If your flabby belly is getting in the way of you wearing pretty mid riff tops and low waisted jeans and you want a wash board stomach like a top athlete, then take a look at our easy to follow tips on how to lose your belly fat. We are not saying it won’t be painful and you won’t have to put some hard grafting in, but the results are well worth it. You’ll need to be motivated, disciplined and keep away from some of your favourite foods but if you are prepared to put in some hard work, your belly will be gone in no time! So if you want a flat belly and not a fat belly – read on!
1. Exercise Your Abs
The obvious way to lose weight around your belly is to exercise. Here are a couple to start you off.
Starting position: Lie on your back, with your knees bent, hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your head, keeping your elbows open to the ground. Movement: Breathe out and lift your torso, aiming your chin at your knees, then lower on your in-breath. Hold the ‘up’ position, and pulse your chest towards your knees five times, breathing out with every movement. Repeat 5 times.
Starting position: Lie on your back, with your knees bent, hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your head, keeping your elbows open to the ground. Movement: Breathe in, opening your chest and bringing your shoulder blades towards each other. Raise your chest as you breathe out, aiming your chin at your knees, then twist your chest to the right, then the left. Rest. Keeping your chest raised, pulse five times towards your knees, breathing out each time. Repeat 10 times.
2. Watch Your Diet
Losing weight around your belly it not just about what you eat or don’t eat. When and how often you eat is equally important. Eating small amounts and often will help your body burn more fat even when you rest. Swap salty sugary snacks for something more nutritious, such as fruit or nuts. Eat health snacks and drink juice rather than fizzy an empty low calorie drinks. Decrease your portion size and eat more often.
3. Stop Smoking & Drinking Alcohol
Put a lid on smoking and drinking alcohol if you want a flatter tummy. The toxins in cigarettes and alcoholic beverages have been scientifically proven to increase the natural stress reaction in your body and increases excess fat in the stomach areas. Not only is cutting smoking and alcohol out of your diet part of a better lifestyle, but it also helps you lose tummy fat by dropping down stress.
4. Take Enough Vitamins & Minerals
Make sure you getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals. There are lots of vitamins and mineral supplements on the market that experts claim will help you lose belly fat, but a better way to get these nutrients is through a healthy diet. Before starting any supplement that claims to reduce tummy fat, follow tip seven.
5. Check Your Hormone Levels
Hormones can have a great effect on belly fat. Hormones come in two varieties – stress hormones, and hormonal changes. Stress hormones can be addressed by following tip three. Hormonal changes also affect belly fat; as we age, for example hormones change when we go through the menopause and fat tends to concentrate around the stomach area. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help to combat some of these changes.
6. Go To Your Doctor
See Your doctor if your belly fat is troubling you. He can run tests, you may have a thyroid problem, for example and need hormone treatments. He or she can help you create a plan for a healthier lifestyle, as well as rule out any medical conditions for your weight issue. He/she may suggest joining a health club or gym or advise vitamin supplements. They are the best people to seek advise from.
7. Get Sufficient Sleep
Typically, when you are tired, you tend to feel like eating something. This can lead to overeating and developing a fat belly. Proper sleep at night would ensure that you stay active during the day, and you will burn off more fat by being energetic. By getting a proper nights rest you will feel more up to doing things during the day and not snack because you are bored or lackluster.