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8 Foods For a Flatter Tummy

8 Foods For a Flatter Tummy

In order to get a flatter tummy, you have to lose weight. In order to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. There are many low-calorie foods out there that can help you accomplish this. Here are 10 of my favorites.

1. Strawberries

strawberries

    Berries of any sort are way lower calorie than you would expect for the sweetness and volume. Strawberries are just my favorite — blackberries too. A full 100g serving of berries yields 30-40 calories, tons of fiber, and antioxidants. You could eat a full pound of berries for less than 150 calories. They’ll curb your sweet tooth too.

    2. Popcorn (unbuttered)

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    popcorn

      Movie theater popcorn is one of the worst possible things you could eat while dieting. A large bag of popcorn at your average theater puts you down upwards of 1000 calories. The problem is the butter. Getting completely unbuttered popcorn is ridiculously low-calorie in comparison and very high volume to keep you full. It’s an excellent salty snack to kick yet another craving while trying to lose the belly fluff.

      3. Zucchini

      zucchini

        Zucchini is actually quite versatile when it comes to dieting. Boasting only about half the calories of the same amount of berries (only about 17 calories per 100g), it will keep you ridiculously full. It’s an excellent tool for big eaters. You can split your zucchini down the middle and use it as pizza crust for low-carb zucchizza. You can even grate up your zucchini and throw it into your oats to double (or even triple) the volume. Trust me, you won’t taste them. I was skeptical at first too. I’ve come to find it’s one of the most awesome tricks to help you eat more food while consuming fewer calories.

        4. Greek Yogurt

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        greek yogurt

          Greek yogurt is another versatile, high-volume food for fewer calories. It has the added benefit of being extra high protein too. In comparison to carbs and fats, protein burns the most calories while digesting so you get an extra metabolic boost. Throw some berries into your greek yogurt for a low-cal, high-protein, extremely filling, sweet snack.

          5. Egg Whites

          egg whites

            Remember what I just said about protein having the highest metabolic calorie-burn? Well, egg whites are one of the few foods out there that is almost 100% protein. Lean meats are close, but they typically have more fat than egg whites. It’s important to eat enough protein so that your muscles don’t shrink. This helps you decrease your body fat percentage as you lose weight and will make your stomach appear flatter and more defined. I like my egg whites with a little garlic and hot sauce.

            6. Oatmeal

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            oatmeal

              Yes, carbs are on the list. You need carbs to fuel your workouts and you should definitely be working out if you want to see the best results. Oats are one of the best options because they are slow-digesting and contain B-vitamins to give you prolonged energy throughout the day. I usually eat my oats about an hour before my workouts. If you need an extra protein kick, try mixing in a scoop of protein powder into them! For extra volume, throw in some grated zucchini to make zoats!

              7. Grilled Chicken

              grilled chicken

                Grilled chicken is a staple in most bodybuilding diets. That’s because it is one of the leanest meats out there and provides a whopping 25-30g of protein per 4 oz piece. Sure, it’s not as good as fried chicken — just remember the goal you’ve set for yourself. Fried chicken sandwiches are great, but grilled chicken sandwiches are pretty darn good too. Throw on some honey mustard and you’re golden.

                8. Unsweetened Almond Milk

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                almond milk

                  Almond milk is an excellent low-calorie, low-carb alternative to regular dairy milk. I prefer skim milk myself, but almond milk boasts only about 1/3 of the calories skim milk does. For those looking to cut back on the calories, almond milk is definitely a good option for your cereals and even as a mix in for some tasty drinks. Some people even use it for baking.

                  In order to see the best results, you should also implement an exercise routine. You can find a list of over 100 5-minute core workouts you can do at home without a gym membership here.

                  Cardio is also important to increase calorie burn and see results faster. Implement 2 or 3 20-30 minute cardio sessions weekly to speed up your results.

                  That said, stay consistent and be patient. Change takes time. If you stick to your guns with the proper nutrition and exercise, your results will be amazing.

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                  Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                  Video Summary

                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                How to hold a plank position

                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                  • Prolapse
                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                  • Previous childbirth
                                  • Overweight

                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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