Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to Get Flatter Abs in Time for Your Wedding (Hint: It's Not Crunches!)

Flat Abs for Your Wedding
Photo: Arthur Belebeau
Toning your midsection into envy-inducing abs takes work, but luckily there's a more targeted approach than doing endless amounts of crunches to no avail. Master these quick, easy exercises from celebrity trainer David Kirsch for a flawless wedding-day waistline. And he knows a thing or two about creating a great bod: He's the man behind Kate Upton's enviable midriff!
Stability Ball Handoff Flat Abs Move
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Stability-Ball Handoff
Lie on the floor on your back, with your arms stretched out behind your head, while gripping a stability ball with your hands. Reach your arms and legs up simultaneously, and pass the ball from your hands to your feet. Lower your legs and arms at the same time, then reverse. Do three 30-second sets for times per week.
Torso Rotation Flat Abs Move
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Torso Rotation
Lie with your upper back on a stability ball, keeping your butt off the ball and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a medicine ball straight up in front of you. Keeping your arms straight, rotate your upper body to one side, then turn to the other side. Do three 30-second sets four times per week.

But the best way to get slimmer in the weeks leading up to your wedding is to consider a flat-belly diet! Cut out sugar, as it's a major cause of bloat, according to New York City trainer Will Torres. Stick to veggies, whole grains (like brown rice and quinoa) and lean protein (like salmon and grilled chicken breast).

Avoid these at all costs:
Granola: Despite its healthy rep, a single cup can pack up to five teaspoons of sugar. Yikes!
Dried fruit: It contains the same amount of sugar as fresh fruit, but since it's bite size, you're likely to eat way more. Grab an apple instead.
Sushi: Many restaurants coat their rice in sugar, vinegar, and salt for taste, boosting bloat.
Alcohol: Your body converts it to sugar, so Torres suggests giving it up a month before your big day or at least limiting your happy hour intake to one glass of pinot.


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