You’ve probably heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”, which initially is true. What you choose to eat will make more of a difference in how your stomach looks than anything else. Eating nutritious, well-balanced meals that nourish your body without leaving junk behind that gets stored as excess fat in your belly is a key concept for a change in body composition. And while that concept seems fairly simple, many people find it the most challenging aspect of start a health and fitness routine.
When you envision exercises for the perfect hourglass shape, odds are, the focus is on sit ups, crunches, planks, and other abdominal movements. The look of a small waist may be the goal, but there are a variety of different muscle groups required to achieve this enviable silhouette. “Balancing muscles and curves in the upper body, core and lower body is paramount,” explains trainer and registered dietitian Jenny Champion.
In terms of diet, planning and preparation are three important things to remember:
3.Balanced approach to eating and diet.
Restrictive meals and diets can cause your metabolic rate to drop. Evidence shows how hard it is for adaptive thermogenesis to begin the more you cut down calorie intake. In reality, a tightly restrictive diet can be counterproductive.
But how do you identify a crash diet? Any protocol requires you to cut out a whole food group (also known as a macronutrient) or exercise excessively. We always advocate balance.
So now that we have the fundamentals under our belt, how do we train to get a smaller waist and curvy, hourglass shape?