Star’s stomach toning tips
Victoria’s Secret Model and star of Transformers and Mad Mad, Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley has divulged her three-point plan in maintaining a flat stomach:
“I have to really work on my stomach. I’ve found Pilates great because it’s slow and controlled and you really have to think about the muscles you’re working. I drink a lot of water too. I always find that when I’ve not been drinking enough, I get more bloated. It sounds counter-productive but drinking more water will actually get rid of the water retention. Probiotics are great for keeping things moving as well, I throw them in a smoothie or take them in pill form”
Does this strategy really work?
Pilates can indeed play a role in controlling waist size as one of the key fundamentals of Pilates, alongside alignment and breathing, is centring, which involves learning how to control all of your movements from your centre. In Pilates you learn how to use your deep core muscles to support your spine. These muscles wrap around your waist like a natural built in corset. Every exercise you do in a Pilates session teaches you how to work from your centre.
Hydration is important for everything we do, being that it is 70% of what we are. Water helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of the cells. We can survive without food for about five weeks, but we can’t live without water for longer than five days. Most of us do not drink enough fluids and, ironically women who suffer from water retention tend to restrict their liquid intake thinking that the less they drink, the less their bodies will retain. Actually, the opposite is true. If you restrict fluids, your body will try to compensate and retain liquid, just in case it is in short supply. Therefore you should ideally aim to drink around six glasses of water a day.
The final step of probiotics can be explained by these friendly bacteria can also helping to digest lactose – the natural sugars in milk and other dairy foods. If they’re not around to do this job, lactose or other carbohydrates can remain undigested, and this can lead to more fermentation and bloating. Some friendly bacteria are also thought to encourage normal bowel movements, preventing constipation. For all of these reasons, having a good population of beneficial flora in our gut can help prevent bloating, which is why probiotic supplements, which provide some of these beneficial bacteria, can also help us keep a flat tum-tum.