The final week of the 5 Week Body Transformation is here! We’re talking about switching to flat stomach foods or changing one of your workouts. If you’re just joining us, we’ve spent the last four weeks making tweaks to the body (and mind) to make amazing changes. If you haven’t committed to the 5 Week Body Transformation Challenge yet, you still can! Grab your 5 Week Body Transformation Action Plan here. Think about your goal, write it at the top of the Action Plan, and sign the form at the bottom.
So for this final week, you actually have two options for your challenge. You can focus on switching to flat stomach foods or change one of your workouts. Why did I give you two options? Well, I recognize that everyone came to this challenge from a different place and the goal you established at the start of the challenge reflects that. So depending on your goal, you get to choose if you’ll be switching to flat stomach foods or if you’ll be changing one workout. And I suppose you can do both if you want…it’s all up to you!
Let’s dive into why we’re focusing on these tweaks this week!
Why Focus on Flat Stomach Foods?
You may have started this challenge with a goal to look a certain way in your bathing suit, birthday suit, gym clothes, or street clothes at the end of the five weeks. If so, everything that we’ve done up to this point should have gotten you closer to that goal. Now, the final piece of the puzzle is your food choices. What you eat does contribute to how you look in your clothes. Some foods can cause water retention and make you look bloated. And I have to add, there are drinks that make you look bloated too. We’ll talk about those as well.
Is There a List of Flat Stomach Foods and Drinks?
Yes, there is! Here’s a list of some all-star foods and drinks that are known to reduce bloat and flatten your stomach:
Flat Stomach Foods and Drinks to Avoid
You’re not going to be surprised about this list of foods and drinks to avoid. They are known body bloaters. Here they are:
- Alcohol – Here’s an interesting fact: one study showed that lifetime consumption of alcohol is positively related to abdominal fat in 160,000 women. 😮 Be wise in what you’re drinking and how much you consume.
- Salty foods – Avoid them because they make you retain water and make you feel bloated. Focus on eating more whole foods including proteins, vegetables, and high fiber carbs.
- Carbonated drinks – They are bad because they leave bubbles in your tummy. You can replace these drinks with water.
- Processed meats – Stay away because they contribute to bloating. Know what they are so you can avoid them. They include bacon, sausage, and hot dogs.
- Sugar alcohols – No surprise, they contribute to bloating. Read your labels so you’ll know how to locate them. They are often called maltitol and sorbitol.
So…let’s say that you aren’t concerned about your gut. That’s cool! You still can make strides in your body transformation by changing up one of your workouts this week.
Why Change Your Workout?
In week 1 of the challenge, you added a new workout to your exercise routine. While it may be tempting to do your workout routine over and over because it’s easy and convenient, the gains and improvements that you experience will be limited. Your body responds when you trick it by varying your workout routine. If you don’t change it, your body will reach a plateau. When you exercise, your mind finds a way to adapt to what you’re doing. It figures out what muscles you’re using, and how to use those muscles to get through the exercise efficiently. If you do that exercise over and over again, the body will master the exercise and you won’t see the same results. That’s why you need to mix up your workout. You want to keep confusing your mind and muscles, which will also keep your metabolism pumped. Besides that, you avoid getting bored with your workout routine if you keep things fresh by mixing it up.
How to Change Your Workout
Now that you’ve been exercising, you’ve probably heard of or seen other workouts that you haven’t tried. This is the time to try it! If a friend told you about it, tag along with him/her next time they go to class so you have the support of your friend. Don’t let fear get in your way! Just because you’ve never done it before is not an adequate excuse to not do it. Or, think about it this way: if you don’t do it, you could be missing out on an amazing way to transform your body and reach your goals. You’ll never know if you don’t try it! Be open, have a positive attitude about it, and remember–if a workout doesn’t feel right (e.g., it’s too taxing on your body), try something else. Whatever it is, find that workout, then do it this week.
Let’s get started!
I hope that I’ve inspired you to choose one of these challenges for your 5th and final week of the challenge. This week you’ll either switch to flat stomach foods or change your workout, or you can do both! Set some time aside and plan what you’re going to do this week during the challenge so that you can succeed. By the way, are you looking for some super cool recipes that will help you flatten your stomach? You’re in luck! This book has 400 Flat-Tummy recipes and tips for you. Check it out!
After this week is over, the 5 Week Body Transformation Challenge will be complete. Does this mean our relationship comes to an end? I hope not! I’d love for you to join my private Facebook group here! In the group, we’ll talk about wellness, fitness, family, and food! It’s going to be awesome, and I want YOU to be a part of the community. So join now!
And, if you haven’t committed to the 5 Week Body Transformation Challenge yet, do it now! Grab your 5 Week Body Transformation Action Plan here. Think about your goal, write it at the top of the Action Plan, and sign the form at the bottom. Once you do that, come back to my blog and read through each of my blog posts for each week. I’ll talk about the “Tweak of the Week”, how the change can benefit your body, and I’ll give you extra motivation!
Have a good one, and I’ll see you in the Facebook group!
Mrs. Traylor is a Fitness Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, AFPA Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, wife, and momma who provides actionable advice for positive lifestyle changes with fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Read about Wendy’s inspiring entrepreneurial journey, and subscribe to Wendy’s newsletter here!