Your abdominals are made up of three sets of muscles:
Rectus Abdominis – the “six-pack” muscle, the rectus abdominis is one long sheet of muscle that spans the length of your belly.
External and Internal Obliques – these muscles allow you to rotate and twist at the torso and also help keep your posture straight. They start at the ribs and extend diagonally down the sides of your waist.
Transverse Abdominis – a band of muscle that lies underneath your rectus abdominis at navel level and wraps around your waist like a corset. Strengthening this muscle is key to reducing the low-belly pooch. To engage the transverse abdominis, imagine zipping up a tight pair of jeans: Pull your low-belly muscles in and up. Doing this for just 15 seconds helps engage and firm the transverse abdominis. Repeat several times.
To actually see your abdominis muscles you have to get rid of the fat that covers them:
Subcutaneous Fat – is the pinch-an-inch stuff that’s found just under the surface of your skin. It takes diet and exercise to reduce this layer and build muscles underneath.
Visceral Fat – lies deep within your belly, surrounding your internal organs like a blanket. This is a particularly dangerous type of fat that’s associated with an increase risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious problems. It pushes your abdominal muscles out, which you may see if your belly pooches upward even when you lie down. On the plus side: Visceral fat responds quickly to diet and exercise changes.
(Ref: dr. oz magazinge; april 2016)
Recipe of the Week:
You can take your Egg Stuffed Breakfast Avocados up a notch by also adding smoke salmon and baby spinach.
Quote of the Week:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt