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How To Get A Flat Stomach (The Ultimate Guide)
If you’re looking for help on how to get a flat stomach, you’ve come to the right place. Having a flat lean stomach is something almost everyone wants. It’s not just girls either who are after a flat stomach, but guys as well. Guys refer to it as six pack abs while girls label it flat abs or a flat stomach. Essential they’re both describing the same thing. Let’s be honest, abs that are flat, lean, and fit-looking are sexy. That’s often the reason we want a flat stomach to begin with. Because it makes us feel sexier, confident, more attractive. Even if it’s just for ourselves. But of course it’s also awesome getting to show them off in a new outfit, on vacation, at the beach, or behind closed doors. Everyone wants a flat stomach. But how do you get one? What exactly do you need to do? How and what do you need to eat? What exercises do you need to do? And how long before you see results? These are all questions that I will answer for you here and let you know exactly what you must do to get a flat stomach. No more guessing game, no more confusing food charts and menus, no more complicated exercises, and false expectations. I will provide you will all you need to know here to get a flat stomach. Let’s get to work. Getting Rid of Body Fat (The Belly) When it comes to getting a flat stomach, the number that’s most important for you to focus on isn’t your weight, it’s your body fat. What’s the difference? If you starved yourself for a week and had nothing but water, yes you’d lose weight but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost body fat. The reason why isn’t important to focus on decreasing your body fat and not just the number on the scale is because we want the weight you’re losing to be the result of decreased body fat. If you starve yourself you’ll be losing water and muscle weight, not body fat. So even if you did drop 20 or more pounds, that doesn’t guarantee you a flat stomach. It may feel a little flatter but it won’t be the flat stomach you’re wanting. Measure Your Body Fat The best way to track your body fat is to use a scale that measures body fat, otherwise called an electrical impedance scale. This is the one I recommend …. it’s good quality, accurate, and not too pricey. If you don’t have the means of buying one of these scales, here’s a little trick you can use to get your body fat tested at a local gym. Call them up and let them know you’re considering buying a gym membership and ask for a free day or week membership pass to get a feel for it before you commit to a membership. Many, if not all, gyms offer this complimentary day or week pass. When you get it, call ahead the next day and ask if there will be a personal trainer available for you to meet with because you want to have your body fat assessment done. Nine times out of ten they’ll schedule you with someone to have that done absolutely free of charge. Even if there is a charge, it’s usually no more than $5-$10. How Often Should You Check Your Body Fat? Once you’ve gotten got body fat assessment done, it’s best to wait a minimum of 4 weeks (preferably 6 weeks) since unlike weight that fluctuates day to day, body fat comes off slower. Real body fat, the stubborn belly fat that seems to never want to go away… that’s the body fat you must get rid of to get a flat stomach. Focus on decreasing your body fat number and not just your weight. You can still use a scale to track your weight if you want as long as you 1) remember that decreasing body fat is what will get you a flat stomach and 2) only weight in every 30 days. What Body Fat Percentage Will Get You A Flat Stomach? You’ll find lots of charts floating around the internet as far as where you should be from a weight standpoint, or what your BMI should be based on your height and weight. This isn’t what we’ll be focusing on to get you a flat stomach. Here are the exact body fat numbers below to focus on that will get you a flat stomach: For women, the body fat percentage to focus on to get a flat and lean stomach is between 13% and 16% body fat. For men, the body fat percentage to focus on to get a flat and lean stomach is between 5% and 8% body fat. It’s completely possible to still get a flat stomach with higher percentages although getting your percentage within the ranges I’m suggesting here will assure you get a flat AND lean stomach. This is me in the picture above a few years ago at the age of 39 competing in my first men physique competition. I managed to get my body fat down to 5.5% and this was the result and what it looked like. This is also me in the picture below at 8.8% body fat… I still have a flat stomach, just not as lean of a six pack that I had at 5.5%. I share this with you to show you that it’s completely possible to get a flat stomach at a bit higher body fat percentage. Not that much higher but a few percentages higher for sure. It’s up to you how lean you want your flat stomach to be. Common Myths About How To Get A Flat Stomach Before we dive into exactly what you must do to get a flat stomach, let’s quickly address what doesn’t work in the event you’ve either tried it or are considering trying a …