Do you long for a flat stomach where you can actually SEE your hip bones?

Well here are some useful tips to achieve that elusive hip-bone sighting!
1. Nutrition
Eat as much of your food as you can raw. Important enzymes are lost through cooking food â?? thereby decreasing nutritional value. Some of the best raw foods are:

  • Apples

  • Bananas

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  • Berries

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cucumbers

  • Dark leafed lettuce

  • Onions

  • Pears

  • Sprouts

  • Sweet peppers

  • Watercress

  • Zucchini (baby marrows)

Eat mostly plant protein (beans, lentils, nuts, etc.), unprocessed food, whole grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut down on dairy, wheat, meat, and scrap the sugar.
Avoid all chemical additives â?? they interfere with the natural metabolism of your body â?? so check your labels!
Eat slowly and just enough to feel full. Make sure your last meal is at least two hours before you go to bed.
2. Five small bed exercises
Small core-tightening exercises are excellent to maintain a flat stomach, and easy to do each morning before getting up. Lie flat, and allow 5 counts for the exercise and 5 counts to relax. Repeat each exercise 10 times:

  • Raise your torso just 10-20 centimetres

  • Raise each leg in turn just 10-20 centimetres

  • Contract your genital and anal area (Kegel exercise)

  • Squeeze and tighten the muscles of your buttocks

  • Stretch your legs and, whilst pressing your knees down, lift your feet as high as possible

3. Cardio exercise
Cardio exercises heat up your core temperature and improve circulation â?? both of which will aid you in acquiring a flat tummy. Walk briskly, sprint, or why not try dancing, cycling, or swimming?
4. Strength training
Strength training improves your muscular tone as well as increases your metabolism enabling you to burn calories faster.

  • Push-ups

  • Pull-ups (hang from the branch of a large tree)

  • Squats

  • Crunches

  • Lunges

  • Yoga

  • Handstands

  • Aerobic exercises

  • Use exercise balls

5. Plyometrics
Plyometrics require explosive power whilst combining cardio and strength. Some great plyometric exercises can be done at home:

  • Jumping jacks: start standing, then jump up with hands and feet spread apart.

  • Squat-Thrust-Push-ups: start in push up position, do one push-up, jump your feet to between your hands, then jump as high as you can, arms over head. Reverse and repeat.

  • Cartwheels: do as many as you can until you get dizzy â?? then stop.

6. Water â?? flush your system
Try to replace your regular beverages, especially carbonated/sugary drinks, coffee, black tea, and alcohol with plain filtered water. Check your urine: totally clear â?? too much water; dark yellow â?? you’re dehydrated, so drink more water.

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