What makes Davina’s figure even more remarkable is the fact that body sculpting becomes increasingly difficult after the age of 40.
This is when the metabolism slows down and hormonal changes kick in, making it harder to shift fat around the tummy.
On top of this, yo-yo dieting along with pregnancy and sun damage can reduce skin elasticity and tone.
Thankfully there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten your midriff.
A combination of smart eating and targeted core-strengthening exercises are the most effective way to tone up while high-tech treatments in the clinic can banish any remaining bulges or loose skin. So get ready for summer with our guide on everything you need to know about shaping up your tummy.
Exercise is key to tightening and toning the midriff.
A combination of fat-burning cardio exercise such as fast walking, dancing or swimming and core-strengthening exercises will give the best results.
Don’t focus solely on crunches. They only tone one muscle group and are not good for the spine.
Instead include a range of full-body exercises such as squats as they help engage your core while working multiple muscle groups. Yoga and Pilates will also help strengthen and tone the body.
Try this easy core-strengthening exercise at home. Sit at the edge of the sofa with your feet out and resting on the floor. Place your hands on your stomach. Relax your thighs and turn them slightly outward, then roll back until your mid back just touches the sofa.
Pull in your abdomen and lift one or both feet off the floor. Pull in your tummy muscles as you exhale for a count of 10. Put your feet back on the floor and sit up. Repeat five times.
If you are short of time, do the plank and hold it for 30 seconds. This exercise engages your entire core, helping work the muscles that tighten your midsection while also strengthening your arms and legs at the same time.
A balanced diet will help you lose any unwanted pounds as well as banish bloating. If you exercise without adjusting your diet progress will be slow.
Make sure that you eat enough. Eating too little (below 1,200 calories a day) cuts levels of the fat-burning hormone leptin in the body, which will slow down weight loss.
Certain foods exacerbate belly fat and bloating. Dairy, sugar, wheat and refined carbohydrates can all be a problem.
However the biggest culprit is food with a high salt content as it makes the body retain water. Foods that are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as avocado, almonds or olive oil can help burn fat.
They stimulate the production of hormones that regulate glucose metabolism and increase the release of insulin, which lowers blood sugar and reduces fat around the midriff.
Make sure to watch your portion sizes as these foods are very high in calories.
Studies have shown the combination of protein and calcium in yogurt can help with weight loss around the midriff.
Yogurt also contains friendly bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.
HIGH-TECH TUMMY TONERS
Diet and exercise are still the most effective way to tone and firm the tummy. However sometimes a clinic treatment can help speed things up, zapping small but stubborn pockets of fat as well as tightening loose skin.
Tite FX uses radiofrequency energy to blast fat cells while boosting collagen and improving skin tone. Four to six weekly treatments are recommended. From £1,000 for a course.
If you want to tighten loose skin. Reaction is a fast and effective treatment that uses vacuum massage and radiofrequency to firm and tone.
The massage boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage while the radiofrequency stimulates collagen production, improving skin quality and elasticity. You’ll need six to eight 20-minute treatments for best results. From £1,000 for a course. It can be almost impossible to recover a completely flat stomach after having a baby.
During pregnancy the abdominal muscles stretch and lengthen and in some cases separate completely, leaving a bulge that is resistant to diet and exercise.
The new micro tuck – a less traumatic version of a traditional tummy tuck – focuses on the lower stomach.
The incision is very short, meaning faster recovery time, but the procedure is suitable only for women with a small amount of excess skin. From £6,000.
For advice on cosmetic surgery, consult your GP.
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