Most men when feeling a little flabby around the tummy areas immediately go into a workout frenzy focusing mainly on exercises such as the conventional sit-up, or stomach crunch. Experienced fitness trainers however through their continued exposure have found a number of available methods to get flat abs without the use of the traditional sit-up.
One of the first steps in creating the perfect stomach and flat abs is for individuals not to eat anything two to three hours before going to bed. The human body slows down during sleep which prevents the stomach from properly digesting the food. As the body goes into an inactive state in the evenings towards nightfall the potential to store calories increases as more food is consumed rather than burning those calories as energy.
Eating healthier is an age old tale in the quest for a flat stomach. Maintaining a healthy diet by eating healthier foods including whole grains, fruits and vegetables contrary to the popular junk foods like Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC. The majority of men by making this transformation in their diet have attest to the remarkable difference in their stomach and digestion. Dietitians when treating their overweight patients generally recommend gradually changing to a healthy diet by consistently replacing the unhealthy substances with healthy foods such as beans, nuts, whole grains, low fat dairy products and lower sodium intake instead of the conventional cold turkey method.
Reducing the amount of food per serving by using smaller plates is a tip often utilized by many men when training for a flat stomach. Occasionally individuals when switching their diets fail to change their eating proportions resulting in the consuming of too much of the proper foods. As such many of the known fitness and weight loss programs developed today recommend eating in smaller portions on a regular basis, chewing slower when eating to assist in the digestive process and take small breaks in-between food bites when eating.
Maintaining a proper exercise workout is undoubtedly a key factor in achieving a flat stomach. Men have traditionally in their quest for that washboard stomach have resorted to the daily 100 crunch routine however regardless of the amount of crunches or sit-ups performed this goal will never be realized if the individual has a layer of fatty tissue laying on top of his abdomen muscles. The trick is to remove that layer of fat first before the exercise can be effective. Cardiovascular training recognizing exercises such as swimming, dancing, cycling and running at high intervals 30 minutes daily will increase the core temperature of the individual, improve circulation and heart rate to provide an excellent workout to burn calories and tighten the stomach muscles.
Professional bodybuilders have routinely included the explosive power of plyometrics exercises into their daily workout with their combination of strength training and cardio workouts. Exercises including squat thrust push-ups, modified jacks, deadlifts, and leg raises have been effectively used in a number of popular exercise programs to work the lower abdominal muscles while trimming the occasional muffin-tops with side bends.
Strength training exercises performed with the assistance of a medicine ball such as the ball exchange has been effectively used to flatten the stomach. The ball exchange is easily performed by the individual lying flat on the back arms extended above the head while holding the medicine ball. The ball is lifted an positioned over the chest while simultaneously elevating the legs off the floor ensuring both legs are kept straight. The ball is then placed in-between the ankles lowering the arms and legs to the floor completing the exchange. The motion is then repeated transferring the ball to the hands completing a single rep.