Welcome to Day 1 of the 3 Day Flat Belly Challenge. I’m so excited for you!
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In this 3 day challenge I’m going to guide you in strengthening and toning your abs so you can build your confidence, fit into those tighter clothes, and gain the necessary strength that will keep you fit and healthy.
Over the next three days I will be bringing you a daily ab workout that takes less than 10 minutes to complete, along with a QUICK tip you can start implementing RIGHT away to flatten that belly!
So, if you’re ready to feel sexy again be sure to check your email each day for your flat belly workout and tips (and don’t forget to add email@example.com to your contact list!)
While working out is a great way to strengthen and tone those muscles, what you eat will have an even BIGGER impact on getting the results you desire.
DAY 1 – The #1 Trick to Burn MORE Belly Fat
You’ve likely heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” or “Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.”
These statements are very true.
What you eat will have a HUGE impact on overall fat loss and reaching your goal of getting that lean stomach.
While ab exercises are a great way to tone and build strength, eating the right foods will activate fat burning hormones and help you to loss any extra fat that may be sitting on your midsection. This means incorporating healthy fats, quality sources of protein, clean carbs, and lots of fibrous veggies.
Additionally, there are many foods that can actually cause bloating, making your stomach look even larger than it really is. ICK!
Let me give you an example…
When I first started learning about gluten and the effects it can have on bloating your belly, I decided to try a little experiment. I removed gluten ENTIRELY from my diet for one week. That’s the ONLY change I made.
I would have never guessed gluten was having such an impact on how my tummy looked, but as you can see from the pictures below it made a GIGANTIC difference in the leanness and flatness of my stomach.
Not only was my stomach flatter, but I actually felt better too. I had more energy and less digestive stress.
So to get a flat stomach quicker it’s definitely important to clean up your diet and get any junk food out of your kitchen.
There are many foods I would suggest avoiding, such as gluten or dairy, but if I had to pick just one food to focus on first I would have to say SUGAR.
This means those sweet treats, sweetened beverages, alcohol, and even many condiments. Sugar is lurking in so many foods, even foods considered to be healthy, like yogurt or salad dressings, so READ those labels! Look for ingredients that end in -ose or anything with the word “sugar”.
Cutting sugar is a great starting point to clean that kitchen and lean out that tummy!
Flat Belly Challenge #1
Commit to eating a healthier diet and clearing the junk food out of your house for the next 3 days. This especially means getting rid of those empty calorie and high sugar choices like sodas, sweets, or alcohol.
Flat Belly Workout #1 : The Ab Blaster Workout
Complete 15 reps of each exercise below for a total of 3 rounds.
Toe Reaches – Lie on the floor on your back. Bring your legs straight up in the air with your feet together. Crunch up reaching your hands towards your toes, lifting your shoulder blades off the floor. Return to start.
Double Crunch – Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Keeping your feet together bring your arms behind your head. Slowly crunch up while also lifting your hips and feet further off the floor. Return to start.
Reverse Crunch – Lie on the floor on your back. Bring your legs straight up in the air with your feet together. Slowly lift your hips a few inches off the ground, making sure not to swing your legs. Return to start.
Spiderman Planks – Start in a plank position on your hands and toes. Keeping your stomach tight and hips down, tap your right foot as close to your right hand as you can. Return to start and repeat on the other side bringing your left foot up towards your left hand.
That’s it for today! Be sure to check your email tomorrow for the Day 2 Flat Belly Challenge.