INSTAGRAM YOUR FOOD
Sure, it’s annoying, but “sharing” your meals increases accountability and encourages smart choices. Take the unfollows on the chin.
DOUBLE UP ON SUNSHINE
Vitamin D slows down the rate at which fat cells store padding around your middle. Sun works, so in the winter months in the southern states you can get a safe dose of 2-3 hours’ exposure (face and forearms or equivalent) over a week, according to the Cancer Council of Australia.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Forget complicated supplement plans. All you need is fish oil. Six weeks of daily DHA pills significantly increases the lean mass you need for stronger abs and decreases the body fat that hides them. Just ensure you invest in quality – oxidised oils are far less effective.
TAKE A GOOD, HARD LOOK
First thing in the morning, tense your core in the bathroom mirror for 30 seconds four times. Do the same before bed. It increases bloodflow to pump up your abs, so they can work harder in the gym and look more prominent outside of it.
SPRAY IT BETTER
Ditch sleeping pills and squirt three spritzes of sprayable magnesium (nourishedlife.com.au) on the backs of your knees half an hour before bed. Sleep is vital for producing the growth hormone and testosterone required for muscle gain and fat loss. Magnesium encourages deep sleep, and the thin skin hastens absorption. Lean dreams.
WAKE UP YOUR FAT BURNING
A freezing-cold shower might not be what you fancy as soon as you get up, but the boost to your testosterone and metabolism will help you burn fat from your middle throughout the day. Grit your teeth and picture a shredded core.
EAT OFF LOVE HANDLES
The simplest nutritional shortcut to your six-pack is eating three serves of fat-free yoghurt a day (one portion = a small tub). Research by the University of Tennessee states that it directly targets belly blubber – cutting 81 per cent more from your stubborn midriff than is seen in kilojoule-counters who avoid dairy.
ATTACK FROM ALL ANGLES
Up and down isn’t best. Try lateral flexes such as side crunches, twisting movements like roundhouse kicks and isometric work such as planks for a comprehensive assault. It adds up to a centre of excellence.