If you’re like most people, you want results and you want them fast. Scratch that. You want them now (yesterday would be even better, right?). And this goes double and triple when it comes to getting results from a diet or exercise program. In fact, I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing motivates you more to push towards your goal than quick progress.
With this in mind, I have a special treat for you today. I’m going to show you (or rather, describe) a simple trick that can shrink your waist by 2 to 3 inches in mere weeks. It’s easy to perform, takes just a few minutes per day, anyone can do it (that means you!), and the results are not only fast… but downright amazing.
Now, before we get into the specifics, I want to show you what’s possible. Because when you see with your own eyes what you can achieve by doing this (and with such ease) there’s no way you’ll put it off. In fact, you’ll want to get started as soon as you finish reading this article.
Alright, take a look at the two pictures below but ignore the fact that these are pictures of bodybuilders. There’s a very slim chance you’re after either of these physiques (heck, you’re probably a female). Nevertheless, you’re looking at these for a good reason as you’ll soon discover.
As you can see, both of these guys are very lean. After all, it takes very low levels of body fat to have a six-pack/visible abs, which again, both of these guys have. With that said, the man on the left looks fat and bloated whereas the one on the right looks great. Also, notice the differences in waist size? On the left it’s big and sloppy. On the right, tapered and trim.
Now, which one would you rather have?
That’s a rhetorical question. But keep in mind, this applies not only to bodybuilders but everyday people as well… and especially women. In fact, how many times have you come across those “skinny-fat” girls who are generally thin but have a bit of a protruding belly?
So, the secret to having a great-looking, trim waistline is to perform that simple trick you read about earlier. It’s called the stomach vacuum and it strengthens your inner abdominal muscles to keep your core tight. Because, as you can tell from the pictures above, if those muscles are loose, your midline is going to protrude whether you’re fat or not.
Now do you see why the stomach vacuum is so important? Alright then – let’s get into the specifics. Here’s how to do it:
- Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Take a deep breath through your nose and fill up your lungs completely.
- Next, exhale forcefully from your mouth while simultaneously bending over at the hips.
- Continue exhaling until all the air is out of your lungs.
- While you’re doing the above, use your abs to suck in your stomach as much as possible (try to “touch your spine with your belly button”).
- Once all the air is out of your lungs and you’re holding your stomach in, stay like that for 5 seconds.
- Relax, stand up, and take a normal breath.
That’s one rep. You want to do 3 sets of 5 reps – 3 times per week.
Pretty easy, right? And again, it takes mere minutes and it’s well worth the effort – especially when you take into account that nice, tight midsection you’ll soon have.
Now, if you’re a walker (as you should be) there’s a slight variation of the above you can do while you’re strolling down the street. It’s just as effective and you won’t need to set aside extra time for it (although, you should follow the instructions above to the T for the next few weeks).
Back to the point… while you’re walking, exhale through your mouth, use your abs to pull in your stomach (again, try to touch your spine with your belly button), and hold it there while you count to 10.
Counting to 15 is even better but you can work up to that. Alternatively, you may need to start from 5. Nevertheless, the point is to keep improving. Finally, do this 3 times if you’re walking for 30 minutes or 5 times if you’re walking for 6 minutes (or something in between).
And there you have it. This simple trick is the perfect way to lose 2-3 inches off your waistline in just a few weeks. And as promised, you don’t have to change your diet or exercise harder to accomplish this. As such, you have no excuse not to do it, so start now!