The Colombian nutritional expert and celebrity trainer, author of the book Al rescate del nuevo yo (Rescueing the new me), offers five steps to help burn fat off the abdominal area, without crunches. Check out her secrets, which have earned her 25 million views on YouTube and almost 4 million Facebook fans.
GET 7 HOURS OF SLEEP
A lack of sleep has been shown to be a main cause of weight gain. It makes us resistant to insulin, which in turn diminishes the production of leptine, an appetite-reducing hormone. An excess of insulin makes our bodies store foods as fat.
DON'T STRESS IT
Stress not only makes us mentally tired, it also makes getting rid of abdominal fat more difficult. Stress produces cortisol, a hormone which tells your brain to store the greatest amount of fat possible.
Fiber, protein and good fats are the best resources your body has in eliminating abdominal flab. Include chia and hemp seeds, as well as wheat germ and linseed, in your diet. A teaspoon mixed with water will provide the amino and fatty acids, as well as fiber, that your body needs for processing fats.
AN APPLE A DAY
Eating protein and fiber at the “magic hour” of 3-4 p.m. is a must. Eating at this time accelerates our metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels. Have a green apple and a handful of almonds without salt for a perfect pick me up.
Sets of high intensity exercises accelerate the metabolism and work all areas of the body, using up fats that are stored within our physique.