Get Your Abs In Shape For Summer

Get Your Abs In Shape For Summer.

Get yours abs in shape in time for summer pool and beach days with fab health and fitness tips from the 'Biggest Loser' TV show trainer Jillian Michaels!  Read on to see excerpts from her interview with Women's Health magazine and to benefit from her expert tips on how to get your abs into shape, which foods and exercises to avoid, what you should eat, staying motivated and how stress contributes to your fat build up.

1. How Stress Increases Fat Build Up
Jillian told Women's Magazine "when your levels of cortisol — a fight-or-flight survival hormone — are high, it can put your body in fat-storage mode. So stress is one of the worst things, not only for your overall health but also for your metabolism." 

2. Using Gym Ab Machines
She warned that "if you're getting on one of those gym ab machines and crunching 100 pounds, pass. You could hurt your back, and you don't want the thick bulk." 
Celebrity Fitness Trainer trainer Jillian Michaels.

3. A Healthy Flat Abs Meal Plan  
"You want to eat things that are high in fiber and that keep moving through your body. For a lot of people, a ton of dairy can screw up digestion and cause bloating."
  • Breakfast: Jillian recommends fresh fruit and organic yogurts, she said "The fruit is full of nutrients. And probiotics in the yogurt help with digestion."
  • Lunch: "Use green peppers, cucumbers, and lots of lettuce, because they have a ton of water — which fills you up." 
  • Dinner: "I like steamed asparagus or spinach sauteed with lemon and garlic."

4. Foods to Avoid:
  • Bacon or Sausage, because the salt is just going to make you balloon. 
  • French Fries "They're saturated in oil and covered in salt. If you eat something like that, you're not going to look cute. You're going to look puffy."
  •  Pizza because "it's bread and cheese. And cheese can be high in salt and fat," 

5. Staying Motivated:
Jillian told Women's magazine, "while outside influences might be good catalysts for lasting results you have to look inward. There is a famous quote that I live by: 'If you have a why you can tolerate any how'. Look inside and ask yourself why you want to get fit. How will your life change for the better. Let that motivate you. Honestly, skinny jeans, confidence, longevity and so on trumps any amount of brownies."

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1 comment:

  1. Claire5/28/2012

    Sounds easy enough I was expecting drill sergeant exercise.