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Can You Get a Flat and Sexy Stomach in a Week?

by
author image Ollie Odebunmi
Ollie Odebunmi's involvement in fitness as a trainer and gym owner dates back to 1983. He published his first book on teenage fitness in December 2012. Odebunmi is a black belt in taekwondo and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Kingston University in the United Kingdom.
Can You Get a Flat and Sexy Stomach in a Week?
A woman with a flat and sexy stomach. Photo Credit Click Images/iStock/Getty Images

You can't get a flat and sexy stomach in a week. To get a flat stomach, you need to combine an appropriate eating plan with a comprehensive workout program. You should see some results in a week, such as reduced stomach fat and tighter abdominal muscles. Persist with your exercise program, and you should get a flat and sexy stomach in time.

A Cautionary Tale

Don't focus solely on abdominal exercises. The American Council on Exercise warns that such exercises don't reduce fat from your stomach. You can't spot reduce fat from targeted body parts with specific exercises.

Burn That Fat, Baby

Burn stomach fat with high intensity interval training. This involves short bursts of intense activity with periods of recovery. For example, after a short warm-up, sprint for one minute, then jog for two minutes. Repeat the sprint and jog sequence 10 times. According to a study reported in the September 2011 issue of "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise," HIIT can increase your ability to burn fat up to 14 hours after exercise.

Rev up Your Metabolism

Resistance training increases your lean muscle mass, which increases your metabolism in the long-term, helping you burn stomach fat at rest. Do exercises that focus on your major muscle groups. Do three sets of 10 to 15 reps per exercise.

Tight Sexy Abs

Tone your abs with effective exercises. According to an ACE-sponsored study, crunches on an exercise ball ranks among the top three abdominal exercises. Do three sets of 15 to 20 reps.

Eating Right

Eat fewer simple carbohydrates that cause you to store fat on your stomach. These include sugar, candy, donuts and packaged foods such as breakfast cereals. Eat more vegetables, fruits and small amounts of whole grains such as spelt and brown rice.

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