Today I want to share with you a secret that I learned when I was in the eighth grade that will help you have a flat stomach. It won’t help you shed belly fat on top of the muscles in the abdominal area, but it will help you shrink your waist and tone things up.
This happened because I had a girlfriend at the time that she left me because someone else had better abs. Instead, she dated that boy. It was a pretty stupid reason to break up with someone, but we were 14, so you let things get into your head. That experience made me look for a firmer abdomen and later I discovered that this secret is one of the principles of core stabilization, so I am going to share with you what I learned years ago: abdominal strengthening.
Most people just let their stomachs hang. When you do that, your intestines and stomach weigh down your abs and there is no tone in your muscles. What I started doing in the eighth grade was holding my abs when I was walking.
To do this, simply draw your belly inward. This action activates a muscle called the transverse abdominis. The transversus abdominis is like a natural belt that you have within your core. When you develop more tone and strength, you actually reduce the size of your waist. All you have to do is stick your belly button in. That is the first step. Tuck in your stomach as if you are putting on a pair of tight pants Okinawa flat belly tonic.
The second step is to slightly contract your abs. That activates the external and internal obliques; the lateral abdominal muscles. When you contract your belly button, contract your abs slightly.
We are not talking about a complete contraction, but a slight contraction. This is an isometric way to train your abs. It helps them get better tone, stamina, and strength if you do it daily.
At first it is a very conscious process but over time it becomes a subconscious process and your body develops natural tone in that area. This action also provides better spinal stability. If you are moving around, lifting objects, or exercising, you should wear an abdominal brace at all times, especially if you are lifting weights.
When you bend over and lift something, your abs support your spine. One of the first things we talk about when squatting is strengthening the abs and core through movement.
Now, let’s go back to the original question.
The answer: get a flat stomach simply by supporting your abs.
Tuck them in and contract slightly. Do it daily and give yourself a couple of weeks.