Teen girls feel a lot of pressure to have the perfect body, including their stomachs. There is a lot of bad advice out there about losing weight quickly and easily, some of which is dangerous. Most of these "quick fixes" result in regaining the weight after the program is finished. Knowing the safest and healthiest ways to get a flat stomach is essential if you want lasting results.
Relax. Your body responds to stress by producing a hormone known as cortisol, which causes the body to store fat around the stomach and to crave unhealthy foods. Do some deep-breathing exercises or yoga to help relax during stressful moments and be sure to get enough sleep at night. Avoid getting too wrapped up in any drama with your friends that might not matter tomorrow.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Try to eliminate excess carbs (meaning refined, processed, sugary foods). Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods are high in fiber, which is very helpful in weight loss. Try eating five to six small meals a day to eliminate snacking or cravings and binges throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, as well.
Participate in cardiovascular exercise. This will increase the speed of weight loss around the stomach. Any type of cardiovascular activity will help. If your fitness level isn't where you'd like it to be, do what you can then build on that. Take a brisk walk during the day or go swimming. Even cranking up the music and dancing in your house will be beneficial.
Do exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles and increase metabolic rate. This will help to burn calories when your body is at rest and tone your muscles more. To see the best results, add variety to your exercise routine. Do crunches, leg lifts, leg rotations, side bends or reverse sit-ups.