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How To Have A Flat Stomach - 2 Tips For Getting A Nice Flat Stomach

Having trouble getting a nice flat stomach? Don't worry you're not alone. Millions of people have that same goal but find it hard to have a flat stomach. The main culprit is lack of proper information. If you've learned that in order to have a flat stomach, you need to do endless repeats and sets of crunches and situps, well you'll never achieve your objective. These are wrong tips for getting a flat stomach, so if you continue in this direction, you'll be wasting your time. While flat stomach exercises do help in toning, firming and strengthening your stomach muscles, they won't burn the layer of fat on it. Many people think that they can do spot reduction of fat which is targeting specific body areas to burn fat, this is why they believe doing exercises on the stomach area will automatically eliminate fat deposits there. Nothing can be further from the truth. To get rid of your stomach fat, you only need to do two primary things, stomach training being only secondary.

Here are the two most fundamental things you need to focus on to have a flat stomach:

Diet and Nutrition

If only you could eat and drink everything you love often and still have no stomach fat but unfortunately you can't. Neglecting proper diet is the major cause for stomach fat along with sedentary lifestyle. If you want to have a flat stomach, you should start eating properly and focus on more healthy, fat burning foods and less fatty, sugary, salty and less calorie dense foods. Calorie dense foods will promote more fat and weight gain. Here are a few things to avoid:

Sugary foods

Junk foods and soda contain sugar and when your body is converting those sugars into energy and it's not used up, it will later convert to fats.

Fried foods

Deep fried foods like crispy chicken, french fries containing oil, fats and more calories.


Fast foods, restaurant foods and processed foods like canned foods contain great amount of sodium. Excess sodium is actually bad for stomach because it can cause bloating. Where sodium goes, water goes as well.

Flour heavy foods

Typically foods containing white flour like white bread, white pasta, pizza, waffles, tarts, pies, pancakes, donuts. White flour is converted into glucose fast and as you might know, glucose is sugar. Same principle as with sugary foods.

Saturated fats

These fats are not only unhealthy but also packs more calories. Sources include butter, cream, cheese, lard, bacon and red meat(go for leaner cuts if you do).

If you are exercising hard but still eating poor quality and calorie dense foods, you might not actually make any significant progress and you'll have a tougher time eliminating that stomach fat. Changing your diet will make you reach your goals faster. Some diet tips include focusing on whole grain foods and complex carbohydrates like 100% wholegrain oats, sweet potatoes and whole wheat bread, vegetables like broccoli, green beans and asparagus, lean protein like skinless chicken breast, egg whites and fish, healthy fats like olive oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil, avocado and walnuts. Eating smaller amounts per meal at regular intervals instead of 2-3 large meals is recommended. The starvation diet is not advisable as this would mean depriving your body from vital nutrients. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to get rid of stomach fat. You won't achieve a flat stomach by drastically reducing the daily amount of your food intake or starving yourself. Instead of getting results, you'll only make things worse.

Cardio Exercises

Now that you have your proper nutrition in place, it's time for some exercising. One crucial thing you need to understand is if you want to get rid of stomach fat, you have to start burning overall body fat. Like mentioned earlier, you can't do spot reduction of fat. If you're 20% body fat, it's your fat percentage for your entire body not only your belly area. Once your fat levels decrease, your stomach will become flatter. The key to burning fat is sweating profusely and cardio exercises would just do that. Using cardio machines in gym like treadmills or running in nature are some of the exercises you can do. What you need to do is a "calorie deficit" meaning calories you burn must be higher than calories you get from foods. For example, if you are ingesting 1,500 calories everyday and you are burning 2,000, you are shedding off an extra 500 calories in your body. Fats are excess calories so this means you're actually reducing your overall body fat percentage. Doing a cardio exercise routine on a consistent basis would result in a flatter stomach with time.

Here you have it, the key to have a flat stomach resides in having proper eating habits and lowering your body fat with cardio training.

For more detailed information and instructions about getting rid of belly fat for a nice flat stomach, I highly recommend The Truth About Six Pack Abs. Well written and illustrated with great fat burning techniques, nutrition advice and ab training methods, this is simply a MUST read for anyone wanting to get a flat stomach and lean muscular body. Go and pick up your own copy today.

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