A flat, toned midsection is one of the most desired body features for both men and women, but it also happens to be one of the most difficult to achieve. Diet and exercise can definitely help to sculpt this area, but when a healthy lifestyle just doesn’t target stubborn fatty deposits or excess skin, surgery might be the best option. Here are a few of the top diet, exercise, and surgical secrets to getting those six-pack abs.
You may have heard the saying, “Abs are made in the gym, but revealed in the kitchen.” This is very likely true. You can work your abs all you want, but without proper diet, they will remain hidden beneath a nice layer of fat. Some of the most successful diets are Mediterranean in nature, requiring that fit and healthy hopefuls consume plenty of fiber in the form of green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and fruit (in moderation). Healthy fats are encouraged with these types of diets, as they help the body to absorb important nutrients necessary to metabolize your food and give you energy. Sugar and foods with a high glycemic index are to be avoided.
The Abs Diet, as well as Paleo recipes, encourage ways of eating that are similar to the above and will likely lead to the flat tummy many desire. If “diet” is a scary word to you, you can consider adopting a clean eating lifestyle in which you eat whole, nutrient-dense foods about 80 percent of the time. Just be advised that the “cleaner” you eat, the more your muscles will be able to show.
A regular exercise routine will definitely help to whittle your middle. If you are just beginning to exercise, or if a six pack does not exist in your near future, the best thing to do to work towards a flat tummy is to start moving. You can easily find free exercise videos on Youtube (such as the popular Blogilates.) You could also join your local gym, buy a fitness DVD, or simply add walking or jogging to your daily routine. If you are more advanced, challenge yourself to high-intensity CrossFit exercises. Try to beat your personal records for how long you can hold a plank or how many sit ups you can complete in one minute. You can also step up your fitness game by incorporating a Bosu® ball, weighted medicine balls, kettle bells, and resistance bands.
In some cases, diet and exercise are just not enough to rid the body of that stubborn abdominal fat. Men and women who have gone through significant weight loss or women who have gone through pregnancy are often left with sagging skin that is impossible to get rid of without the help of surgery. For those who qualify, Dr. Mesbahi offers the tummy tuck procedure, which will effectively reduce fat in the midsection and remove excess or sagging skin to provide a firmer body contour. For those with good skin elasticity, liposuction can also help to trim the waistline to reveal those abdominals you have worked so hard to show off.
If you are interested in body contouring procedures to get the flat tummy you have always wanted, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. As a highly trained and experienced body contouring specialist, Dr. Mesbahi can help determine the procedure that will best meet your needs. Please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.