How to Maintain a Flat Belly Throughout the Summer
If you have recently undergone a tummy tuck, or are just concerned about maintaining a flat belly through the lazy summer months, it is important to keep a couple of things in mind if you're going to keep your figure! As much as we would like to think that summer is full of action-packed vacations and high amounts of calorie-blasting activity, a lot of times, the majority of the summer is spent eating terribly unhealthy, yet delicious barbecue and laying out in the blazing Oklahoma sun. Follow these tips and you will feel comfortable showing off your belly all summer long.
Foods & Drinks to Avoid
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, a lot of the popular summer foods just should be totally eliminated from your diet. In order to keep the fat away, you’re going to want to avoid foods high in saturated fats such as potato and macaroni salads, as well as anything that is deep fried. As good as they may taste, they are just torture to your belly and can pack on the body fat very quickly. Avoiding a high-sodium intake and carbonated beverage will also help to keep your belly from puffing up like a balloon. Finding alternatives to some of the less healthier summer foods is always a smart idea. For example, if you just can't say no to an ice cream sandwich, make your own using a low fat ice cream instead! Best case scenario, just grab a slice of watermelon. We are always forgetting how delicious fruit really is!
The Two Cs: Cardio & Crunches
It is important to stay physically active during the summer, but you have to get clever with your routine. You can do hundreds upon hundreds of crunches a day, but if you're not pairing the ab exercises with cardio, there will be a layer of fat sitting on top of the muscle and hiding the definition! It is important to consistently burn the fat away with cardio while building muscle with crunches or sit-ups if you want to maintain a toned belly or even develop a six pack!
Maintaining a flat, toned belly requires healthy eating and an effective exercise routine. In order to make the most out of your tummy tuck, you are going to want to follow these steps in order to keep your belly looking slim and smooth. While a tummy tuck can finally get you past that last speed-bump in your journey to a flat stomach, it is important to remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle afterward as well.
Is it time for a Tummy Tuck?
If you are still struggling with the extra flab or tissue left after major weight loss, a tummy tuck can help you get back to the body that you deserve. Our surgeons here at Tulsa Surgical Arts have the skills and expertise to help you lose the unwanted extra fat. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.