You might THINK you want to learn lower abdominal exercises, but if you're like most people, what you REALLY want is simply to achieve a flat, sexy stomach. The first thing you need to know in your quest for gorgeous abs is that there are four components to achieving an enviable midsection. Many people mistakenly believe that, if only they could find that "magic" lower abdominal exercise, they could get rid of their stomach. Unfortunately, flattening and toning the tummy area is a bit more complicated than that - but it doesn't have to be hard, or mysterious. There are four things you need to focus on:
1. Reduce Overall Bodyfat Levels.
Reducing bodyfat levels is the first order of the day if you'd like better abs.
To reduce bodyfat, you need to:
- Perform a full-body resistance training routine 2-3 times per week, including a variety of abdominal exercises.
- Perform cardiovascular exercise 3-5 times per week.
- Include sufficient protein, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and the correct amount of total calories in your diet to facilitate weight loss.
2. Reduce or Eliminate Foods that Cause Bloating or Indigestion.
Sugar alcohols, sodium, and high fructose corn syrup are primary causes for bloating and a poofy lower stomach. Diet and sugar-free foods often contain sugar alcohols. Sugar-free chewing gum is another common source. I've seen people lose 2 inches off their stomach simply from avoiding sugar alcohols! The same can be said for carbonated beverages in general. The extra air in the drinks can contribute to extra air in the stomach, which can lead to an enlarged abdomen. Sodium and high fructose corn syrup are found in many processed foods. Most people can tolerate wheat, dairy, and sodium in moderation. Food allergies are another common culprit for bloating and indigestion, which can make your lower abdominal region "pouch" out. If this is happening to you, no amount of lower abdominal exercises will make much difference in the appearance of your stomach: you need to address the bloating. The following eight foods account for about 90% of all food allergies: milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), fish, shellfish, soy, wheat.