Back to School Fitness: Operation Flat Abs
TONE UP ALL OVER
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Lack of sleep can add bulk to your middle in two ways. First, when you’re sleep deprived you lack the energy and stamina required for maintaining a solid fitness program. Secondly, lack of sleep is a stressor to the body. The stress hormone cortisol climbs, which — when prolonged — can mess with appetite regulation blood sugar control. Hormones that stimulate appetite increase (ghrelin), while hormones that blunt appetite drop (leptin). So sleep your way trim!
Constipation is incredibly common, and not only is it uncomfortable, it can also lead to serious health issues. Besides, an intestine full of backed-up feces never looks good. No matter how many ab-blasting exercises you do, you will not have a flat tummy until you’re able to eliminate on a regular basis. Please don’t feel embarrassed thinking about (and addressing, if needed) your bowel movements! I addressed my own constipation problem by uncovering specific food sensitivities and changing my diet.