Flat abs aren’t just for teenagers, models, or Olympic athletes. Learn how to get a flat stomach with these expert tips.
When You’re in Your 20’s
In theory, these should be flat-ab glory years. Though your metabolism starts to drop by 1 to 2 percent when you cross from your teens into your twenties (that means, if you’re burning 2,500 calories a day in your teens, you’ll burn 25 to 50 fewer calories a day in your twenties, which is why most people gain an average of 1.2 pounds per year at this age), it’s still high, says endocrinologist Scott Isaacs, M.D., the author of Hormonal Balance. You’re also continuing to churn out large amounts of hormones, like estrogen (this peaks in your late teens or early twenties), which guides your body to store fat in the hips, butt, and breasts instead of the midsection, and growth hormone, which releases fat from its stores in the body so it can be delivered to your muscles for energy, Dr.Isaacs says.
Excerpted from Health