Deep down inside we all long for the definition an appeal of these “hourglass and washboard” figures we see in personal trainers, movies stars and plastic surgeons. The truth is that such a well-maintained figure says a lot about a person.
But, what does it say?
First, let’s forget about all the other people and focus on what we are trying to accomplish here and now. We want to transform this rotund physique, into a more powerful and firm composure.
Believe it or not, this is not actually the impossibility many people think it is, but it will take some know-how and dealing with a daunting catch 22.
The task will require going slow enough to take an intuitive approach to your body’s needs and responding decisively.
This is a mutually conflicting interest because poor physical conditions often result from considerable neglect or other dis-balance.
Interfacing with the body comes very easily to some people and only after considerable effort for others. But no matter what goal you set for yourself, be they mental, physical or otherwise, the change in direction must be initiated from within before any results will be manifest on the outside.
Taking this traditional, or holistic, approach to the issue, let’s go over some fundamentals for interfacing with the body in regards to achieving a more appealing and impressive midsection.
The Basic Alchemy of Interfacing with the Body
There are three primary functions in our living bodily that can be performed in many ways for different results. The activities of resting, feeding and exerting energy all complement and support each other. When these activities have been properly balanced vitality is increased and interfacing with the body is easy.
Using these three activities as the “controls” with which you will affect a change in the body is the most effective way to accomplishing and consolidating your goals. Remember that having a killer body is not a fashion choice but a lifestyle decision.
Many people are frustrated after trying to address a “muffin-top” or “beer-belly” with diet and exercise and seem to get no results whatsoever. While adjusting your diet and getting regular exercise is important, the results you can expect will be reduced or retarded if you are not fully interfacing with a well-balanced lifestyle.
But by fully understanding how your body works and how each activity is integral to the functions of all others –down to the way your body stores or sheds fat in unwanted spots– you can more effectively initiate a desired change. But it all begins with understanding your bodies needs in relation to the output required for daily life.
Step 1: Refine Your Primary Functions
Begin by taking a careful record of your resting, feeding and exercise routines. These are the functions that control all others and how you will build bigger muscles, flatter abs, eliminate unwanted fat or even improve your cognitive function.
The first thing you will want to do is familiarize yourself with all the indicators and take them more seriously. Your body will tell you when it is hungry, thirsty, tired, sore and much more, and you will want to build your lifestyle change around your specific needs. This is one reason fad diets and “popular” exercise programs are not always effective on the individual.
Trust your body’s super intelligent interface to understand what you are doing and begin moving toward your goals as you interface with your intuitively.
Step 2: The Rest Function
Rest is arguably the most basic of the three functions and includes more than just sleep. This includes resting the muscles and recovering after workouts, resting the mind and eliminating stress and even time for laughs and amusement.
Before attempting to begin routines for exercise or diets be sure that this function has been well-established. Many of the body’s hormonal cycles are regulated during the sleep cycles and even daily information is processed during this period.
Irregular sleep cycles can cause the body to feel stressed and panicked and this results in the storage of extra energy supplies (fat) and hormones that keep the body alert and can cause insomnia.
Don’t move on to the next steps until you have established sleep and rest habits — not excessive, you need to know exactly what you need to stay full of energy during the day.
Step 3: The Feeding Function
The foods we eat will play a major role in accomplishing your physical goals. Not only is the food you eat from day to day your essential source of energy, but it is also the best medicine to keep you safe from disease and the harmful effects of synthetic medications and their numerous side effects.
Without a proper system of dosages, times and commitment to a desired course it is impossible to enjoy the advantages that come from a proper diet. A food journal can give you a personal look at your eating habits and how you can adjust them.
For a nice set of flat abs you will want to target fat stored in this area. Love handles and visceral fat can be especially tough. This type of fat can be stored due to irregular eating habits and sleeping habits that keep the body in survival mode.
Establishing well-defined routines for eating and sleeping will be the first and most important step in eliminating this unsightly flab.
Sugars, carbs, sodium and the buildup of many other toxins is another common reason for an enlarged gut. Keeping these foods to a minimum and counterbalancing their effects with plenty of water, fiber and potassium is the best way to begin shaping up and looking great.
Step 4: The Output Function
Changes that will be made by adjusting the first two functions are by far the most valuable. Be sure you have established your dedicated resting and feeding functions before beginning to establish and exercise routine. Take time to get comfortable with them and understand that this is a learning process and there will be plenty to learn as you go — keep up with that food journal throughout your first few years in your new lifestyle.
When you have perfected your eating and sleeping habits you will have the foundation for sculpting toned abs through exercise. Don’t assume that crunches are going to burn belly fat. Or using ab rollers are going to magically give you a 12 pack.
Yes, I understand you want to look your best when arriving at the classiest of Orange County’s event venues. But it has to do with diet AND exercise.
If you are still struggling with belly fat you will want to begin burning this with calorie deficit and regular cardio before beginning to sculpt abdominal muscle groups with targeted exercise.
The important takeaway here is this, many people will find their way to better health and killer abs and can even provide some helpful ideas. But the results that you can hope for will depend entirely on how much attention you pay to your own specific process.
It is very easy to force your body into an “effective” routine, but only by listening to your body can you find the routine that will be most effective for you.