Tummy tuck surgery is a safe and effective way to get rid of excess, sagging skin and fat around the midsection. However, for some people it is possible to tone up their abdominal area without surgery, and lose a few pounds in the process.
Factors that can negatively affect the appearance and quality of the stomach include:
Age – As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which help to keep the skin tight. Therefore, aging can naturally lead to stretched or saggy skin that may not correct itself through just diet and exercise alone.
Metabolism – The ability to lose weight decreases as we get older, which makes it easier to accumulate fat around the midsection.
Genetics – Every person’s body is different. That said, certain diet and exercise routines that work for one person may not have the same effects on another.
Certain diet alternatives and exercises can help promote weight loss and target the abdominals.
Flat Belly Foods
The types of food you eat have a dramatic effect on the size of your stomach. When deciding on what foods to consume it is best to eat foods that are high in fiber and antioxidants and low in sodium (less than 2,400 mg per day). By doing so, you should feel fuller longer, keep your metabolism up, and retain less water. Some of the most beneficial foods are:
Almonds – Contain protein and fiber which makes you feel full. They are also high in vitamin E which helps your body produce more energy to burn body fat faster.
Greens (Spinach, Broccoli, Kale) – Not only high in fiber and antioxidants, but they contain mineral calcium which helps with muscle contraction to ensure that you get the most out of your workout. Their low calorie count can also help slim your waistline.
Soy – Like almonds, soy contains antioxidants, fiber, and protein. You not only stay full, but your body is enabled to burn an optimal amount of fat.
Yogurt – The pro-biotic bacteria in yogurt keep your digestive system healthy and reduces bloating.
There are many exercises that target the abdomen, and some of the more useful workouts include:
Butt Raises – Begin on your forearms and toes with your back straight. Lift your buttocks into the air while tightening your abdominals. This move works your upper and middle abdominal muscles.
Flutter Kicks – Lying on your back with your legs straight, place your hands on the ground. Lift both legs about six inches off the floor and alternate lifting each leg a little higher than the other. This exercise will work your lower abdominals.
Cardio – Doing just abdominal exercises will strengthen your core, but will not burn an optimal amount of fat. To burn the most calories means that you have to keep your get your heart rate up and keep it there for an extended period of time. Cardiovascular activity such as running, swimming, and kickboxing will help trim your stomach.
If you are still are interested in a tummy tuck procedure, please call my Scottsdale practice at (480) 890-0600 today to schedule a consultation.