Are you trying to get a flat stomach? In today’s article I’m going to talk about 3 very crucial mistakes that are all VERY common… and must be avoided by all means necessary if you want to get that hot and sexy toned midsection! By the end of this article, I hope that you have more understanding on what you must steer clear of and what will guarantee amazing (and quick) results.
KILLER Mistake #1 – Eating too close to when you go to bed. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this diet tip before, and it deserves to be repeated: Do not eat anything too close to when you go to bed. The reason why it is so important to avoid eating too close to when you go to bed is because as you rest… so does your metabolism. If your metabolism is resting, how is it going to process the foods you’ve just eaten before you went to bed?
What’s going to happen instead is your body is going to end up retaining the calories from the foods you’ve eaten (especially if they were bad foods… and given that this is late at night… it usually is for most people) as extra fat.
The best solution to this problem is to make sure that you are first eating consistently throughout the day (such as every 2-3 hours) with small meals no more than 400 calories each.
Second, make sure that with all of the meals you are eating, there is a well-balanced selection of foods high in protein, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. An example of a meal such as this would be salmon (protein and healthy fats), quinoa (fiber, vitamins, minerals), broccoli (fiber, vitamins, minerals), and green tea (antioxidants).
KILLER Mistake #2 – Exercising through injury. Many people who embark on the journey to get in shape can sometimes get so pumped to reach their goals (which is a good thing) that they may do so to the point that they neglect their bodies. And what I mean by that is you may end up causing an injury, and since you are so pumped up, you end up neglecting this and continue on exercising. This is a BAD idea. And I’m speaking from experience here…
During my journey to get in shape, I wound up developing patellar tendonitis (also known as Jumper’s Knee) due to playing A LOT of basketball for my cardiovascular workout. Because I love basketball so much, I continued playing… regardless of the problems with both of my knees. Guess what? I STILL have patellar tendonitis as a result of my stubbornness! This is the price I’ve had to pay for my pride early on. If I would have just listened to my body, got proper treatment right away, RESTED, and done all the other proper procedures, then I wouldn’t still have this problem!
The simple solution to this problem is to simply make sure you take it easy if you feel as though you have developed an injury. If it’s just muscle soreness from your previous workout, then this is fine to work through. If it’s an abnormal pain, then I strongly recommend you consult your doctor as soon as possible and TAKE IT EASY!
KILLER Mistake #3 – Using restrictive fad diets. Restrictive fad diets are programs that have you do away with nutrients and/or calories completely or very significantly. All of those types of diets are going to do nothing but cause your metabolic rate to drop so quickly it’ll make your head spin! The end result with using these restrictive diets are a loss of energy, mood swings, headaches, a slower metabolism, ping-pong weight loss, and so much more.
The best thing to do instead is to find a well-balanced and natural diet centered around increasing your metabolism and getting proper nutrition. Why is that? Well, because if your metabolism is elevated, you’ll shed stubborn fat fast, and if you are eating the right foods in the right way, then again, you’ll shed stubborn fat fast. Food always has been and always will be the ultimate weapon to destroy belly fat and other stubborn areas (legs, back, love-handles, thighs, etc.) like nothing else!
HERE is a good diet based around this method.