Your Flat Belly and Abs Questions Answered

Your Flat Belly and Abs Questions Answered

**this blog was ORIGINALLY published in 2013 but was thoroughly updated as of May of 2020.**

How do I get abs?  How do I get a flat belly? 

How to get a Flat Belly and even Abs

The most common weight loss and fitness question I get is some version of how to get abs. “How do I get abs?” or, “How do I get a 6-pack?” or, “How do I get a flat belly?”

Now, before I share my method, I want you to know that I didn’t get ‘abs’ until I was in my late 30’s. AND that was after I had my daughter, had gained almost 60 lbs when pregnant and AFTER I thought it was hopeless.  It took me a while to figure it out, but once I did, I’ve been able to maintain them year round for over 12+ years now (I’m 48 now).

One of the biggest issues holding you back is that there is SO much information overload out there. It is no wonder people get so confused!  So that’s the reason I decided to write this blog.

I wanted to put together the most common questions about getting that elusive flat stomach that everyone is dying to have and teach you how to get abs.

Here are some of the top questions and my respective answers when it comes to ABS:

Are abs really made in the kitchen?

It depends. Here is the deal with abs. Nutrition plays a HUGE role with almost everybody that has abs. This is because if you EAT more than you are burning in a day, you will store fat and have a layer over those abs.

If you are an athlete, train at a super high intensity, etc. then the nutrition becomes slightly less critical because you are burning thousands of calories. Because your metabolism works so efficiently, you will have a flat belly. is why you will see ultra fit people or athletes get away with eating whatever they want, yet they still have abs.

For example, I used to eat a super strict diet and would do long sessions of cardio to get my abs to come out of their hiding spot.  However, as soon as I went off my “diet”, they would disappear.

Now though, due to my short, functionally focussed workouts, I am not nearly as regimented or strict with my diet, but I have abs all the time. They are BOTH important but when you change how you workout and you do functionally focussed workouts that target and define your core, the nutrition component can be less rigorous.

I also have to mention that I can’t remember the last time I did long slow cardio at the gym, either. The cardio I do now is more for enjoyment (walking, biking, hiking) OR it is short burst during my functionally focussed workouts.

I’m not going to lie — it is nice to have abs without the hours of slow cardio and watching every bite. The KEY to this is to train at a super high intensity so that my metabolism is always on fire burning up what I am putting down.

How to get abs: Is cardio important for abs?

Again, it depends. You have to get rid of the layer of fat for your abs to show. If you choose to do that through cardio, it can be done, but it is not necessary to log hours every day on the bike or treadmill.

Training with functionally focussed workouts is more efficient and changes the body much quicker than long, drawn out cardio.  So if you are looking to make a change quickly, you need to learn these moves and then up the intensity there.

If you are competitive runner, triathlete, etc., what I am saying about cardio really doesn’t apply to you.  Who I am talking about are those people at the gym leaning on the elliptical, walking on the treadmill, or slowly pedaling away on

how to get abs - Natalie Jillthe exercise bike, while reading or chatting on their cell phones for an hour or two a day.  That is NOT the intensity I am talking about.

That may bring the abs out from hiding for a little while, but inevitably most people don’t have 1-2 hours a day to spend on the treadmill.

If you want to get a flat belly the fastest way possible, focus on sprinting, plyometrics competitive swimming or running, High Intensity Interval training, OR take the short cut I teach HERE. 

Can I get abs after having a baby?

YES! You 100%  CAN! It may be harder, it may take a bit longer, but YES, YOU CAN!

In case you didn’t know, I am mother, so I know what it is like to deal with excess baby weight and what it’s like to overcome it and get abs. There is a simple formula for uncovering those abs!

1. DECIDE it is possible…. That is critical. If you stay focussed on why it is NOT possible it will never happen. Decide it IS possible first and then start taking the actions to get you there.

2. Train your core abs. Here are the exercises I suggest that you can do anywhere.

3. Dial in your nutrition… Focus on natural, real unprocessed foods like I share HERE


How to get abs: If you have loose skin what can you do?

Skin can be challenging, believe me, I know.  It isn’t easy to share, but this pic is of MY stomach.  (Click the pic for a video and more info.)

truth about abs natalie jill baby belly skinI have abs, but downward dog is just NOT a flattering exercise after having a baby. The skin is not as elastic as we age and pregnancy does stretch/change the skin around the lower to mid stomach. 

Even if the skin isn’t as tight as it used to be, you CAN still develop those muscles and you CAN lose overall body fat and that WILL drastically change the appearance of your stomach so you have abs.

How to get abs: Do stretch-marks ever go away naturally? Or does there have to be a cosmetic procedure?

Most stretch-marks will fade over time. Unfortunately exercising and diet will not change appearance of stretch marks. What you can do is make sure you drink plenty of water and keep the skin moisturized from the outside as well.

How to get abs: What is the BEST exercise for abs?

I am a big fan of PLANKS and this is why: They are GREAT for your lower back (when done with correct form) and they are AMAZING for CORE development. Planks are challenging to do, and there are a lot of ways to progress the exercise and make it harder.

Doing planks gives you a stronger CORE, which will improve your functional training with everything you do. They require a lot of energy and you DO burn calories, as it is a full body exercise and once again, they ARE CHALLENGING.

So plank away!

Work up to holding a plank for 2 minutes and then start progressing the exercise. Start the progression by lifting one arm at a time.  Then try lifting one arm and the opposite leg.  Anything to make you unstable or that requires more balance is a GOOD thing.  If you can hold a plank for a long time, you are on the right track! If not, keep working. You can do it!

Don’t like planks? No worries lol… I have so many follow along functionally focussed exercises you can do with me HERE

How to get abs: Are you a fan of crunches?

No, not after what I learned about when I was dealing with my back pain. Now, before you tell me “you are no longer following me” I am going to admit and share with you that YES, two years ago, if you had asked me how to get abs, I would have said CRUNCH AWAY, as that is what I had been doing.

But I was wrong. Yes, I had developed a great “6 pack” with those crunches, but I also had a terrible time with back pain and hip problems.

In addition, I had a very dramatic anterior pelvic tilt which was further made worse by doing a lot of ‘crunches’.

I have since corrected my anterior pelvic tilt by changing my training and one of the first things I was told was to take the crunches out of my workouts. Not just minimize them, but take them out COMPLETELY.

To learn more about my current routine that is 100% crunch free, take a look at my Home Fit Workout Bundle HERE

How to get abs: Doesn’t eating fat make you fat? Why do you suggest fat on your programs?

Listen up, eating fat does NOT make you fat. Diets suggesting fat-free eating are based on old research and it has been disproven. Obesity rates have gone through the roof since the low-fat diet became popular.  SUGAR, PROCESSED FOODS, and ARTIFICIAL FAKE FOODS are a primary cause of obesity and many other health problems. Eating fat does NOT make you fat. Lack of activity and eating unhealthy processed foods do 🙂

How to get abs: Is there a supplement or pill that targets belly fat?

UMMMM NO! I call BS on the ads that say their “magic pill” melts belly fat.  Hard work, training with intensity, and proper nutrition are the ONLY “magic pills” that really work!

How to get abs: If you have a C-section can you get abs back?

Of course. Now there is not a whole lot you can do to reverse the c-section, BUT you can dramatically change the appearance by developing the muscles in that area and losing overall body fat. If you pay attention to your diet and train hard, the appearance will drastically change. Read this c-section to bikini ready story.

What is the quickest way to lose weight and get a flat belly?

The ONLY way to lose belly fat and KEEP it off is to do it the healthy way. You have to work at it and BE CONSISTENT! 

I can tell you that switching from a processed food diet to a clean and natural one (like my Jump Start™ program) will help you feel better and shed weight.

The first week is a big one because you will lose excess water and bloat in ADDITION to body fat by switching to unprocessed foods and getting the ‘junk’ out of your system. Some people lose up to 5 pounds in just 7 days! 

But by making that your LIFESTYLE, you will steadily lose body fat while maintaining high energy levels until you hit your goal weight even after that first week.  Doing it properly with a healthy lifestyle means that you will experience realistic and long lasting RESULTS…and NEVER have to ‘diet’ again.  

No diet works when you aren’t following it. That is why a healthy lifestyle is sooooo important!  That is why my Jump Start programs have been so popular…with over 40,000+ people having successfully used it!

How do I get rid of the “pooch”?

Usually the pooch is from one of few things:

1. It can be overall body fat that needs to be lost through intensity in training and diet.
2. It could be BLOAT from an allergen. Keep a log to see if it is more distended due to certain foods like dairy or wheat.
3. It could be an anterior pelvic tilt which is common with females. That makes it LOOK like you have a pooch, but can actually be a lower back issue.
4. It could be extra skin, but that is less likely and usually only the case after losing a lot of weight.

So, figure out first which one of those things is the cause and then address it from there. IF it is is the pelvic tilt, fat-loss my Stronger program and my Follow along workout programs  can help change your life. If it is allergen reduction you may like my Jump Start program which addresses nutrition.

So there you have it!  I hope this helps give you some quality information so now you can go get that flat belly that you have always wanted!

– Natalie Jill

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Natalie Jill

Natalie Jill is a Fat Loss Expert turned high performance coach who helps woman Age In Reverse and level up their lives! Natalie Jill is the author of two best selling books "7 Day Jump Start- Unprocess Your Diet" and "Aging in Reverse" and has been recognized from Forbes and Greatist several years running as one of the top health and wellness influencers in the world. She is also the creator and host of the top ranking podcast Leveling Up Creating Everything from Nothing. . To know more about Natalie Jill, you can visit her Facebook Profile.

  • Cinthia
    Posted at 10:56h, 12 September

    How can you tel if you have an anterior pelvic tilt?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 03:44h, 19 September

      The anterior pelvic tilt is if your pelvis is tipped forward. Think of our waist as a big glass. If it raised the back a bit, water would pour out the front. This is usually seen with the ‘arch’ in the lower back. Try clenching your glutes and notice how your pelvis rotates to a ‘level’ plane. That is how you remove the pelvic tilt, and if your pelvis levels out, then you know you have an anterior (forward) pelvic tilt. I hope this helps!

    • Janelle
      Posted at 03:42h, 26 May

      What can I do to boost my metabolism

  • renata
    Posted at 22:17h, 10 October

    I would like to know what kind of protein shake would be the best for someone that can’t have dairy products. What brand do u suggest What kind of pre workout meal do u have. You are great ! Thanks

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 01:15h, 14 October

      It depends on why you can’t have dairy. If it is just lactose intolerance, then you can still do most pure whey as the lactose is removed. If you have a milk allergy, then you need to avoid casein and whey completely, and look at egg protein, or the plant based protein powders. More info here —-> I hope this helps!

      • Karina
        Posted at 14:52h, 08 August

        Hi Natalie, I love your workouts, I’m 5’2 my weight was between 112-114 before I started your 4wjs program which I love. My goal 6 packs and a butt big boobs I always had. I’m down to 104. My question is. I don’t want to loose more weight I love my tummy now, but my boobs are getting smaller. What is your advice for me Natalie?? Thanks

      • Natalie Jill
        Posted at 11:21h, 20 August

        That is great Karina! Just tweak things a bit for yourself. I would up the protein and healthy fats a bit and keep the workouts strong. Boobs are fat, so you might lose a little there, but focus on being healthy and stronger as I think you will like that feeling a lot more! Keep up the great work!

  • Amber
    Posted at 13:37h, 21 October

    You mentioned that sugar is one of the main causes in fat gain. Does this include the sugar in fruits? Ive heard many different opinions on this and would like to hear yours. Thanks!

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 13:51h, 23 October

      Hi Amber,

      No, that does not really pertain to the sugar in fruits. In today’s modern society most people are eating what amounts to a processed food laden diet. They are eating and drinking products with a TON of added sugars. There is a big difference between eating an apple, and drinking a glass of store bought ‘apple juice’ that has the sugar content of 10 to 16 apples in one glass. In that case, ‘apple juice’ isn’t the best choice.

      My goal is to get people focused on eating REAL foods. Basically anything that ‘grows’ is good…example, fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, nuts, etc. All of those things grow in the wild, and they aren’t made in a processing plant.

      So no, if you are eating that way, don’t worry about the ‘carbs’ in fruits and vegetables 🙂

      I hope this helps!

  • Cecilia
    Posted at 04:09h, 24 October

    What program can i follow of i have loose skin in my abs? I Want them flat and ripped, Also what nutritional program?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 04:16h, 21 January

      I would start with the jump start programs, and work up from there to the super shred.

      As far as the loose skin goes, it is hard to tell without seeing it. A lot of what appears to be loose skin is also body fat and water. Proper nutrition will help with the appearance in many cases. If you have lost a LOT of weight (100+ lbs) it could be that you need to see a doctor about the excess skin.

      I hope this helps!

      • Romelia uribe
        Posted at 13:16h, 19 June

        I lost 54 lbs in 7 yrs with healthy eating and multiple ways of workouts I still had to get my loose skin remove but no lipo at all. I can see my abs from all the hard word from before. I happy and glad I made this decision.

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:54h, 27 February

    What about if you are thin (so thin you are trying to put muscle on for shape!) but still have just a fat belly? (Not incorrect tilt either). Do you eat less? But then would I lose my muscle tone I have had to work very hard for? Doesn’t seem to matter what I do, I can’t get that flat belly!

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 00:13h, 03 March

      Eating less over time only makes things worse. You need to eat properly and workout to gain muscle and burn bodyfat. So many people over-restrict calories and that ends up making it so you lose muscle, and maintain body fat…and that is not what you want. Read this blog as I think you will relate to it. Talks about how I completely changed my body —-> I hope this helps!

  • Janay
    Posted at 10:56h, 26 April

    What actually is an intensity workout?

  • Hayley Bustos
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 May

    Hi Natalie! Thank you for all of this awesome info!! I bought your shredded abs program! Recently I started seeing a physical therapist bc of hip and pelvic pain. She told me that I have extremely tight psoas muscles and that I cannot do ANY crunches or core work and need to focus on shifting my thinking… my core (according to her) should be my glutes not my abs. I am curious to know what you think of this? Have you ever helped anyone modify workouts who had tight psoas muscles?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 03:25h, 12 May

      That is why I do a lot of planks and bridges for core strength. You have to get the glutes engaged, and foam roll your psoas and hip flexors. Crunches further contract the hip flexors which are usually tight in the first place from sitting.

      You will want to get a softball or other hard ball to get in there and ‘roll’ the psoas. It might even take some soft tissue work to get it to release completely.

      I hope this helps!

      • Chaz
        Posted at 14:53h, 19 December

        What is psoas? I have an IT BAND issue from sitting too much commuting and working but roller never seemed to help. Suggestions ?

      • Natalie Jill
        Posted at 22:11h, 25 December

        The psoas can get tight after long periods of sitting which further causes anterior pelvic tilt. Foam rolling is great, but if it is really tight, you will have to get soft tissue work to really loosen it up. Then, you will have to make foam rolling a regular part of your routine, in addition to lots of glute and hamstring work. Also, you will probably want to get something harder to roll out the psoas. Sometimes I use a piece of PVC pipe to get in there. If you can stand more, I highly recommend it. I hope this helps!

  • Maria M
    Posted at 17:02h, 10 May

    Hi Natalie! I follow you on Instagram and you are such an inspiration!
    I have another question about the persistent “pooch”. I ran track/XC in high school and am now a college student and stay active. I’ve since gotten more into strength training/free weights – but still do a few high intensity workouts per week. I’m a vegetarian and eat very clean (as clean as food gets on a college campus) and am overall happy with my fitness level.
    However, I have visible abs on the top half of my stomach, but can’t seem to get the awesome lower abs you have ! Is this just genetic, or is there something you would recommend ?
    Thank you!

  • Rita Hartono
    Posted at 09:56h, 17 June

    Hi Natalie

    i bought ur 7 day jump start program. What i want to
    ask is no matter how hard i do the cardio i cant see my abs.
    i do 6 times cardio in the morning and also strength training.
    What i can see is my legs’ muscle is growing. What should i do
    with my abs fat? Thanks


    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 16:11h, 23 June

      Hi Rita! You need to stay consistent with the nutrition and the strength training. The cardio might actually be holding you back. 6x a week is a lot, and lots of cardio often makes it harder as people tend to be hungrier after the cardio and eat more. Focus on the strength training and when you do cardio, make it high intensity for 10 to 20 minutes. Eat real foods, and keep the protein high. Your abs WILL come out, it just takes consistency, especially if that is a trouble area for you.

  • wendy
    Posted at 10:20h, 25 June

    Thank you for this great article with all info. I follow your programm since about 2 months now, lost not only 10 kg is about 18 Lbs but gain a lot of muscle and energy. Feeling great. A few years ago I was diagnosted with spastic colon and have had stomach ache and problems almost every day since I can remember. Also for me it was hard to loose weight even when following programms such as Herbalife or other shake programms, I have read many books about Dieting and followed a lot of different programms, I can be tough for myself and almost starving myself with almost no result on the scale. Your programm is so much different. I can eat and feel fit and sport and feel great. With doing the 7 day jump start after 2 days I already felt better and was gaining energy and loosing weight. No more stomach problems, and not bloated anymore. Even when I sport I have much more energy then before. Now after 2 months the results is even better then I could ever wish for and Im not finished yet. I love my new lifestyle :)) Thank you Natalie Jill

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 17:53h, 25 June

      That is AWESOME Wendy!! Sooooo happy for you!! You are doing it the healthy and lasting way…and it is paying off for sure. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Brandi
    Posted at 05:02h, 26 August

    How can I get the jump start program?

  • kasey
    Posted at 21:06h, 26 September

    I am trying to get better with what I eat and stay away from processed foods but it is hard because I am so busy and also don’t know foods to eat. Could you give an example of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals that you typically eat? Thanks!

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 08:44h, 29 September

      You can go through my facebook and instragram pages to see a lot of meals/foods that I eat. If you want to take all the guesswork out of it, learn how to eat properly, and get a program that works, then I would check out the 7-day jump start.

  • Jane
    Posted at 09:13h, 30 January

    I have a loose roll of fat at the very lower part of my abdomen just above the front of each of my thighs. My stomach is not flat but not poking out much either. This makes wearing bathing suits and pants without a long shirt a problem for me. I have not always had this problem. Only in the last 5 years or so. It’s as though gravity made that area drop! I’ve been told there is no exercise or surgery for this. What to do? Will loosing weight help? I’m 5’5″ and weigh 150 lbs.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 12:40h, 02 February

      YES, losing weight will help you! If you exercise and tone your muscles, and drop body fat, you WILL make the area look a LOT better. If you are looking for a quality program to help with that, check out the jump start bundle: I hope this helps!

  • Amy
    Posted at 16:53h, 22 February

    How dO you correct the pelvic tilt you mention.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 11:06h, 26 February

      You need to work on getting your glutes and hamstrings firing. When standing, clench your glutes. Do lots of floor bridges as well. Those are some basic things to do! There is a whole 45 minute video series about this as a Bonus in my Mind Body Academy. I hope this helps!

  • Pink
    Posted at 11:03h, 01 March

    Hi Natalie thanks for the wonderful tips. I am struggling to achieve a tight/hard stomach. I went from 32% to 23% body fat with high intensity circuit training, weights and eating right. My stomach is flat, my waist is 24” but it still jiggles when I dance. I am trying to decide if I need to loose more fat (up the cardio) or strengthen my core with ab exercises. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks. And I weight 106 lbs at 4’11”.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 22:49h, 01 March

      Hi Pink… Great job going from 32 to 23% bodyfat! Just keep going! I know you are small, but if things are still jiggling, then you still have fat to burn. Keep the nutrition and strength training dialed in…and don’t fall for the ‘more cardio’ as the answer, because it isn’t. Keep doing strength training with intensity and really focus on your nutrition and you WILL get there!

  • Pink
    Posted at 01:21h, 02 March

    Thank you so much Natalie, would you recommend being in calories deficit?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 09:06h, 03 March

      Not permanently…but if you have bodyfat to lose, then yes, you will need to be at a slight deficit to burn body fat. Do NOT go overboard with this, the body doesn’t work that way. People will drastically reduce calories and then cause metabolic issues. NEVER go below 1200 calories per day. I hope this helps.

  • Pink
    Posted at 22:38h, 03 March

    Thanks a lot! ….you are so helpful

  • Donna
    Posted at 20:35h, 14 March

    Hi Natalie, First of all, Thank you for all the info that you post. You’re such an inspiration.
    Do you believe that cleanse days are necessary? I attempted the 9 day Isagenix cleanse but I did eat (very small amount) at night for dinner and absolutely no food at all during the night and day. I was told I should have quit the cleanse as soon as I ate the food so I really felt like I failed. I wanted to do the cleanse but I was very stressed about it especially the first cleanse day. Day 2 was better then I found out I pretty much blew it so that was disappointing especially that with only about 400 calories in 58 hrs.
    Also, I would like to know if you can recommend a clean protein bar for on the go?

  • dawn
    Posted at 07:39h, 28 March

    I have a back full of titanium and exercising is challenging for me to say the least is their core exercises you can recommend for those of us core challenged?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 12:52h, 28 March

      Hi Dawn. You just have to do what you can and start basic and progress. Work with your doctor or medical professional. I’m not a doctor, and there is just no way that I can know what somebody can or can’t do as there are soooo many different types of back injuries. Just have to listen to your body and do what you can, getting better every day. Even just sitting and standing keeping your core tight will help tremendously!

  • Daniela
    Posted at 07:40h, 28 March

    Hello Natalie, I would like to know what kind of workout can I do if I have diastasis recti?

  • Melissa
    Posted at 09:51h, 31 March

    I have horrible love handles that never go away no matter how skinny or fit I am. I have heard that even targeting certain areas of the body with exercises won’t work for “genetic” fat. Is this true? I would love to not have an inner tube anymore!

  • Carrie
    Posted at 16:19h, 26 April

    Along with abs what tips do you have for abs and booty?!

  • Susan Garrick
    Posted at 12:04h, 05 May

    Looking to lose weight need help to do it tho and I seen ur add on fb

  • Di
    Posted at 14:34h, 16 June

    Hi Natlie! I was wondering how to get a personal consult with you. Do you do that? I’m a mother of an almost 1-year-old. Working towards pre-pregnancy weight using cardio and strength training. Only got about 20 minutes for daily workouts. Got about 7 pounds to go but I feel like I look like it’s more like 20. All I see when I look in the mirror is a big belly. I’ve never seen my abs before but am determined to get a glimpse of them. I’ve been really trying to eat super clean. Not sure what else to do.. Help!

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 16:56h, 16 June

      I used to do them, but I have been so busy lately, I just haven’t had time. That said, for what you describe, I would start with the jump start nutrition plan and combine that with 20 minutes a day from Rev-4 or above workouts – I would start there, and do that consistently for a few weeks. You should definitely notice a difference after doing that. Let me know how that goes!

  • Lintha
    Posted at 10:22h, 25 June

    Hi Natalie,
    I am a working mom… And because of my tome constraints I have become from very active to totally sedentary.. Post pregnancy I have developed a belly die to which I have been having problems wth my back.So i decided to start working out along side clean eating.. Right now the workout I can manage with the time I have is a 20 min on the elliptical trainer and a plank..
    I jus have two questions
    1) If I had to rely on the plank exercise alone would it be effective to get rid of the belly fat??
    2) I can hold the plank for about a minute. How many times do I have to do the plank exercise in a day for the exercise to be really effective and shredding the abs?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 18:50h, 06 July

      Planks are great…but just one part of the ‘getting abs’ equation. Your nutrition will be key. I would combine the jump start nutrition program ( with my 10 minute body weight workouts. I would start with Rev-4, but I also think you will like the advanced and abs workouts as well.

  • Christie
    Posted at 13:57h, 03 July

    I have diastis recti. What excersises can I do to fix this and what’s the average time to fix this month’s, years? Also how often should I excersise and how long each day. The ones I’ve been doing are 10 min every other day and they don’t seem to be working. I look like I’m 5 months pregnant :/ please help

  • Darcie
    Posted at 18:32h, 08 July

    Hi Natalie,
    I don’t really need to lose much weight, but I want to lose at least 10 pounds. I would LOVE to “muscle up”. Nothing dramatic, but I just turned 43 yesterday and I need help in the eating better department!! What programs of yours do you recommend? I’m not a big fan of cardio workouts. But willing to do anything you recommend. Thanks for being such an inspiration to women 🙂

  • Debbie
    Posted at 11:15h, 18 July

    I am 48 and I exercise daily. I am currently on level 3 of 30 day shred. I feel that I eat sensibly. I am 5’2 and at this point in my life cannot seem to get under 125lbs. My target is probably about 117 – 119. The strange thing is when I get up in the morning I look at my belly and am very happy with what I see, then I do as much as drink a glass of water or have a small snack and poof, no more flat tummy! Litterally I could almost be a before and after poster! What is that all about? I don’t remember being that way when I was younger…
    Thank you,

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 17:09h, 27 July

      I hear ya Debbie! The closer you get to your goal, the more you have to keep things dialed in. As far as the expanding stomach, that is very common. That is where things like posture, and keeping your core tight can help. Along those lines, some of it can just be skin. You might like this video

  • Angela
    Posted at 20:21h, 31 July

    Hello, I had a few questions about the 7 day jump start on weather it is for me or not. I am not looking to really loose much weight at all. I’m 5ft 98lbs. But I am looking to tone my body and tighten my abs so you don’t see the loose skin as much from my two pregnancies. most of all I need/want more energy I feel sluggish a lot. Do you think this program would be good for me? I’m happy that I saw that it was gluten free because I have to eat that way and most work out plans are not. But I also have some sort of dairy allergy so the only thing dairy wise that I have would be eggs. Would the meals ect in this plan work for me? I would hate to order it and have to alter all of it.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 15:43h, 06 August

      Hi Angela! The program is designed to be a LIFESTYLE program, so altering it is perfectly ok! I think the program would be good for you, as it will get you feeling better and more energetic to start, then start toning your body. Make sure you are doing some strength training with it to maximize your results and help tone your body.

  • rcook
    Posted at 13:41h, 05 August

    I just started the 7 day Jump Start last week and LOVE IT!!!!! It took commitment at first to get in all those veggies but I LOVE eating this way. Is there a way to find others on this program for support/motivation?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 15:41h, 06 August

      Love it Rana!! Keep me posted on your SUCCESS!

  • Andrea Mortenson
    Posted at 20:35h, 25 August

    Hi Natalie Jill….

    Congratulations on your wedding, the video is beautiful as you are.

    Once suggestion I have, on the monthly exercise calendar, is it possible to get a link behind each exercise each day that leads to your you tube video instead of having to search for it? This is a simple process and if you or your staff need help in doing it I can show you……

    It is difficult to flop back and forth between the calendar and then you tube to search for it, especially on an ipad. Thanks so very much…. Love what you do… I am finishing day 3 of the 7 day jumpstart.


    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 11:47h, 28 August

      Thank you so much Andrea! I believe there is an issue in the way we deliver the PDF with doing this. I have passed your comment along to my team to re-visit this as I AGREE it would be a lot easier for people to follow along if we implement this. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Gloria
    Posted at 09:09h, 26 September

    Hi Natalie, when i do leg raises for lower abs, my back always wants to get off the floor, making it very hard to do them correcty. What can I do for them to work or make them easier without forcing m y back?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 09:59h, 26 September

      Don’t go as low with the leg raises and focus on keeping your back ‘imprinted’ on the ground as much as possible. I hope this helps!

      • Gloria
        Posted at 15:15h, 26 September

        Ok! thanks a lot, I will try it that way from now on. Cheers Natalie!

  • Carla Gomez
    Posted at 14:32h, 02 October

    I’ve have had two hernia surgery on my stomach. I try to do abs exercise but can’t do them for a long time. Can you recommend some or some ideas for help. This is my biggest problem area.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 23:22h, 02 October

      Hi Carla, Once your doctor gives you the OK to workout again, just start slowly and work your way up. It will be hard at first, but you are going to have to retrain those muscles. It will just take consistency and time, but you can do it! You might like to start with the beginner or award winning Rev-4 workouts here

  • Melinda S.
    Posted at 13:29h, 25 October

    I had lost 120 lbs then put back 8 in muscle. Still dealing with loose skin issues. Workout 4 to 5 days a week with Weights, Bootcamp, Yoga & cardio. Diet in 1200 to 1600 a day. Trying to loose that last 10lbs. Still have about an inch or two to go on the stomach. 5 ft 9- 160lbs. 23% Body fat. Please help! This has been a two year project.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 20:51h, 25 October

      That is great Melinda! Just have to stay consistent to lose that last 10 pounds. You are doing yourself a disservice by eating close to 1200 calories per day, especially with your activity level. You need to be at a minimum of 1500 per day with your activity level. Focus on strength training and keep your protein intake up. You got this!

  • Daphne
    Posted at 21:35h, 03 December

    Good Evening Natalie
    I love your videos and all the things you do. I have your video and need help getting motivated. I am 40 a single mother of 3 and work two jobs. I wake up at 5 am and go to bed at 1 am. I weigh 142 and am 5’5. I want to get down to 130-135. I know it is not a lot of weight to lose but my stomach is my problem area. I feel there are no roll just looks bloated or like I am a couple months pregnant. I eat way better than I use to. I have cut out all processed food and fast foods. I would like to have the 6 pack like I did when I was 25 lol. I also like my butt and don’t want to lose any of it just tone it. Can you give me advise?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 14:19h, 05 December

      Sounds like you are close Daphne! You probably don’t want to hear it, but the results you are looking for are in your nutrition. Cutting out junk and fast food is a good start, but if you really want that flat stomach again in your 40’s, have to dial it in! This is basically how I eat and have for years

  • Swetha
    Posted at 22:25h, 03 December

    Hi Natalie,
    I’m 28yr old and I have hashimotoes, I’m trying loose weight but I’m not.. What is the best way for me.. I do workout daily and also trying to eat healthy.
    Can you help me with this !

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 14:21h, 05 December

      You have to COMMIT to eating healthy! So many people say they are ‘trying’ to eat healthy, but that usually means they aren’t. Especially with hashimotos, you will have to pay more attention to it. I would start by eating like the jump start, it has helped a lot of others with auto-immune and hashimotos.

  • sobitha
    Posted at 00:21h, 07 December

    Hi Natalie,
    I am a big big fan of yours. I have known you from youtube videos. Read your story from this website, really inspiring.
    Kudos to you !!
    Natalie my main focus is 6 pack ab, butt and triceps.
    I have been really trying hard for them. I find plank a bit challenging though. I am unable to get rid of my lower belly pooch. I follow Indian diet so cannot completely get rid of carbs. Please do let me know the most effective videos of yours out of many for belly pooch, butt lift and tricepts.
    Also do let me know what you think of Oats for dinner.
    One last question, do you have any workout videos for men?
    So that I can ask my husband to follow for belly.
    Thanks Nataile.
    Have a great day. .

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 16:14h, 11 December

      The most effective video would be Rev4. The beauty of my videos is that they can be done by men and women. As far as oats for dinner goes, is that all you are eating? I normally say 2 starchy carbs per day. You need to be eating protein and healthy fat with it. I hope this helps.

  • sobitha
    Posted at 00:27h, 07 December

    Hi Nataile ,
    I jus forgot to mention I am 27 year old and I have Hypo Thyroid and I consume medication of 50mcg.
    Can you suggest any diet or exercise which can help me to control my Thyroid levels and h help me get rid of medication?
    I am a vegetarian.
    one last thing do standing and working on a desk job all day helps to burn calories?
    Thanks Natalie. I know tats a lot of questions.
    Really awaiting your reply.

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 16:11h, 11 December

      Hi Sobitha. Quick ones first, yes, standing burns more calories and it is a lot healthier. I would totally recommend the jump start for you, then I read you were vegetarian. The issue there, is that the vegetarian lifestyle is very ‘carb heavy’ and it is harder to get quality protein without all the added carbs. It can be done, but it takes a lot more work. I would get the jump start program, and then message support and they can help you with the vegetarian part. I hope this helps.

  • Paula
    Posted at 13:15h, 28 December

    Hia Natalie
    Im 46 and i cant get rid of the dreaded pooch belly.its not bloat or anything,its just a lump sitting very slim everywhere else.for the past year iv been lifting weights and its gone down a tiny bit but i seem to have come to a standstill.I started to also do your ab excercises on the floor but nothing seems to shift it.I also eat healthy…help what can I do!!! *feeling desperate*

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 20:52h, 28 December

      Have you had a child Paula? It could be skin? You might enjoy the video here If it isn’t skin, and it isn’t going away, I would look at your nutrition. There is a difference between eating healthy, and eating healthy so that you can have abs. Have to do the little things right at that point. Look at the jump starts for how I eat. I hope this helps!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 19:35h, 02 January

    On the workout calendar do I do all three videos everyday or pick one per day?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 10:57h, 07 January

      Do them all if you can! Some people do all the videos 2-3 times as they get stronger and progress. You can do it!!

  • Laura
    Posted at 23:55h, 11 January

    I love to workout out so I can eat whatever I want , but not to much but yet i still don’t have a flat belly …I do a lot of HIIT workouts at school but I get really hungy at night and eat away…one of my teachers in fitness told me to not eat after eight which I have tried but I get a really bad stomach aches so I’m on and off with the advice from my teacher so I do not know , and yes I’m confused with all the information.

  • tejuvin
    Posted at 00:30h, 19 January

    I feel my 6pack is developed, its very obvious to me when I touch it… The problem I have is, fats isn’t making ’em visible. Its minimal at my upper abdominal area, but in my lower abdomen, its very serious. I’m 21year 178lb, 6feet+ wha’ do I do?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 11:28h, 21 January

      That is VERY common. Doesn’t matter where the last bit of fat hides on your body, it is a matter of staying consistent and dialing all the LITTLE things. You just have to keep going, and you have to dial in all the ‘little things’. The LAST bit of fat is the hardest to get off because you have to do things right!

  • Toby
    Posted at 21:11h, 02 February

    I am a male and 15 years old 5’6 and 145 pounds
    Is this a good weight for me
    What should I be looking at to measure my progress to achieveing abs and what is the quickest way to do so
    If I were to follow a workout plan Amma diet correctly how long do you think it will take
    Thanks so much☺

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 19:08h, 26 February

      At 15, you just need to focus on eating healthy so that your body can grow and be healthy. If you start too soon at trying to be ‘ripped’ you are going to miss out on growing and adding the lean muscle to your frame.

  • Laura Montana
    Posted at 20:25h, 29 June

    Hi Natalie
    I am a 53 year old woman and consider myself fit and healthy. I started doing Zumba 4 years ago and have added weight training to my fitness regime. I went from a size 8 to a size 2. I am 5’5 and weigh 118 lbs. I was never overweight and people can’t believe I’ve had 3 c-sections. My stomach is very flat but the issue is the wrinkling around my belly button. I can feel my abs and can actually see them a bit but can’t seem to get them pumped up enough. I had my annual gyno check up today and my doctor told me that it wouldn’t hurt for me to gain a couple of pounds. I often wonder if I’m too thin for my age and that is what is causing the wrinkling in my belly button area! I do some pretty heavy weight sessions a few times a week along with Zumba classes and other cardio routines. Any advice to get to the next level would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 22:20h, 29 June

      Sounds like you are doing GREAT Laura! Keep up the strength training, and up the protein and healthy fats. Protein is so important for women, especially as they age. As far as the skin goes, some of that is perfectly normal. Here is my skin and this should help you a bit…

  • aayush
    Posted at 19:27h, 17 July

    Is it possible i can have abbs without running and jumping
    Bcz I’m having knee problem so i cannot run or ump

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 22:11h, 20 July

      Yes you can. Focus on more strength training, and dial in your nutrition.

  • ayush
    Posted at 20:42h, 17 July

    Mam I just read your article and i must say it’s really awesome the info you provide above its just mind blowing i have a ques
    I have a got damaged ligament so i cant run or jump and i want to reduce weight and abs too could i get those without doing cardio.

  • soni
    Posted at 08:27h, 01 August

    Hey can u tell me, is it imp to have protein shakes to get abs?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 09:29h, 01 August

      It is important to lose the body fat covering your abs, and protein is key in helping to do that. Protein helps you feel fuller longer, and it secretes a hormone that basically helps to govern insulin so you don’t have big spikes. So yes, protein is important. And if you can’t eat it, have a shake to drink it!

  • Halle Kearney
    Posted at 19:33h, 09 August

    Hi Natalie! I am a huge fan of your page / workouts. In this article when you mention your back pain and hip problems due to an anterior pelvic tilt, it felt like you were speaking my words exactly 🙁 I was a college athlete who tore both of my hips, and now have TONS of lower SI / sacrum issues. I keep throwing my back out (it freezes completely where I can’t walk for a few days, so I have to get it adjusted). I am now in physical therapy, but am looking to start a new training regime when I get back that does NOT include crunches / on my back type exercises – b/c I think you are exactly right – they worsen the pain / back issues.

    Do you have any posts about how you corrected your anterior pelvic tilt / hip issues? I know this is a common issue for women (and especially weak hips). I would LOVE to know what your training was like when you were dealing with that injury / instability. That would be SO incredibly helpful! Thanks for all of your great posts as always!

  • Camille
    Posted at 21:33h, 16 November

    Hi I was just wondering about this. What exercises can give me a big butt, big boobs, and a flat to six pack belly?

  • Keryn
    Posted at 21:54h, 19 December

    If i am already thin can i still get abs?

  • Estrella
    Posted at 10:52h, 08 July

    Hi Natalie,
    I just ordered your 7 stay jump start book and bought the rev 4 the 4 week jump start , your stay lean book, and the meal plan book. i AM SO EXCITED TO LOOSE WEIGHT. i am 226 5’8 and i just had a baby. your live videos on fb inspired me to get this program. ive never lost my thigh fat and always had big flappy arms. having a baby it just got worse. and hair loss omg. im looking forward to loosing weight with your support. just had 1 question… Can you please help me choose a protien shake? and what can you eat for late cravings? will i have to run alot to loose excess fat? ty

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 14:23h, 25 July

      That is GREAT to hear Estrella!! Sounds like you have the mindset and tools for SUCCESS!!! For protein options I like, go here:

      And no, you will not have to ‘run a lot’ to lose fat. Follow the Jump start and stay consistent! Keep me posted on your SUCCESS!! 🙂

  • Polly
    Posted at 22:52h, 20 August

    if i am already thin how long to get abs will it be?