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Here are tips and knowledge for you if your goal is to have a ripped stomach but are not exactly sure the best way of going about it!

You can have a muscular set of abs, but if they are covered by a layer of fat, who is that impressing? In order to get rid of the extra body fat around your stomach, you need to add effective cardio sessions into your fitness plan. You first must burn off the body fat through proper cardio and nutrition to properly define the area.

Abdominal training by itself will not do much.  Three to four sessions a week of intense jogging, running, the elliptical, jumping rope, or biking should get the process in going. Swimming, hiking, and taking aerobics classes are great as well.  If running outside hurts your joints, try running inside on a treadmill or outside on a dirt path.  You can even try running on the sand at the beach for a great workout with less pounding on the joints!

Again, three to four intense cardio sessions a week to help create a calorie deficit and help rid the body of extra fat.

The Right Nutrition:

Ridding the body of fat is accomplished by proper nutrition more so than incorporating cardio. At the end of the day, if you have consumed more calories than you have expended, you add body fat.  So you definitely have to watch your eating at the end of the day especially, even if you’ve been good all day! Eat five to six small, well-balanced meals spaced apart about every three to four hours. Try to keep something healthy on hand. If not, when you become real hungry, you will go for something that isn’t as good for you.

It is important something in your stomach. Not eating on time or at all is almost as bad as eating too much. Keep protein intake high (approximately 50% of daily calories), carbs moderate (40%), and fats minimal (10%).

Muscle fiber is made up of protein molecules that get damaged during your workout, so you need more protein than the normal person to help that muscle tissue repair. Carbohydrates are important too, but do not base your meals on them. Try to avoid simple sugars like cane sugar, honey, fruit juices, syrups, and even a lot of fruit is bad.

Drink at least 1 gallon of clean water each day. This will help with nutrient absorption and digestion and will help flush toxins from the body!

Bottom line, make sure you are supplying your body with well-balanced, healthy food every three to four hours.

Training The Abs

Here’s a very important key. If you want real ab development, you need to add resistance (weight) to your ab exercises. Abs are muscles just like biceps, triceps, and pecs. You need resistance to properly strengthen and build them.  For a complete ab workout check back with Los Angeles Fitness for great muscle building weight loss workout tips that will help you reach YOUR full potential!

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