Tips for a Flatter Stomach

June 10 2016

With bikini season here, many of us can’t help but evaluate the status of our beach bodies. If unflattering flab on your abdomen is making you feel more anxious than excited about donning a bikini, the Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists are here to help. Below are three quick and easy tips to help you achieve a flatter tummy.

Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Not only does a good night’s rest help you feel refreshed the next morning, but, research shows, it may actually help you slim down. According to one study from the University of Chicago, those who sleep seven hours or more a night lose twice as much fat as those who sleep less than seven hours. The study also showed those who sleep more are less hungry than those who get less than seven hours of sleep.

Having trouble sleeping well at night? Try cutting caffeine — this includes coffee, tea and soda — after 2 p.m. Caffeine is a stimulant that stays in your system for about eight hours, so it may prevent you from falling asleep at night if consumed too late in the day. And while exercise is obviously important, research shows working out within four hours of bedtime may actually inhibit sleep.

Add 30 Seconds to Your Workout

Speaking of exercise, consider adding the “plank” to your fitness routine. The plank is an abdominal move that burns fat and strengthens the abdomen all at the same time. And perhaps best of all, the plank takes only takes 30 seconds to complete, making it easy to incorporate into your regular cardio exercise routine. To begin, get into push-up position, with your wrists (or elbows for an easier moderation) directly below your shoulders. Keep your back aligned as you squeeze your abdomen and glutes. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Challenge yourself by trying to hold your plank for a few seconds longer each time you exercise.

Ditch the Simple Carbs

Carbohydrates are essential to a healthy diet, but equally important is choosing the right kind of carbs. Simple carbohydrates are basic sugars with little value to your body while complex carbs contain more nutrients because they are higher in fiber and are digested more slowly. This makes complex carbs more filling and a good option for weight control. Simple carbohydrates to avoid include cupcakes, cookies and soda.

Seek Professional Help

Are you doing all you can and still seeing unflattering fat bulges on your stomach? The Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists offer both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery in Atlanta to help patients achieve the flat, enviable abs they desire. Tummy tuck surgery removes excess abdominal skin that is often left over from weight loss, aging and pregnancy. Liposuction eliminates unwanted fat from the abdomen for a tight and toned tummy. Learn more about tummy tuck and liposuction from the Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please call (404) 255-2975 today.