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We all know amazing abs are easier to envy than actually achieve – and it's no secret that rock hard abs take a LOT of work.

But some women have it down to a fine art and these seven things are what they do everyday to keep their tummy toned:

1. They try new things

Your body adapts to new things quickly so it's important to change up your routine to achieve the best results.


2. They set realistic goals

Instead of going to the gym and only thinking about your abs; go thinking about getting an extra 10 seconds in your plank or lasting an extra five minutes running.


3. They use gym time wisely

If you don't have all day to be in the gym, think about what workouts are more efficient and what will help your body gain more in less time.


4. They opt for lean meats and smart carbs

Choose lean meats like chicken and fish, as well as sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, and whole-grain breads to include in your everyday diet.


5. They cheat – but only every now and then

It's OK to have a day off and eay a large Dominos – you're only human after all. But make sure that your cheat day is only ONE day.


6. They do planks instead of sit-ups

Planks are more effective for targeting your core than a classic sit-up and are proven to engage more of your abdominal muscles.


7. They do cardio

There's really no way around it if you want amazing abs.


Believe it or not, your body actually doesn't want to store fat. 


And the secret to lasting weight-loss does not come down to complicated calorie-counting or weight-loss gimmicks. Instead, it's all about finding your body's own natural rhythms.



But sometimes it's alright to have a little help – especially when that help is from tasty fat-burning foods. Who doesn't want to lose weight while you actually chew your food anyway? 


It's the best of both worlds!


With these little wonders, your metabolism is going to get a major boost and you will be on your way to trim-ville in no time.


Here are our top picks:


Whole grains



Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods – especially those rich in fibre – so stick to whole grains rather than anything processed.


Lean meat



Protein has a high fat-burning effect: You burn about 30 percent of the calories the food contains during digestion. So a 300 calorie chicken breast takes about 90 calories to break down.


Green tea



Drinking four cups of green tea a day can help people lose up to six pounds in two months. There's a compound found in green tea called EGCG, that speeds up your metabolism after sipping it. Brew anyone?





One cup of lentils equals 35 percent of your daily iron needs – which is great because 20 percent of us are iron deficient. When your body doesn't get all the nutrients it needs, your metabolism slows down, so make sure to carry a bag of lentils where ever you go!


Hot peppers



Capsaicin is the compound found in chilli peppers that give them their kick – and in turn heats up your body and melts additional calories. Sweet.



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