"It takes more than working out hard and eating nutritious foods to get flat abs."
Here are a few cold hard truth's I've had to face. You will too.
Truth #1: It's not just what you eat but how much you eat.
- If you overeat healthy foods, you will gain weight.
- If you eat mostly healthy foods but splurge too often, you will gain weight.
- If you eat a lot of fat and sugar, your body is more likely to store fat in your midsection.
Truth #2: Following your friend's diet plan may be setting you up to fail.
- Some people's digestive systems have a harder time processing meat, dairy, and cheese than others.
- For some, gluten (a substance found in grains like wheat) causes inflammation of the stomach.
- In some people, some of the healthiest foods eaten in large quantities or with high frequency cause bloating and gas.
Truth #3: If sodas, sugar, salt, and processed foods (chips, cakes, cookies, etc.) make up too large of a portion of your diet - a puffy stomach is pretty much inevitable.
- The carbonation in sodas (even diet ones) can cause gas to get trapped in your belly and lead to bloating.
- Highly processed foods tend to be high in sodium and low in fiber, both of which can contribute to that bloated feeling.
- Eating more than 2-3 artificially sweetened foods and drinks per day (think Splenda, Aspartame, Sweet-N-Low, etc.) has been proven to cause bloating too.
Here is formula for flat abs...drum roll please!
+ 30% Exercise
= 100% Better Results
Notice which of the two - diet or exercise - gets the greater weighting! But don't get it twisted - you still need to workout. 150 minutes a week is the goal.
Now if you feel pretty good about your workout routine but don't quite know where to start with your diet, have no fear, Coach Tam is here!
Here's your 5 Step Flat Belly Action Plan:
- Identify any self-sabotaging behavior patterns. What are you eating too much of? When? Now for the kicker: Why are you doing it?
- If you suspect you may have a food allergy or sensitivity (gluten, dairy, etc.), reduce your intake and schedule an appointment with your doctor.
- Start reading food labels and make a conscious effort to eat less sugar, salt, and processed foods.
- Spend more time shopping the perimeter, not the center, of the grocery store - that's where the whole foods are.
- Get your portions in check. There is a such thing as too much of a good thing!
Need a little help?
Email me and let me know what days and times you can chat. Schedule a complimentary consultation by 8/31/15 and get a FREE 7 Day Healthy Jumpstart Meal Plan. Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free plans available.
Let's do this!
Your partner in health and fitness,