple months and she was completely stressed because she did not know how to improve her female abs before the trip.
You see, two years ago she had a child and was struggling to get rid of what she called her “muffin-top, mommy pooch”. A layer of stubborn belly fat that spilled out over the top of her jeans.
The biggest problem was that she was a VERY busy career mom with very little time for herself; and didn’t have time for complicated diet and exercise programs. Are you beginning to see her dilemma?
If you’re like many women, you’re juggling being a mom, a wife, having a career, being a daughter and/or maybe a sister. And you’re being pulled from multiple directions. So at the end of the day, how much time do you have left to really take care of yourself?
In the next 2 minutes, you’ll learn the 5 tricks I showed my friend to get great female abs that fits into the busiest lifestyles:
Tip#1: Be Determined to Take Time to Work on Your Female Abs
Now, I want you to think about the above sentence over and over. Just imagine for a moment giving yourself 15-30 solid minutes towards taking care of yourself and your flat tummy goal.
As we began talking about how Tara might reach her female abs goal in two months, I realized that carving out the few minutes it takes was her biggest challenge. With all her commitments, she’d forgotten her commitment to HERSELF.
Can you see yourself in Tara?
Now, as you continue to read my words, make a commitment to yourself that you are important enough to have time for just YOU- and not feel guilty about it. In fact, you probably already know that when you’re happy and taken care of, everyone else is happy.
Obviously, this can be easier said than done.
Here’s a secret: make time for yourself at the very start of the day. I’ve seen this very effective trick work over and over again. Using this secret guarantees that you’ll carve out the time to work on your female abs.
Tip#2: Reduce Your Stress
Okay, you’re probably wondering, “what do I do with the time I just committed to?” Relax!
Scientific fact: Too much stress leads to an overproduction of the hormone cortisol. Too much excess cortisol directly leads to excess belly fat.
What this all means is that your stress is making your stomach collect more belly fat. Not Good!
The two very effective ways to fight this are meditation and…get ready for it: dark chocolate!
Meditation is a proven stress-buster and according to the Journal of Proteome Research, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that reduce the “stress hormone”, cortisol.
See, this female abs thing doesn’t have to be all work and no play :)
The trick is to choose organic, dark chocolate made from 70, 80 or even 90% cacao (means fewer “bad ingredients”, like refined sugar) and limit your serving size to only 1 to 1-1/2 ounces. Too much of a good thing is still bad….
Tip#3: Make Simple But Effective Changes to What and How You Eat
Okay, let me confess something: this isn’t just about making time to relax and eat chocolate! You already know that it takes changing what and how you eat.
Stop! No dramatic diets please. Many studies have already proven that hardcore diets just do not work long-term. In fact, for most people, dieting actually makes pack on more fat in the long run.
I don’t want this to be you. See yourself mastering these 3 proven eating strategies for female abs:
- Eat 6 or smaller meals rather than 1-3 big meals to increase your metabolism and make fat-burning automatic
- Drink lots and lots of water
- Eat real foods that are unprocessed- e.g. oatmeal, fruits vegetables, lean meats and fish (just doing this will make a huge difference on your waist!)
- Eat consciously. When you eat, do nothing else. Stop eating when you no longer feel hungry.
Because, my friend Tara was so busy, I give her a copy of The Diet Solution Program. It came with a “Quick Start Guide” that allowed her to start getting results right away with a proven fat-burning eating strategy.
At first she was resistant because of the word “diet” in the name but I assured her that I hate “diets” too. The Diet Solution Program is not the name I would’ve chosen but the program is great! And Tara loves it because she loves food as much as I do and wanted a program that wasn’t frustratingly restrictive.
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Tip#4: The Real Secret to Long-Term Fat-Burning
Any expert will agree that while a good eating strategy is important, some kind of effective fat-burning is essential. It takes both a good eating strategy and training if you want great female abs.
But before you hop on that treadmill, know this: cardio is not the best way to burn fat!
You’ll be surprised to discover that muscle-building is actually better at burning fat which means you’ll see a nice, lean midsection faster!
“But I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder!” is what my friend said when I first suggested that she add muscle-building to her game plan.
Fortunately, women really don’t usually have to worry about over-building their muscles. Unless you do extreme bodybuilding, or take professional bulking supplements or steroids, you will never get the “Mr. Universe” type physique.
Certain areas of the body are more resistant to definition than others. Studies on exercise results between men and women show that men and women metabolize differently. While doctors are not completely sure why this happens, they suspect that the difference is hormonal.
According to fitness and nutrition expert, Mike Geary from the Truth About Six Pack Abs, the biggest mistake women make when trying to get female abs is only focusing on diet and cardio. The right kind of muscle-building actually gives far better results than cardio, long-term!
To prove this to Tara, I let her borrow my copy of Truth About Six Pack Abs where Mike give you a detailed, holistic plan to get nice abs for both women and men.
Tip#5: Build Your Abs!
After you have cleared away the fat, you still have to build your abdominal muscles to get that sexy, toned abs look. This takes time and training. No supplement and no miracle exercise program can do what consistency will produce.
Many people find that exercises like sit-ups create more back strain than results. The ideal ab exercises isolate the entire abdominal region, without putting unnecessary strain on your back.
Using a machine can speed up the effect, combined with floor exercises, like the bicycle and double crunch.
It takes time and effort to get those female abs to come out, but diet, exercise and persistence are the key factors.
Make sure you keep up the full-body, muscle-toning workout so that you get that overall toned appearance, while you build those beautiful female abs.
Have any of these proven useful for you? Let me know by leaving your comments below.