Why Your Stomach Isn't Flat! Part 2: Are Abs Made in the Kitchen?

March 16, 2016


  I’m Back! …


We recently explored one of the many reasons why you and I don’t have a flat stomach. Now, I know, from Zeus to every “fitness guru” on the planet there going to give me the old proverb “abs are made in the kitchen”. Now The question is, is that true? Of course there’s  some truth to it. If you eat at Popeye's everyday I wouldn’t expect you to have a flat stomach, let alone abs unless you have the metabolism of a superhero or…a crackhead.


Because even if you have a pretty steady fitness routine it’s almost impossible to burn off stomach fat, or so I’ve heard. Also, you can’t “spot exercise” your way to a flat stomach. So where does that leave us?

Let’s put it to the test. I’m going away in June. I haven’t had a flat stomach since… let’s just say it’s been some years. I want to see if this ” Abs are made in the kitchen” theory is true or if we’ve  been lied to our entire lives.

Here’s my plan: 

Over the next three months I will focus on making my ab(s) in the kitchen. 

I will eat better in addition to working out( Can’t get the ab(s) without a little sweat). 

*No shade but this is a waist trainer free experiment. Listen, I’m not looking to have a six-pack, I’m happy to have just one ab, or just lose a few inches.

My current stats:

  • Height: 5’2 3/4

  • Weight: 160 lbs

  • Measurements: 34- 35-44


 My workout schedule is pretty concrete (see below), mainly because I’m a runner and currently training for various races, two half marathons to be exact.


Monday - Run

Tuesday - Cross train

Wednesday - Run

Thursday - Cross Train & Run (Speed/Tempo/Hills)

Friday - Run (trail), Yoga

Saturday - Long Run (8 mile minimum)

Sunday - REST



Over the next 12 weeks (3 months), I’m going to film, document, and pen my fitness highs and lows while finding out all the reasons it’s difficult for people to make those “abs in the kitchen”.I’ll also test out a bunch of apps to help stay on track of this major lifestyle change. I’ll be posting weekly updates and pictures of my progress, along with what I ate, as well as my meal plans and what I could’ve done differently.


I’m on an 80/20 eating plan. This means that 80% of what I eat will be healthy and 20% will be treats or as some people like to call “cheat meals”. This in conjunction with my “rigorous” schedule will be a real challenge. But this is a complete lifestyle adjustment and I’m willing to a be lab rat for myself and the sake of fitness. With that being said, You’re welcome to take the journey with me. Feel free to tweet me, tag me in your Instagram post or snap chat me with questions and updates.

I’m also going to make this a bit more interesting. Every time I “fall off the wagon” I’m putting $10 in the bank. I encourage you to join in this. Why not get a flat tummy and save some money at the same time. While I’m sure this is going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, I’m excited to get started!.


FYI, I’m eating a cinnamon sugar donut as I type this. (Shout out to Dough donuts, best cinnamon sugar donuts I’ve ever had).


 Nia Raquelle is Brooklyn native, currently having a secret love affair with desserts while in a long term relationship with long distance running. 

Follow her antics on IGEatWithNia, SnapChat, GarminConnect – EatWithNia
And you can challenge her to a run on the Nike+ app – NiaRaquelle. She might beat you though. 



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