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How to Get a Flat Stomach

Updated on September 17, 2011

I can tell you how to get a flat stomach, but unless you are willing to do the work you will never lose the fat you need to lose to make it happen.  There is no secret way to get a flat stomach quickly and easily.  It will take discipline, and lots of it.

In most people, the stomach is the first area of the body to start retaining fat and the last to release it.  Most of the time, when you diet or exercise, fat is lost in the reverse order that it was gained.  So if you started collecting fat in your belly first, then hips, it will start coming off your hips first then your belly.  This is not a hard and fast rule, but that is usually how it works.

Since the stomach is usually the first area to start gaining fat, it is the last area that will lose the fat.  In order to get a flat stomach, you will need to continue your diet and exercise program until you are in such good shape that all of the excess fat has been burned.  This will take time and determination; there is no way around that.

How to Lose Belly Fat

The best way to lose your belly fat is through exercise. Diet alone will not do it. Even if you can lose all of the fat you need to lose by dieting, your stomach will not look flat if the muscles are not toned. The only way to tone your muscles is by exercising.

So what is the best kind of exercise to get a flat stomach? All of it is good! The best way to exercise is to find something you enjoy doing that requires physical activity and do it often. The important thing is to burn fat from your stomach and any type of exercise will do that. It is best if the activity you choose requires you to push yourself. If you never feel a little bit sore after exercising, then you are not exercising hard enough.

Although it's important to stretch your limits a little bit when you exercise, don't overdo it. Make sure you stretch first to avoid injury, and if you feel like you need to stop, then stop. Don't push yourself so much that you end up hurting yourself.

Exercises to Get a Flat Stomach

Once you have lost the fat, you'll still need to do some toning to have a flat stomach that you're not embarrassed to show off. The best exercises for this are those that work the abdominal muscles. There are many workout videos available that focus on the abs, so if you are working out at home you might want to invest in two or three of them so you aren't doing the same workout over and over again.

Crunches and Sit-ups

Sit-ups and crunches are the best exercises for toning the abdominal muscles. You will see results faster with crunches, so if you want to get a flat stomach make sure your workout includes plenty of them.

There are many different variations of crunches and sit-ups. Try doing several different types because some of them target different muscles than others. By doing a variety of crunches, you will get a more complete abdominal workout.

Abdominal Twist

Another type of exercise that is effective for toning the abs is the abdominal twist. This exercise requires you to twist the upper part of your body back and forth while you are standing with your arms extended to the sides.

You Can Get a Flat Stomach

Knowing how to get a flat stomach is only the beginning.  You won't get anywhere without applying the knowledge.  If you really want a flat stomach, you are going to have to start an exercise program and stick with it.  Staying in shape takes a lot of hard work and determination, but the good news is that unlike diets that may not work no matter how closely you follow them, exercise always works.  Just be willing to stick with it long enough to see results and you will eventually have a flat stomach you can be proud of to show off at the beach.


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      OddyDahBody 7 years ago

      interesting topic. ive been born thin but eventually got bulky esp on my hip and tummy area. might try these tips to get back in shape.. :)