15 Secrets to a Natural Tummy Tuck
Posted on March 14 2016
We are guilty. We love our clothes snug and demand that our bandage dresses fit like a second skin. With that comes the challenges of keeping fit, shapely, and trim.
How do you stay fit and trim without giving up your favorites? Does keeping a flat and trim tummy require you to hit the gym at every waking moment? In our humble opinion - no, absolutely not. Getting a natural tummy tuck is not about trying to look like a model or cutting back on all your favorite snacks. Instead we take a more holistic approach such as drinking more water, reducing stress, and adding more fiber to your diet.
As the weather heats up we are receiving more and more questions about how to stay trim and show off a shapely feminine profile - mainly how to get or maintain a flat stomach. With the pressures of social media and reality television it's no wonder that many of you are actually considering a real tummy tuck. A tummy tuck has been touted to be a shortcut way to getting flat and sexy abs - instantly. It is an invasive surgery that is designed to flatten your tummy, tighten your abdominal muscles, and make your abdominal skin flawless.
Although we all love the before and after pictures of these procedures the surgery should be no substitute for rethinking your lifestyle, exercise, and diet plans. At The Kewl Shop we are all about giving you fashionable and trendy apparel just as much as we are about helping you to love your curves and body. The before-and-after surgery images look very tempting however we are sure that tummy tucks are no easy fix.
Even after a tummy tuck, you have to maintain a strict regimen of proper diet and exercise for best results. According to cosmetologists and plastic surgeons, there are a few natural ways to beat a tummy tuck and we’ve compiled a short list of them here for you. These are a few proven secrets that easily help you get the flat abs and core strength that you crave without doing a zillion crunches a day.
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1. Reduce your alcohol and smoking intake
Contrary to popular belief - smoking and alcohol directly affect your weight. One of the reasons you are having trouble fitting into your old clothes is probably your penchant for wine and a “relaxing” cigarette.
Both alcohol and smoking cause an increase in the levels of the stress hormone cortisone. When your cortisol levels rise, they redirect the fat in your body straight to your belly. Smokers might believe that smoking keeps them thin but the truth is quite the opposite. Elle magazine sheds more light on the subject to help you gain a proper perspective. Read the article here.
2. Reduce your stress - smile more
Excessive stress has proved to increase levels of cortisol which often results in belly fat. Rather than stress and internalizing your worries - choose more calm paths. Find more relaxed and healthy alternatives to smoking and drinking such as chewing gum, meditation, and imagery.
A short walk or deep breathing exercises may also do the trick. Another surefire way to reduce stress is to smile more often. Don’t believe us - here’s hard evidence that smiling does the trick.
3. Increase your calcium intake
Keeping your bones strong is a huge part of staying healthy and keeping fit. Ensuring you ingest the necessary amounts of calcium every day prevents degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis at bay. Additionally, bad bone structure may lead to spine fractures and slumping which over time leads to the shortening of your abdominal cavity causing your tummy to jut out or give you a random muffin top.
4. Practice good posture
Keeping your tummy muscles taut is often as easy as just holding it in. Practice tucking your tummy in yourself every chance you get. Once it becomes a habit, your improved posture and tucked tummy amps up the way you look without the need for an invasive tummy tuck surgery. Alongside sucking in your tummy consider enlisting the help of a posture aide. Posture aids are designed to align your spine.
If you think posture does not play a role in changing the way you look, have a look at personal trainer MelVFitness’s “before & after” Instagram post that promises a foolproof way for “losing 15 pounds in 15 minutes” – the trick is good posture. It is finally time to listen to your mother’s nagging voice telling you to stand up straight. Standing up straight and sitting with good posture helps you appear 5 pounds thinner, particularly around your tummy area, almost instantly.
5. Consume more potassium
Your abdomen and stomach is much more likely to appear puffy if you do not get enough potassium from your diet. Chomp on dates or eat baked potatoes without the skin. Also add spinach, white beans, and banana smoothies to your everyday diet to get your required dose of potassium.
6. Avoid dieting at all cost
Rather than seek a cure-all diet or one that is built to help you shed pounds fast consider a complete lifestyle change. Reduce your intake of junk food, add more fruits and veggies, and keep hydrated for simple lifestyle changes with maximum impact.
Avoid diet or sugar free foods because they contain artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and mannitol that cause the production of gas in your intestines - which leads to more bloating.
7. Eat more fiber
Add a fiber supplement to your diet or simply load up on whole grains, fruits, and green, leafy vegetables. Fiber ensures that your tummy gets satisfied quickly so you do not overeat, while also preventing constipation and a bloated stomach. All in all, adding fiber to your diet is a win-win, and a secret to getting a natural tummy tuck.
Almonds and soy contain generous amounts of fiber, proteins, and antioxidants. These food items make sure your tummy feels and remains satiated while also helping your body burn fat faster.
8. Drink and sip on water
Staying hydrated is not just good for your body but is also known to do wonders for your skin and hair texture. Drinking water, especially during your premenstrual period, is the best way to tackle bloating and menstrual cramps. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 percent of water.
Without proper hydration our bodies begin to retain water in an effort to survive. Drinking plenty of water ensures that you do not retain water but rather releases it through sweat and other bodily functions.
9. Weights are not just for boys
Too often, we see women steering clear of the weights section at the gym because they believe lifting weights may cause them to look bulky and masculine. This is far from the truth. In order to actually gain bulk, you would have to hit the weights with a vengeance and follow a diet that is directed at bodybuilding.
Do not be afraid to hit the weights – plan at least two to three workouts with weights in a week. While working out with weights, do your sets while standing. Why? It improves your posture, keeps your tummy tight, and you give your abs a workout without even meaning to.
10. Explore pilates, yoga, and dance
Workouts need not mean tedious boredom. Pilates is a form of workout that has been favored by dancers for decades. It includes a series of fun floor exercises that are low in impact but offer great results, particularly in the form of tighter and firmer abs.
Get rid of your post-pregnancy woes as well as your ample tummy by signing up for some fun dance classes. Pick a dance form that you enjoy or opt for one that you have never tried before like belly dancing or pole dance and simply dance your way to a toned tummy.
11. Try a sport: kickboxing, golf, or tennis
Known as one of the most effective cardio workouts, aerobic kickboxing is a great fat-burner. Get your gear on and get a natural tummy tuck one high kick at a time. Most workouts tend to focus solely on the abs. Give your abs some rest and focus on the oblique muscles, better known as your love handles. Sign up for a golf or tennis lesson. Both these sports help you tone your oblique muscles while you have some fun and meet hotties.
12. Swim and swim and swim
Swimming is known to be an all-around way to achieving body fitness. The crawl stroke as well as the butterfly stroke are great ways to tighten your abs and tone them to perfection. Even the process of breathing out underwater requires you to contract your abs and gives them a seamless workout.
13. Vacuum a bit more
If you find it difficult to take some dedicated workout time out for yourself, there are plenty of chores in and around your house that can do the trick. Get a vacuum cleaner that you actually have to push and your ab workout easily continues while you make your house spotless. Better yet, get a regular broom and give your sidewalk, pool deck, or garden path a thorough sweep. The sideways motions that sweeping requires works to tone your abs and arms.
Cleaning is perhaps the most overlooked workout of all time. Between lifting, bending, squatting, and scrubbing - a clean house offers a perfect all around fitness routine. It’s sort of like a unique at home crossfit program with excellent results - a clean home and a more slim waistline.
14. Eat more yogurt
Yogurt is chockful of probiotic bacteria, which keep your digestive system happy. It also helps reduce bloating, and promotes overall gut health. It is important to keep a healthy digestive track to support your body and allow it to break down food rather than opt for store it in your problem areas - mainly our hips, stomach, and thighs.
15. Take up gardening
Gardening is not only a wonderful way to destress and grow your own food and flowers but is also an excellent weight loss workout. As you bend to dig, lift heavy flower pots, and kneel to remove weeds and the like from your planters you are inadvertently tackle your abs. The constant need to use your core and legs ensures that you see results more easily than you would in a gym. You notice immediately how much easier it is to bend in a garden than you likely do on a exercise machine that often feels the same.
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