The old adage, “Abs are made in the gym but revealed in the kitchen” is a fact! In order to lose belly fat, you should commit yourself to healthy eating habits as well as a regular exercise program. If you’re trying to lose belly fat, here are 4 key guidelines to help you succeed.
1. Avoid Fatty, Processed, and Salty Foods
The junkiest foods are the ones most likely to go straight to our bellies! If you’re trying to reduce your waistline, reduce the amount of junk food that you eat. Processed snacks, whether salty or sweet, contain lots of fat, sodium, and chemicals that cause your blood sugar levels to spike. When that happens, your body releases insulin to compensate, which puts you at the highest risk for adding more weight to your midsection.
Instead, focus your meals your a balance of healthy foods that include lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta or brown rice. For snacks, much on fresh fruit, raw veggies, or raw nuts, which contain the best kind of fat. Remember, eating GOOD fat is important to losing weight!
2. Step up your Cardio Workout
Most of us think that we need to do tons of sit-ups or stomach crunches to lose belly fat. Those exercises are great for developing your abdominal muscles, but if you have belly fat, no one will ever be able to see the six-pack you got from all that ab work! The best way, hands down, to burn belly fat is to increase your cardio workout. If you aren’t already exercising, begin with a low-impact cardio workout like swimming or brisk walking. If you’re already exercising regularly, try increasing either the number of times you work out each week, increasing the length of your workout (go from 30 minutes to 40 minutes), or increase the intensity (do 10 minutes of jogging and 20 minutes of walking, instead of 30 minutes of walking.)
3. Drink Lots of Water
Our bodies are mostly water, and all of our body’s processes require water to work properly. If you don’t drink enough water, your body can mix up signals, making you think you’re hungry when really you’re just dehydrated. Drinking water also increases your metabolism, aids your digestion, and helps you avoid sugary sodas or juice. And no, diet soda isn’t the same thing! Even though diet soda doesn’t have calories, it’s still full of chemicals, artificial colors, and caffeine. There’s also initial research that shows that diet sodas cause people to eat more calories in their meals and snacks. So do yourself a favor and stick with the liquid we were designed to drink – water.
4. Add Weight Training for your Lower Body
The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns at rest. This is especially true for the largest muscles, most of which exist in your legs. So the simple addition of some lower body weight training can help you burn fat from your midsection, as well as giving you more toned legs! Increasing the size of the large muscles in your thighs mean you even born more calories while sleeping.
5. Avoid Alcohol
Beer and liquor are two other common culprits that cause us to gain weight around the middle, and help prevent us from losing it, even when we’re eating well and exercising otherwise. Alcohol itself can have lots of calories, and a mixed drink made of liquor and fruit juice can have an extremely high calorie count. There’s also little nutritional value in alcohol, and the depressive effects of alcohol also lower your metabolism.
Following these 5 tips are a great way to jump-start your belly fat weight loss. Consistency is key, so get started as soon as possible and do your best to stick to your plan. If you implement these five suggestions, you will have the best chance possible at losing the fat around your midsection. Weight loss takes time, so don’t get frustrated after a couple of days. Stick with it and you’ll succeed.