Start the day with a little toning that targets your core. Strong ab muscles not only create definition, but those inner core muscles also act like an inner corset, helping define your waist. For an effective ab workout when you wake up, look to the midriff-baring experts; this core workout using items in your house and will help get you ready to bare it all, no matter what the weather.
EAT HEALTHY BREAKFAST
For flatter abs, remember to eat breakfast. Your first meal will help jump start your fat-melting metabolism, and eating a healthy breakfast will also prevent you from making bad mid-morning decisions that involve donuts. If you’re already feeling bloated, sometimes of dairy are often a common culprit; cut it out of your breakfast.
It’s not all about what you eat and when—it’s also about how much if you want to be able to see abs that you’ve been working on. Make healthy swaps throughout the day so you are still providing your body with enough energy and nutrition while still cutting calories.
UP YOUR CARDIO
Any exercise is good exercise, but if you want to melt fat fast it’s time to get serious. High-intensity exercise burns calories the fastest, especially when it’s in the form of intervals. Mix up your normal cardio workout with high-intensity intervals in between your normal pace; here’s a guide for burning extra calories over the weekend.
INCORPORATE DIURETICS INTO EVERY MEAL
It might not sound very sexy, but incorporating diuretics into breakfast, lunch, and dinner may help promote a flatter tummy. “Lemons are a natural diuretic, which is often why lemon juice is recommended to be squeezed in water during a cleanse,” explains Rebecca Lewis, RD at Hello Fresh. “Beets, parsley, and asparagus are also good food sources to help us quickly pass the extra water we might be hanging on to when our diets have been high in salt.”
EAT ON SMALL PLATES
Ever notice that when you’re at a friend’s place for a party or waiting in line at a buffet that you load more food on your plate than you would normally? It may just be because you grabbed a bigger plate—and thanks to Piggy Big Eyed Syndrome, you want to stack it on up with just about everything. “Research has shown that people consume less when they eat on smaller plates. Starting small makes it less likely you will go for seconds, and forces you to check in once the plate is cleared before jumping in for seconds,”
SWEAR OFF THE SALT SHAKER
Or as Taylor Swift might say, don’t sprinkle salt on your meals, “like, ever.” The sodium will bloat you and cause your stomach to retain fluid, and The Nutrition Twins say this will even carry over to your fingers, ankles, and feet. And the only thing worse than your favorite jeans not fitting is feeling too fat for your favorite ring. To boost flavor sans salt, experiment with dried spices like red Chile pepper flakes, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. Or, try adding a spritz of lemon or vinegar to your favorite dish. And remember that just because it doesn’t taste salty, doesn’t mean it isn’t loaded with sodium.