We all have a specific area of our physique we want to improve, however by far the most common fitness goal I hear from people around the world has to be... “I want abs!” I see it in every gym, in every corner of the world I’ve visited, people performing abdominal exercises for their life with hopes their abs will poke through. We’ve also all likely heard it a time or two “abs are made in the kitchen”, and although there is a great deal of truth to this, there are other important elements needed to carve your body to the core.
The formula is simple. Boost your metabolism by consuming bloat-reducing, fat-melting foods… and burn fat through exercise.
Melt away the midsection fat! Everybody has abs, you need to peel back the layers to reveal what’s underneath with proper nutrition. Engage in the right core-strengthening exercises to further sculpt the abdominals.Reduce stress and get adequate sleep to stave off hormonal weight gain in the midsection.
First things first, stock up on the right fuel. The top foods to reveal your abs contain fiber to fight bloat, antioxidants to keep you functioning at your best while driving effective exercise to burn the fat, and healthy proteins and fats to fuel the fire for a revved up metabolism. Below are a few of my go-to ab foods:
3. Berries & Grapes
4. Leafy Greens
5. Salmon and Other Omega-Packed Fish
6. Quinoa or Other Power Grains
With proper nutrition in check, the next step to cutting to your core is to GET MOVING! Cardio and a core-cutting circuit are key to burning the fat in the midsection. Kick up your core cut The Calliet Way:
With your nutrition and exercise in check, it is vital to your success to allow yourself rest and recovery through sleep. Without proper sleep hygiene, we activate the effects of the stress hormone cortisol which can lead to weight gain. You might not be able to get the recommended 7-9 hours each night, but understand that lack of rest will add up and put you in a place of low energy. Your workouts will suffer, your mood will take a hit, and you will find it difficult to stay the course with your regimen. Be good to yourself; eat right, work your body, get adequate sleep, repeat.
Visit my blog next week for an ab-targeted HIIT series that will have your core cut #TheCallietWay!