How to get a flat stomach at any age

Feel good and look slimmer with these easy midriff moves that don’t raise a sweat, and diet tricks you need to know.

Would you love to get slim, feel lean and stay strong throughout your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond? We’ve got just a few easy lifestyle changes that will show you how to get a flat stomach and rediscover a slimline you no matter what your age.

But as a way of helping to slim down your waistline at any age – one diet in particular is thought to be particularly beneficial.

According to an article in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal fad diets or expensive pills won’t help you slim down your stomach area. But if you opt for a simple, heart-healthy diet high in fibre, and low in saturated fats, it could just do the trick.

Kari D. Pilolla, PhD, of the California Polytechnic State University, said “There is still no miracle diet, food, nutrient, or bioactive component that will target abdominal fat,”

He continued, “These recommendations are consistent with heart-healthy diets like the NIH-developed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean-style diet,”

You can find out more about the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet here.

So what about age-specific tips?

40s



On average, women gain about 2.4kg (around 5lbs) and 2.9cm (around an inch) on the waist between the ages of 44 and 50. This is because a perimenopause starts to kick in, oestrogen levels start to fall and fat is redistributed from the hips and thighs to the tummy.



50s



Falling oestrogen levels mean our bodies start to lose muscle in our fifties, and our stomachs develop a ‘doughy’ appearance. Broken nights caused by hot flushes and night sweats don’t help. A 2013 study shows that sleeping less than seven hours a night can add up to 3.4cm (1.3in) to your waist. This is because missing out on sleep can disrupt leptin – the hormone that switches off hunger.

60s

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Annoyingly, you may notice your tum appears to stick out more around this age.
 Why? Decreasing bone density can lead to small but gradual loss of height, so we have less body length to accommodate our tummies.

The good news is by following our simple lifestyle changes for how to get a flat stomach you can fight the flab and reduce the health risks it poses. It’s never too late to get that flat tum. Try it for yourself with our 17 tips and tricks for how to get a flat stomach that work at any age…

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