How many times have we heard that “a flat stomach is made in the kitchen”? I’ll be honest, before I actually knew what it meant, I was totally annoyed by the idea that abs were made in the kitchen. What does that even mean? I wanted a flatter tummy and I wanted it yesterday.
I mean, I am quite literally the most impatient person ever. However, something that I have learned is that anything worth having is worth working for. These crazy crash diets that are going around that are for only a few weeks may produce “immediate” results, but they are not results that you can depend on to stick around.
I recommend that you be extremely cautious about websites that claim a 24 hour cleanse by drinking a concoction of unicorn hair and olive oil. Those types of crash cleanses can cause more harm than good in regards to not only a flatter stomach but your over all health! Really work towards having an over all healthy lifestyle and making good healthy food choices every single day. With this type of living, it makes it so that you do not feel like you have to do these crash cleanses or extreme diets.
So how do you get a flatter stomach?
Well, to be quite honest with you, the road to a flatter stomach really does start in the kitchen. However, the kitchen is not the only place that flat stomachs are made: the gym and the kitchen.
Here’s how I will lay this post out. We will talk about the two places, and how to easily utilize those two places to get you on the road to a flatter stomach. These will be easy steps that you can incorporate into your daily schedule. Plus, when you make it all the way to the end, I will give you my top 6 core strengthening exercises.
The #1 Killer of a Flatter Stomach
Guess what the number one destroyer of abs is? SUGAR. You would not BELIEVE what has added sugar in it. Things that are naturally sweet get sugar added to them! Growing up I always saw my mom read labels and she taught me to do the same. However, for the first few years out of the house, I didn’t care so much. Fast forward to when I started caring again and reading labels and I found sugar in dang near everything.
Game Changing Trick to avoiding Sugar
Check out what is actually in your food. Reading food labels is the one game changer that can take your ab game to the next level.
Anybody ever read a food label and come across a word (or 12 words) that looks like this? Rfalkwjfvl and you think what the heck is that? Yep, nobody knows except the scientist that made it up somewhere in the lab for nobody knows what reason. Look for ingredients you can pronounce and know what those ingredients are. Reducing added sugar out of your diet and you will be amazed at the difference in your stomach.
When in doubt, grab the fresh stuff. Yes, it goes bad quicker but that is the point! I make a trip to the grocery store once a week because that is all the longer our produce will last. Meat is frozen as soon as it gets home unless I am cooking it that night because the preservatives on it are minimal!
Pro Tip- when you’re grocery shopping, stay to the outer edges of the store. That is where the perishable food items typically are. (Minus the bakery! 🙂 ) Fresh is always best.
Healthy Eating does not have to be boring! I’m definitely not a chef. I know my way around the kitchen a bit but to say that I am skilled is really not accurate. So, I let the experts teach me and show me how to make yummy and healthy food. The Healthy Cookbook for Two that can be grabbed on Amazon will help you think outside of the box in regards to your meals and keep things interesting!
My hubby and I started meal prepping once a week and it has really made a difference for us! We find recipes that are good warmed up and we cook everything ahead of time and then we have all of our meals for the week. It has really helped because we have healthy well balanced in the fridge ready to roll.
I have found that the easiest is prepping once a week but you have to decide and figure out what works for you! It’ll take practice and some experimenting but don’t worry, you’ll get it, sis.
Moving on to Workouts
Something that I tell my clients is that a strong core is the basis for the rest of your body. It’s scientifically proven and it’s what we’re taught as personal trainers. When I personally train my clients whether local or virtual, we always make sure that the core is part of the workout.
Girl, you’ve been to the gym for years, you know the saying of keeping your core tight. Remember that it doesn’t mean to suck in your belly and hold your breath. Zip up your abs starting at your pelvic floor and pulling your abs in towards your mid-line. You can practice at home before your workouts of keeping those abs tight and breathing! That can also be done while you’re sitting at your desk or when you’re out working with your clients.
Another word on workouts…
Also remember that there are WAY more ab workouts than crunches. Your ab muscles wrap around the side of your trunk as well and working on those obliques are a major part of having a flatter tummy. Make abs part of your everyday gym routine which brings me to your freebie!
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These 6 exercises are part of my normal routine and I mix them into most of my clients workouts as well!
One last thing- remember that your worth is not defined by a number on the scale or how your pants fit. It’s just not. Work towards solid core strength and you will be well on your way to success, sister.