Say cheese! Adding some extra calcium to your diet could be the key to getting that flat stomach you’ve been dreaming about. Over just 12 months, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville found that obese female study subjects who upped their calcium intake shed 11 pounds of body fat without other major dietary modifications. To keep your calcium choices healthy, try mixing it up between dairy sources, calcium-rich leafy greens, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds.
Want to lose that belly fat? In your dreams! Seriously, though: a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to get rid of that extra fat around your waist for good. Among the 60,000 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study, those who snoozed for fewer than five hours a night were at the greatest risk of becoming obese and gaining 30 or more pounds over the course of the 16-year study period when compared to those who slept for seven or more hours.
Drinking excess alcohol can cause you to gain belly fat — the beer belly. However, beer alone isn’t to blame. Drinking too much alcohol of any kind can increase belly fat, because alcohol contains calories. Although some research suggests wine might be an exception, if you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
Nonstarchy vegetables: Because vegetables fill you up without filling you out, they’re really the backbone to any healthy eating plan. They’re also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties to continue to banish belly fat for life. Even when you reach your goal weight, aim to have a minimum of four servings of nonstarchy vegetables every single day.
“Royal Pains,” you never looked so good as you do at midnight. But get your beauty sleep, says Hayim. “Research consistently shows an association between short sleep duration and being overweight. Most recently, a 2014 study demonstrated that low sleep duration went hand in hand with high body mass index, a ratio measure of height-to-weight.” Instead of Netflix-ing all night, find out 30 Things to Do 30 Minutes Before Bed to Lose Weight.
Many people turn to steady-state cardio workouts, like long jogs, when trying to slim down. The problem with this approach: A 45-minute run at a consistent pace may help you shed pounds at first, but soon your metabolism will adjust and you’ll stop burning calories the moment you hop off the treadmill.
Time and time again, we are spinning our wheels trying to change our exercise program in an attempt to get rid of the belly fat, when in reality it is the diet program that needs to be manipulated and experimented with the most. Despite claims we are “eating right,” many times we don’t realize that if we are not getting the results in fat loss, then no matter how good we are eating, it is not good enough. Your metabolic formula is different from everyone else, and you need to stop being the dieter and start being the fat loss detective. Remember: Diet is the most crucial element in body change and fat loss. Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.
Fat melts off like crazy—and stays off. Quite frankly, that’s good for more than just looks. Belly fat around your middle carries a greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, even cancer. It could be your lifesaver!
“I can’t do this. I can’t face another diet.” My friend Kimberly was making yet another series of desperate New Year’s resolutions. “Every year, I starve myself for months, I lose maybe 5 pounds, and by springtime it all comes back,” she complained. “What’s the point? I’m just destined to be overweight.”
Sometimes you exercise adequately and adopt a host of natural remedies to lose belly fat but still you can’t. If that’s what happening with you, you need to analyze your lifestyle and make some small changes. These changes are very small but may need a while to convert into a habit. If you really want to get rid of your abdominal fat, you better start bringing these lifestyle changes from now itself.
Are you about to have your fifth hummus and sprouts sammie of the week? “Many women eat the same breakfasts, lunches, and dinners repeatedly. Eating the same foods over and over lowers your metabolic rate and prevents probiotic diversity,” Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, MD, also known as “Dr.Taz,” a weight loss expert and author of What Doctors Eat and The 21-Day Belly Fix. “Food diversity improves your metabolic rate since your gastrointestinal system is challenged by change and given a new set of probiotics with each new food.”
The irony of me reading this around the holidays, when I am eating about 4 times my weight in food, is not lost on me. And diet books start looking all the (and I think I pretty much know all that I need to about how the body works and how it burns calories!) However, this focuses on ways to lose belly weight specifically, and it had some interesting notes. Most interestingly, it explains you need to eat Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) at every meal: healthy oils, dark chocolate, nuts, …more
High-volume, low-calorie greens will fill you up, without filling you out. Test panelist Kyle Cambridge says regular salads turbocharged his success: “My wife Stacie and I decided to add salad to each meal, and the pounds started melting off.” Kyle lost 25 pounds and four inches in just six weeks on the program. “I even had to buy a new belt!” he said. “But the best was when Stacie came up to me in the kitchen, and gave me a hug. She laughed and smiled and said ‘I can wrap my hands around you again.’”