Toned and sculpted abs don’t just look nice. They can also make you feel good and confident about your body. This is why it is not surprising that many make it a goal to get a lean and sculpted belly with ab muscles or six-pack abs.
If you too are on the same quest, working out and eating right is the way to go. Just be sure to avoid the following mistakes that can sabotage your efforts and prevent those abs from being visible.
1. Focusing too much on ab workouts
While it is true that ab-focused exercises (sit-ups and crunches) can help strengthen your core, they won’t solely bring the abs you’re longing for. This is especially true if you have excess fat under the skin or if you perform the exercise incorrectly.
A much better approach is to engage in full-body exercises. If you want your ab muscles to show through, is best to avoid isolation routines that only target one part or certain areas of the body. Vary your routines and add some resistance training, plank-based exercises, and cardio.
2. Neglecting your diet
Consistent workout routines may not help you reach your goal if you have poor eating habits. Eating too much or consuming unhealthy foods, for instance, can make it impossible for you to lose excess fat that is preventing those abs from showing. The same is also true if you miss meals or don’t eat enough.
Improve your diet and eating habits slowly. You can start by incorporating more fruits and veggies in your diet and quitting (or limiting) sugar and processed foods. You should also watch your portion sizes and be wary of seemingly healthy foods that are actually not good for you.
3. Doing the same routine for months
If you do the same routine for a long time, your body will eventually adapt or get used to it. This adaptation will then translate to fewer calories burned even if you’re doing the same amount of activities. You might also become bored and miss opportunities to train other muscles or areas of the body.
Mix it up and try new workouts. Your body may have to work harder in adjusting to new routines, but it can help you burn more calories. It can also prevent repetitive strain injuries (or overuse injuries) and allow you to build new muscles. It can also help you get excited and motivated about exercising again.
4. Regular alcohol drinking
If you’re trying to shrink or tone your belly, drinking alcohol regularly won’t help you achieve that. This is because many alcoholic beverages are loaded with empty calories with no nutrients. Drinking can also lead to weight gain, as it prevents the body from burning fat, increases your calorie intake, and causes you to make poor food choices.
You can still drink alcohol and not ruin your efforts by keeping your behaviors in check. This means drinking in moderation and watching what you eat when you drink. You should also mind your overall diet and level of physical activity.
What can help
Regular exercise, along with a well-balanced diet, is the key to getting a toned body. If you, however, want to boost your efforts, a non-invasive body shaping device like ZField Dual can help. Read on and learn what you can expect from this procedure:
The Basics: ZField Dual is a CE-cleared non-invasive body shaping device made in Germany (from Zimmer Aesthetics). It uses electromagnetic pulses that stimulate targeted muscle contractions in the abdominal wall or gluteal region. This strengthens the muscle fibers in the treated area, resulting in a toned body.
The device has two applicators with similar application settings. Both can be used at the same time to stimulate opposing sections of the muscles (like the buttocks). The use of one applicator (for the abdomen) is also possible.
How it works: ZField Dual generates a strong inductive field, enforcing a muscle’s highest possible contraction. It enables around 27,000 muscle contractions during treatment, which is equivalent to thousands of sit-ups or squats.
Exposure to these contractions forces the muscle tissues to adapt to extreme conditions. The body responds to this by strengthening the muscle fibers, resulting in improved muscle conditioning and fat burning. This leads to a toned and sculpted appearance in the abdomen or other areas of concern.
The procedure: One session lasts between 20 and 40 minutes, and is performed with the patient lying down. The treatment is comfortable, virtually painless, and has no downtime. This only means that you can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Treatable areas: ZField Dual offers a targeted muscle treatment that can tone and shape different areas of the body. It is designed to tighten and strengthen the abdominal, gluteal, and thigh muscles. It can also treat lower back, calves, and arms. It can help you build muscles and achieve a six-pack without intense workout.
Schedule a consultation today
Avoid those mistakes mentioned above and don’t hesitate to consider ZField Dual. To find out if you’re a good candidate for the treatment, contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a body assessment and consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors.