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AboutKatrina Hodgson, NASM CPT, BS Health Science, has helped thousands reach their goals by designing fitness programs with her workout videos and her website ToneItUp.com. As one of Diet.comís featured personal trainers she hopes to share her passion for fitness and continue to make a positive impact for the Diet.com community.
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Spring is here and I have received many questions this week on how to flatten your tummy!! With bathing suits right around the corner and summer dresses, we want to be able to fit into the clothes we want to wear and feel great in! Tightening up your abs is one of the hardest things because there is no single solution. It takes 3 main commitments that you want to incorporate into your lifestyle.
First thing is calories! Any fat that is overlaying your muscle needs to be broken down into energy Ďburning fatí. To do this, take in fewer calories in than you burn. That simple? Yes, but itís hard. Itís very easy to overindulge in a few extra hundred calories (yes hundreds!) with a couple glasses of wine or even calories from healthy foods! No matter what, calories are calories and we want to take in less than what we burn in order to lose fat. Some food are more calorie dense, so make wise food choices throughout the day. Some examples are to drink low calorie drinks like crystal light, fill up on low calorie foods like fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated all day so that you do not mistake thirst for hunger. With these small changes you can deduct just a few hundred calories from your diet each day. Be creative!
The second great way to lose fat in your abdominal area is to do cardio. Whether itís walking, taking your kids to a park, walking stairs, jogging and or doing cardio on machines like ellipticals or bikes, itís all burning calories. Try to stay within your target heart rate zone to achieve the most out of your cardio workout! (Check out my last blog on burning calories)
The third most important part is to build sexy abdominal muscles below your layer of fat so that when we lose a few extra pounds, the tight muscle is exposed and gives you a smooth flat appearance to your ... Continue
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