Who doesn’t want a tight and toned midsection? Whether you want a defined stomach without surgery, or desire long-term, instant results, these two fat-blasting tips are sure to transform your tummy in time for summer.
If you really want to sculpt a great-looking midsection, you need to take a two-fold approach: burn the fat with cardio and define the muscles with moves like crunchless or standing abs, which celebrity trainer Linda LaRue says are the most functional exercises since they mimic how we use our bodies daily and allow the lower belly muscles to be engaged, helping banish any pooching. “The abdominal area is a major fat-storage area, and doing cardio helps to mobilize the fat for energy, reducing the amount of fat that gets stored,” says Geralyn Coopersmith, director of Equinox Fitness Training Institute, who also recommends core-strengthening moves like plank, bridges and mountain climbers, which tone the core muscles without impacting the spine.
For those who have extra fat in the stomach accompanied by loose skin and muscle, desiring long-term results, you may want to consider getting a tummy tuck (aka abdominoplasty). One of the trade-offs of pregnancy (as well as weight loss in large amounts) is the post-baby tummy bulge that can be quite difficult to treat. The most invasive solution available, yet the most predictable with the longest-lasting and most significant results, a tummy tuck can dramatically transform your midsection, taking it from flab to fab. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make an incision along the public bone (where your scar will be post-surgery) before tightening the stomach muscles and removing any extra skin, if needed. Many times, especially when a tummy tuck is being done post-pregnancy, liposuction is performed in conjunction to get rid of any extra fat pockets on and around the stomach area.
Not all bodies are the same, which is why abdominoplasty is not a one-type-fits-all procedure. How much loose skin there is dictates which tummy tuck is right for you.
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