5 Reasons Why You Can’t Tone Your Stomach

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach LPT

Summer is quickly approaching!

You’re ready to expose that slimmer leaner body that you’ve working on in the gym since January 1st

And by now you’re meal prepping routine is like a slick military operation…


It’s not? And you’re not ready to start revealing parts of your body in this glorious weather??

What happened?

Somehow, swimsuit season sneaks up on us and all of a sudden you’ve got less than a month before your holiday to get that “beach body”

You look in the mirror and think…

“Shit. I’ve let myseflf down. Again”

The answer…you jump on a carb free, calorie restrictive, bland crash diet for 2 weeks to magically shed those extra 20 pounds

Reading this chances are you already know that isn’t going to work.

You don’t need me to tell you that

But don’t fear. You’ve got another month before the official start of summer. And two months until the summer holidays.

If you didn’t get my hint ^^^ This is it. Time to get serious.

It’s not going to be easy to reduce your mid-section in a few weeks.

But luckily for you…I’ve removed the guesswork for you

And if you follow these 5 tips…I promise your stomach will shrink, you’ll feel less bloated, you’ll be more confident and you’ll probably have to buy a new swimsuit!


“Abs are Made in the Kitchen”

– says every personal trainer, everywhere….

You’ve heard it before. But what does it REALLY mean?

Before I go any further…there’s 1 KEY FACT I want to point out…


We all process, metabolise and react differently to nutrition

So if you’re trying to find that meal plan that promises to get you beach ready in 2 weeks…save yourself the stress and don’t bother.

There isn’t ONE healthy fool-proof diet that everyone should eat…

However, there are universal dietary principles everyone needs to follow if they want to lose fat and get that flatter stomach…so let’s see what they are…

Training will definitely help with your fat loss goals but if you’re eating dessert “because you earned it” then don’t expect the hard work to pay off

1. Carbohydrates and Sugar Raise Your Blood Sugar

It’s a fact that carbohydrates raise your blood sugar. These foods include: starches, grains, fruit, refined food and of course…sugars

Some carbs are more aggressive than others but quite simply, if you’re not losing inches around your mid-section then there’s a pretty good chance you’re eating a diet that raises your blood sugar too much

2. Unused Carbs and Sugar are Immediately Stored as FAT

Your body uses carbohydrates and sugar in it’s most simple form…glucose

Glucose is stored in two places (1) your liver and (2) your muscles.

Unfortunately (just like your iPhone) you only have limited storage space…

So any excess sugar has nowhere to go…so it gets converted to and stored as fat.

3. Insulin is workhorse

Insulin is the hormone responsible for stabilizing blood sugar. It’s role is to remove glucose from your bloodstream.

The more carbs you eat, the more you start to desensitize your cells to insulin.

When this happens, glucose stays in your bloodstream longer and has nowhere to go…

Excess glucose is converted into…Remember? Yes. fat!

I recommend eating non-starchy vegetables as your main source of carbs because they have the least impact on stimulating insulin.

You’ve gotta trust me on this…you DON’T need your bowl of porridge to “fuel your day”

Instead go for something like 2 eggs scrambled with some spinach and tomatoes

4. Eat FAT to Lose FAT

Wait a minute…Fat doesn’t make us fat?

In a word…exactly!

Most of the fat that you eat — especially if you want to lose weight — should come from unsaturated sources (like fish, seeds, nuts, leafy vegetables, olive oil, and of course, avocados)

From here on in…avoid “low-fat” or “0% fat” at ALL COSTS…seroisuly!!

When food manufacturers removed fat from their foods, they had to load the foods with sugar and salt.

So swap your fat free Fage for the tastier FULL-FAT stuff!

Fat Burns Fat…

Fat stored in your body around the belly, thighs, or butt can’t be burned efficiently without “new” fat to help the process.

On top of this…fat will keep your feeling fuller for longer (no more mid-morning cravings!)

I’m going to stop there on the topic of FAT. I could honestly spend an entire day with you just talking about the benefits of FAT.

And lastly…

5. Track everything

Your body keeps and accurate journal regardless of what you write down or log in your app.

There have been a tonne of studies that prove without doubt that simply by recording what you eat and drink you subconsciously eat better.

Who wants to look back at 5 days of toast, sandwiches and pizza!?

So even if you’re not following a strict diet plan I recommend that you record everything that you’re eating and drinking.

Then after a week, look back through it and see where you went wrong and where you did well.

Then write a plan for the followig week…

You don’t ahve to carry a pair of scales with you and religously weigh every ounce of food

But it won’t take you long to realise that you always slip up on a Wednesday afternoon…or perhaps you could have 1 less glass of wine on a Friday night.

Whatever it may be…the bad patterns will highlight what you need to change.

Whenever I work with a new client the first thing I get them to do is just record their diet. I don’t even tell them what to eat at this point.

It’s an awesome habit to get into early on.

So there you have it ^^^

5 Top Tips to help you shrink your waistline in time for summer!

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