Kim’s Lean and Healthy Blog

Tips to get a Flat Tummy

Posted on: November 26, 2008

Most people think that you can get a flat tummy by doing crunches, crunches and more crunches.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  Let’s talk about why that is.


It doesn’t matter how many crunches you do, if you have fat on your stomach, you will not burn the fat by doing crunches.  You cannot spot reduce the fat on your stomach, no matter how hard you try.  You may get a great set of abs underneath, but you’ll never see it under all that fat. 


 Okay, so lets discuss what does work.

Flat Tummy
Flat Tummy

 Your Diet

 No, I am not talking about going on a diet – but I am talking about what you eat.  What you eat is the most important factor in reducing your belly fat.  It is simple common sense.  If you go to the gym and do crunches, lift weights and run the treadmill – then come home and eat chips and drink pop, honey you aren’t going to lose that fat!  You are being counter-productive. 



 Things that you should eat

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole wheat and grains  (brown bread, not white)
  • Lean meat and fish  (try to avoid red meat)
  • Nuts and legumes 
The easiest way to think about the proper food to eat is to try and live as close to the land as you can. If it is processed, or comes in a box, there are always additional ingredients that you really don’t need. Trade in your pop, juice and alcohol for water. At least 8 glasses of water per day, but to actually get what your body needs you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking about 75 ounces of water per day.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetables will help flatten your tummy!
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables will help flatten your tummy!


 Things to Avoid eating

  • Sugar
  • Sugar substitutes
  • Pasta
  • Sugary cereals
  • Canned soup (things high in sodium)
  • Lunch Meat

Reduce the above from your diet and you will start to notice a change.




Once you start to make the changes in your diet, you will actually start to feel better, and more energetic.  It is at this point that you should start to incorporate a little bit of exercise into your plan.  You do not have to go to the gym 7 days a week and spend hours there.  Start by taking a short 15-minute walk each day.


Take it slow, and increase it by a little each week.  If you want to work out in the gym, try the treadmill or elliptical machine for 15 to 20 minutes at first, then gradually increase the level of intensity as you go.


Cardiovascular exercise like walking with help burn fat!

Cardiovascular exercise like walking with help burn fat! Oh and uhm, its not as bad as it looks, really! You Feel Awesome After! Honest! 🙂

 One of the things that I also incorporated into my plan of action was to do a complete nutritional cleanse.  This helped me reduce my waistline by 5 inches in 30 days. You can find out more by visiting my website at

Best of Success to you and your Sexy Abs!
Thanks for Reading.




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