See those abs? You know, the super-ripped ones to the left of these words? Those are Amber Lynn’s abs.
Amber is a pro fitness model. She’s a star competitor in fitness competitions, a black belt in karate, a walking encyclopedia on fat loss, fitness and nutrition…
And makes grown men cry just by flexing 😉
Today, Amber is going to share her secrets for slim, sexy abs. Take notes! This is a good one.
Take it away, Amber!
A lot of people ask me… “How did you get your abs???”
The truth is, it’s not all that difficult. I don’t try extra hard. I don’t starve myself. I just live by a few simple principles, and apply them every single day. First I’m going to share my daily routine with you. Then, I’ll show you how you can modify it to work with your own schedule.
That way – whether you want 6-pack abs, or just a flat stomach – you can just follow in my footsteps to get there ;-).
First: Morning Workout & Breakfast
What I do: 60-90 minutes of weight training. This usually comes first, unless I wake up super hungry.
Then I’ll eat plain oatmeal with berries, or have a smoothie with cottage cheese, fruit, water, & whey protein powder (a lot of people cringe when they hear I put cottage cheese in a smoothie, but you really can’t taste it when it’s blended up with everything!)
What you can do: Well, you can copy my meals easy enough. But I know not everyone has time for a 60-90 minute weight training session in the morning! Just get as much of a workout as you can in the morning. It jumpstarts your metabolism like crazy.
– Go for a jog…
– Do pushups, squats, lunges and sit-ups…
– Do pullups…
Exercise in the morning gets your metabolism burning fat for you all day long.
Lunch, Snacks & Dinner
What I do: I eat every 2-4 hours. I hate hunger, and I would never go on a diet that made me hungry. That includes 3 main meals, and 3 snacks. For lunch, I’ll usually have a salad with either spinach or dark greens with a lean meat on top (like tuna or chicken). Actually, a lot of times I have this for dinner too. I’ll also throw in whatever veggies are in the fridge:
– Seeds (like flax seeds)…
For dressing, I throw on a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Snacks are either peanut butter… a slice of protein bread with peanut butter… Greek yogurt with peanut butter… or another smoothie with *drum roll please* peanut butter!
Yes, I’m crazy about peanut butter! I think it’s the best thing since the discovery of peanuts! 🙂
If you can’t have peanut butter – try almond butter, or another nut butter.
What you can do: Have a fridge at work? Bring in some non-fat Greek yogurt and stock up. Throw some fruit and veggies in there too. You can also bring hummus and carrots for a great, filling, healthy snack.
The trick is to never let yourself get too hungry. That’s when you make bad food choices.
For meals, pre-cook a bunch of chicken for the week. You can just throw it on top of some greens and add balsamic vinegar and oil for a quick, healthy, filling meal. Same goes for tuna or lean beef!
(Vegetarian? Slice up a block of tofu and throw it in the oven with a bit of salt & pepper. Makes for a delicious protein to add to salads / meals).
I also bring food with me wherever I go. For example, every couple of weeks I travel to NYC to meet at iLoveKickboxing.com HQ. I always bring peanut butter and other snacks, and leave them in their office fridge. Hunger is the #1 cause of bad food choices! Don’t let yourself get hungry!
What I do: With my weight training out of the way, I head on over to my iLoveKickboxing.com location in Rhode Island for cardio and some more resistance. I don’t run, jog, play sports or do anything else for cardio.
All I do is work my butt off at iLoveKickboxing.com!
What you can do: Try to make 2-3 iLoveKickboxing.com classes per week. This alone will help you burn fat – and keep it off. I recommend doing weight training too on days where you don’t go to kickboxing class.
Weights help you build muscles, which boosts metabolism, and burns fat. And if you’re a lady like me, don’t worry! You won’t get bulky, I promise ;-). It takes a super-high-calorie diet and TONS of protein to bulk up.
A few important notes:
– Avoid sugar and white flour like the plague!!
– As you can see, I don’t do workouts especially for my abs. I work my whole body, and eat right, and the abs come naturally.
– Hang in there! A sexy stomach doesn’t come overnight. It’s part of a slim lifestyle. Give yourself time to create this lifestyle. Make small changes every day, and before you know it, your whole life is healthy & slimming.