5 easy ways to lose midriff fat
Now that you've had your fair share of feasting and merrymaking, it's time to deal with the repercussions. We're talking about the excess flab on your stomach, which probably had something to do with the copious amounts of turkey and alcohol you were binging on over the last month.
If you're finding difficulty slipping back into your pencil skirts or LBDs, fret not — here to help you achieve a rocking, hard midriff are these sweet tips from Vanessa Koh, personal trainer at Pure Fitness. Ready, set, go.
1. Eat well
In your meal plan, include more protein and high fibre vegetables that keep you full longer, so you'll snack less in between meals. Consuming healthy fats will help you shed excess body fat. Lastly, drink more water to keep you satiated and prevent you from mistaking thirst for hunger.
2. Opt for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Perform exercises at your maximum effort for short periods of time. It burns calories more effectively compared to long and steady cardio. Choose exercises that use multiple muscle groups at once, as this helps to achieve your fitness goals faster than performing isolated strength training exercises.
3. Lift heavier weights
If you've been lifting light to moderate weights, it's time to increase the load. Lifting heavier weights and cutting down the resting time helps with the 'afterburn effect'. However, always make sure that you're lifting with the proper technique, or it can lead to injury.
4. Incorporate more core stability and strength exercises
Core stability refers to the stability of the spine, while core strength is about the ability to support the spine and keep the body stable and balanced — which allow you to perform daily activities and exercise safely and effectively. Exercises like planks, side plank, superman, reverse crunches, and opposite arm and leg raises are all great for building stability and abdominal strength.
5. Make time for recovery
Your body needs to repair and rejuvenate after any kind of exercise. Getting enough rest or sleep (six to eight hours) helps to strengthen the body and enhance exercise performance. It also regulates your metabolism, making the most of your workout. Over-training with little recovery can also interfere with muscle growth and fat burning, and may actually ruin your gains.