Exercise Questions - How Can I Tone Up
My Lower Abs?
I am currently exercising at least four to six times
a week on the elliptical trainer (mostly) and some strength training. My lower
abs (from belly button down) have more fat and less muscle tone than the rest
of my stomach. How can I lose weight from my lower abs and what exercises can
I do to tone the area?
The lower abdominal region is a very tough area to develop
and remove excess fat from. I see many clients dropping their overall body fat
levels way down only to be disappointed by that little extra fold of fat on their
lower abs. It comes down to really focusing on three main areas:
clean diet. You need to really focus on eliminating all of the empty calories
from your nutritional plan. Stick with lean protein (chicken breast, egg whites,
turkey breast and fibrous, non-starchy carbs throughout most of the day. Starches
can be eaten before your workout and early to mid-morning but should be cut by
5pm. Fibrous carbs should contain mostly vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms,
yellow squash, green beans, zucchini, etc.
2. Switch up your cardio.
Try cardio cross training to add a shock to your body and start burning more
fat. Make sure to mix in low-intensity with high-intensity sessions. Here is a
great article to read for cardio crosss training:
3. Abs exercises with that really
blast your stomach. Focus on these ab exercises below for the lower area of
your abdominal region:
By combining all three factors above, you should
start seeing results in your lower abs!
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