Bikini season: two words that most women dread. While some of us may be upping our exercise routines as the sun heats up, personal trainer Ricardo Riskalla suggests that the secret to a tauter tummy is in avoiding these common mistakes.

1. Not drinking enough water

As simple as it sounds, lack of water can create water retention around the stomach. When you do not drink enough water, your body panics and begins to store the water.  Luckily there is an easy solution: drink more water! Try to drink at least three litres a day.

The secret to a flat stomach? Avoid these common mistakes

2. Doing too much cardio

It is easy to assume that cardio will help burn fat; however excess cardio will make you hungrier, and encourage you to consume more food than you generally would. The key to weight loss around the stomach is not in the cardio, it is all in the diet.

The secret to a flat stomach? Avoid these common mistakes

3. Having unrealistic expectations

Everyone's body is different.  Every client I have comes to me with a list of people they want to look like, however we need to realise that we are all unique. Of course, improvements to tone and body shape can be made with exercise and diet, but they need to be realistic. Most importantly, always think long-term when it comes to training; do not expect to see a 6-pack in two days.

The secret to a flat stomach? Avoid these common mistakes

4. Not doing enough core work

Of course diet is important in improving the area around the waist, but working out your core is key. You do not need fancy equipment, you just need time and determination. Try 500 crunches, 3 minute planks and side planks, 100 push-ups. Yes it will hurt, but no pain, no gain. 

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The secret to a flat stomach? Avoid these common mistakes