It goes without saying that if you want to avoid abdominal surgery and are exercising to tone up your stomach muscles, you don’t want excess fat preventing all your hard work from being seen! In addition to cardiovascular exercise to prevent fat deposits building up you need to eat well and this means a balanced diet.
Tone your tummy – eat well!
A balanced diet contains a variety of food and at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Your diet should contain:-
- Starcy foods
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meat, fish or alternative sources of protein (i.e. if you are vegetarian)
- Milk and dairy products
- Foods that are high in fat and sugar
Whilst a balanced diet contains all these items, we need them in different amounts. We need only moderate portions of meat and fish, dairy and milk products and should have only very small, occasional portions of foods containing a lot of fat and sugar (such as chocolate and fizzy drinks). A larger part of our diet should be made up of fruit and vegetables as well as starchy foods.
Starchy foods such as potatoes, cous cous, pasta and rice contain fibre. It is thought that we only eat two thirds of the amount of fibre that we should do every day but it is very important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and bowels.
In addition to eating well we also need to drink well. A recommended amount to stay hydrated is 8 glasses of water per day. Take only small amounts of caffeine such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol as these will dehydrate the body.