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The Secret Exercise Trick for Getting Flatter Abs Faster

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Tim Liu, C.S.C.S. of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 5: If you're determined to get a flatter stomach and put your abdominal muscles on display for the world to see by summertime, your to-do list includes a healthier diet rich in whole foods (see here for the full shopping list), at least 7 hours of sleep per night, drinking at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water every day (so, if you're 120 pounds, you'd need 60 ounces of water), and good stress management. Also, as it pertains to the gym, there's at least one secret way you can really fast-track your flatter stomach starting now: You can perform "targeted fat loss training."Here's how it works (and please know that it's much simpler than it sounds): To reduce fat on a certain area of your body, you want to drive as much blood flow to the area as possible and then apply some intense muscle contractions. (Don't worry, I demonstrate all of this below.)Now, our abs and obliques don't receive the same amount of blood flow as muscles such as our legs and arms, and this is why it's harder for people to lose belly fat. But by driving more blood towards your abs and then working the abdominal muscles, you help mobilize and break down fatty acids, which can help you achieve a flatter stomach.Here's how you do it: You're going to pair a cardio conditioning exercise and an abs exercise together. The conditioning interval part should be a tough 45-60 seconds, where your heart rate should be elevated pretty high. (It will be intense.) Once you get your heart rate up, then you'll immediately jump over to an abs exercise for the same time frame. Make sense? Below I've provided two example workouts that show this put into practice. For best results, I'd advise you to perform 4-5 sets of the following exercises back-to-back—and do them 3 times per week. And for more great exercise advice, see here for The 10-Second Trick That Will Help You Lose Weight.

The Secret Exercise Trick for Getting Flatter Abs Faster

If you're determined to get a flatter stomach and put your abdominal muscles on display for the world to see by summertime, your to-do list includes a healthier diet rich in whole foods (see here for the full shopping list), at least 7 hours of sleep per night, drinking at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water every day (so, if you're 120 pounds, you'd need 60 ounces of water), and good stress management. Also, as it pertains to the gym, there's at least one secret way you can really fast-track your flatter stomach starting now: You can perform "targeted fat loss training."

Here's how it works (and please know that it's much simpler than it sounds): To reduce fat on a certain area of your body, you want to drive as much blood flow to the area as possible and then apply some intense muscle contractions. (Don't worry, I demonstrate all of this below.)

Now, our abs and obliques don't receive the same amount of blood flow as muscles such as our legs and arms, and this is why it's harder for people to lose belly fat. But by driving more blood towards your abs and then working the abdominal muscles, you help mobilize and break down fatty acids, which can help you achieve a flatter stomach.

Here's how you do it: You're going to pair a cardio conditioning exercise and an abs exercise together. The conditioning interval part should be a tough 45-60 seconds, where your heart rate should be elevated pretty high. (It will be intense.) Once you get your heart rate up, then you'll immediately jump over to an abs exercise for the same time frame. Make sense? Below I've provided two example workouts that show this put into practice. For best results, I'd advise you to perform 4-5 sets of the following exercises back-to-back—and do them 3 times per week. And for more great exercise advice, see here for The 10-Second Trick That Will Help You Lose Weight.

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