You look at Beyonce Knowles' gorgeous abs and you can't help but wish you'd find a genie in a lamp who would grant you that. But you know, you don't really need a miracle to achieve flat abs. Starting with these simple exercises and lifestyle tips, you can be on your way to seeing less and less of that flab in your tummy:
Tip # 1 - Stand up straight
This is a no-nonsense tip that most people take for granted. If only you would stand up straight and improve your posture, you'll be looking a lot less flabby on the tummy. To do this effectively, align your ears over your shoulders with your shoulders over your hips, your hips over your knees, and your knees over your ankles. Keep your weight even when you stand and walk. Not only would this make you look like you have flat abs, it would also do wonders for your back health, alleviating backaches and shoulder pains.
Tip # 2 - Exercise
The next most sensible thing to do would be to exercise, which is something that people again usually neglect. One of the most effective exercises for flattening the abs is the canoe twist. To do this, you need to stand upright with your feet slightly apart. Hold your hands together with your fingers interlaced into a strong grip. Exhale and then sweep your interlocked hands, arms, shoulders and chest to one side of your body, as if you're rowing a canoe. While doing this, lift up your knee, twisting your whole body. Repeat the motion on the other side. Repeat 20 times per session.
Another great exercise to try is the cat kick. First, stand with your feet together and extend your arms on the side. Exhale first and then lift your right leg forward and then up. Then, like a cat, extend your arms forward rounding your spine. Inhale and return to starting posture. Repeat 20 times, alternating the legs.
Then there is also the Pilates zip up, where you would stand upright with heels together but the toes slightly turned out. Raise your arms up and clasp your hands together underneath the chin. Exhale and then put your arms down while keeping the hands and arms close to the body while lifting your heels off the ground to tiptoe. Hold on to this position for two seconds before going back to your starting position. Repeat 20 times.
Tip # 3 - Have a well-balanced diet
Even if you exercise forever, if you don't watch your diet, you still won't get rid of that extra fat in your belly. What you should do is to eat a high-fiber, low calorie diet that wouldn't only reduce flab in the stomach but also improve your overall physique. Consult a dietician to ensure that you're getting enough calories that would keep you strong and healthy.
Tip # 4 - Stay away from stress and alcohol
You probably know about beer belly, and it's self-explanatory at that. But what you probably don't know is that stress can bring more fat into your belly. Be sure to take a break once in a while and to avoid stress as much as possible.