Flatten the Stomach
Using our Diet Tips and Exercise Suggestions
(Updated 6-13-11) To flatten the stomach, you might consider, you just need to exercise those stomach muscles and lose more weight.
But... there's more here to know.
Diet is extremely important. When you get a good balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, it all works better.
When I was in my 20's, I had a pudgy stomach. I absolutely hated it. My clothes were tight around the middle and I was uncomfortable. So I learned a few things that eliminated the problem.
I found "what food you eat" and "when you eat it" has a lot to do with with how to flatten the stomach just as much as exercise.
Tips to Help You Flatten the Stomach
Choose one or more to begin making a difference.
- Drink an 8 oz glass of water before eating a cooked meal and then don't drink liquid during your meal when cooked. Water before a meal brings fresh oxygen to the intestines and will enhance your digestion. When taken with the meal, it mixes with the meal and only adds to the bulge.
- Don't eat cooked meats, fish or poultry with starchy foods. They don't like the same enzymes and take a long time to digest when eaten together. This creates the bulge. And this goes double for fruits with a cooked meal. The result is gas and bloating which can be uncomfortable in more ways than one. Get this one right and see some significant gain in your ability to flatten the stomach.
- Eat carbohydrates, proteins and good fats at the same meal following the 40-30-30 formula or the Zone Diet. This can get great results, ignoring other tips when you follow the specific rules on food in books relating this subject.
- Take enzymes that are suppose to assist in the digestion of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They may be in different little capsules so inspect the functions before you purchase. No all enzymes are equal so you'll have to test for yourself to see which ones work.
- If you're never full after finishing your meal, eat two to four raw organic or sustainably grown olives as part of your good fats quota and save one or two for the end of the meal. These raw olives provide the really good oils for the body as well as a great source of minerals. By providing so much nutrition, they are vary satisfying. For us, believe it or not, they take the place of a dessert.
- Eat your largest protein meal in the morning. Your stomach is empty and will digest well and keep you going for hours. But for cooked food, I still ensure good protein digestion with digestive enzymes.
Glen and I use to eat a small portion of salmon or bison every morning with a very large salad and a good oil dressing. We did find we do better with less fish and bison. We now only eat fish or bison once or twice a week for lunch.
We switched over to nuts, seeds, and our highly nutritious smoothie for breakfast everyday. This really keeps us going for hours and our digestion works better with less cooked proteins.
- Follow a good exercise program with some special focus on a flat stomach once your eating is under better control. Sit-ups are good but very strenuous unless you are already in good shape.
There are some SUPER isometric exercises in a simple book called "The Miracle Seven" by John E. Peterson and Wendie Pett.
There's one stomach exercise (Abdominal Contraction, page 46-47) in this book that you can do throughout the day with excellent benefit. And... it takes less than five minutes each time. Very easy to do anywhere, and very effective.
We were previously doing the stomach exercises given by Callan Pinckney in Callanetics. In fact there is a DVD out called "Quick Callanetics Stomach" that will help you flatten the stomach.
I personally like the "Abdominal Contraction" better since it can be done anywhere and in very little time.
- 40-30-30 Fat Burning Nutrition by Joyce & Gene Daoust
- Enter the Zone by Barry Sears Ph.D., with Bill Lawren,
- The Healing Power of Enzymes by DicQie Fuller, Ph.D., D.Sc.
- Enzyme Nutrition by Dr. Edward Howell
- Callanetics by Callan Pinckney
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