13 Flat-Belly Tricks
Pros share their top sleek-stomach tips
Eat at this magic hour
No matter what, do not miss that snack. It's important because it boosts metabolism and balances blood sugar. The lower you keep your blood sugar, the lower you keep your insulin, and insulin makes you store fat around your middle. Eating every three to four hours will keep your blood sugar even, but many people tend to go five or six hours between lunch and dinner without eating."
Natasha Turner, naturopathic doctor, author of The Hormone Diet
Have a ball
Repeat the ball exchange 10 to 12 times, remembering to keep your lower back pressed into the floor as you do this move."
LaReine Chabut, author of Exercise Balls for Dummies
Beef up on this belly-zapping hormone
The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon...it's as simple as that."
Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure
Chew on this
Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet
Put crunches last on your flat-belly list (for real!)
Myatt Murphy, author of The Body You Want in the Time You Have
Watch the video: 5 Best Moves for Flatter Abs
Shake on the sea salt
Instead, flavor your food with a little fresh tomato salsa or a hint of cayenne pepper, which has an added benefit of boosting metabolism."
Susan Irby, "The Bikini Chef" and author of Substitute Yourself Skinny
Punch it out and lose 2 inches fast
Boxing also gives you a cardio workout that burns extra calories. Add 16 minutes of boxing three times a week to your regular cardio routine (30 minutes at high intensity four to five times a week), and you can lose up to 2 inches from your waist in four weeks. Simply throw punches while holding 1- or 2-pound weights for 8 minutes, alternating arms, then repeat without weights at a faster pace for 8 more minutes."
Michael Olajide Jr. and Leila Fazel, co-founders of Aerospace High Performance Center in New York City
Try the flat-belly cheat
If it's your legs, wear skirts or slim pants. Shouldersbare them even if just a bit with a boatneck or sweetheart neckline. Cleavage? Make sure your bra does its job. If your bra rides up in the back, the bra has likely stretched out. If it accentuates back flab or if the space between the cups doesn’t lie flat, go up a size."
Kim Johnson Gross, style expert and author of What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life
The ultimate flat-belly menu
Best lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Best dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.
Best snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.
Laugh it up!
Kristin McGee, Pilates expert
Watch the video: Express Yourself
“The plank is a favorite, but we take it to another level opening and closing the legs like scissors while at the same time raising and dropping the hips! So not only are you strengthening the core but also timing the hips, thighs and waist. [We also do] the trunk twist along with a back row using the bands. The benefit of this exercise will give you flat abs and coke bottle obliques while removing those fat handles from the back and arms.”
—Kourtney Kardashian’s trainer, Don Brooks, to E!
Work all of your core
“First and foremost you have to train your abs on all three planes. You have to train them forward and back with something like a crunch or double crunch. You have to train your abs laterally to hit the obliques with something like a dumbbell side bend. And you have to train your abs on a rotational plane—your transverse abs—and you can do that from a seated trunk twist."
—Lady Gaga's trainer, Harley Pasternak, to Rodale Wellness
Skip processed foods
"Refined grains like white bread, crackers, and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies. Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat. Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may therefore actually prevent belly fat.”
—Kate Patton, RD at Cleveland Clinic