This week, Summer Shape Up paid a visit to celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak to get the skinny on perfect abs. The creator of the Five Factor Diet has trained Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry, and most recently began working with Weight Watchers spokesperson Jessica Simpson. Harley believes having a healthy body overall begins with a nutritious diet. However, when it comes to having killer abs like the A-listers, it's a strict combination of diet and exercise. Here are a few key ingredients that Harley suggests to get a flat tummy.
-Egg Whites are a good source of protein that helps to build leaner muscle. You can make an egg white scramble and add veggies such as spinach and broccoli.
-Apples are packed with fiber and makes you feel fuller longer. It's also a quick snack to quiet cravings, and it's a delicious fruit to add to smoothies.
-Spinach is another ingredient that's perfect for flat abs. This leafy green is low in calories and helps your muscles contract.
Here are three exercises for the abs that Harley feels will beat the belly bulge.
-Side Plank- Begin in a plank position and then rotate over to your side while balancing on one arm. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds on each side.
-Russian Trunk Twist- Begin in a seated position on the floor and lean back about twenty degrees. Twist your midsection from side to side while extending your arms like a boxer. Try doing this exercise for 30 to 60 seconds.
-Superman-Lay down on your stomach and extend your arms forward. Slowly raise your head, arms, and legs off the floor at the same time. You should move your head with your spine.