This is right up there with not thinking climate change is real; trust us, all the avocados aren’t conspiring together to get you to eat them. Simply put: Not getting enough healthy fat is no bueno for your waistline. “Research shows that dieters who ate foods containing monounsaturated fats like nuts and nut butters lost more belly fat than those who ate the same number of calories with less of the fats,” offers Bedwell.
Ingest more of the right type of carbs that can help when losing belly fat. A diet considered the best way to lose belly fat includes equal amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and a reduction of simple high-carb foods loaded with detrimental trans fats like fried foods, chips and cookies. It’s recommended to increase carbohydrate consumption slowly, however, since a diet featuring more than seventy percent carbs can lead to bloating (and the look of more belly fat).
Never be embarrassed for trying to better yourself. You could start out with a slow jog until you gain some confidence. You could also buy or go somewhere with an elliptical or treadmill. Just take it slow and be proud of yourself for making an effort.
Researchers have proved that those who sleep for just 6 hours a night gain 2 kg more than those who sleep for about 8 hours. If you’re a light sleeper, you run the risk of developing obesity to the tune of 27% more than normal sleepers.
Haven’t given it up Diane… actually eat about 3 cups per day currently. I go through “spurts” of diet changes. Right now I am training quite hard (weights, sprinting, etc) so my body really responds to elevated carb intake. Oatmeal is perfect for this for me. Probably not everyone, but for me personally I love the stuff.
If you are carrying a lot of excess weight, you should avoid high-impact exercises like running to prevent joint pain. Walking is one of the simplest but best forms of exercise. It also allows you to burn calories without getting too tired. It is also relaxing and can help you manage stress which causes belly fat and weight gain.
Lean protein (especially fish!): Aim to include a good source of lean protein, such as fish, chicken breast, or tofu, with every meal. Not only does protein provide a slight metabolism boost, but it also helps you feel satisfied for hours after eating.
Those farmers’ market stands sure are pretty, aren’t they? But are you actually buying the foods or just documenting the lovely colors? Buy the things, girl! “We need a minimum of five fruits or veggies each day to meet our nutritional needs,” Bedwell says. “Plus, all fruits and veggies are great flat-belly foods as most of them are 80-90 percent water. This means they are high in nutrients but low in calories. Not to mention, the fiber they contain helps you feel fuller longer, so you’ll lose weight without feeling hungry all the time!”
Next thing you know, fat sneaks up on the surface—subcutaneous fat—and wraps around your insides where you can’t see it, creating dangerous visceral fat. Ultimately, insulin resistance can set in, leading to diabetes and other health issues. So do you do?
Jog, if you’re already fit, or walk briskly at an incline on a treadmill if you’re not ready for jogging. Vigorous workouts on stationary bikes and elliptical or rowing machines are also effective, says Duke researcher Cris Slentz, PhD.
Hubs and I did this years ago when we put on some weight after marriage. It worked wonderfully! The 4-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart was hard as heck for both of us, and I dislike Cream of Wheat immensely, but it worked! And the best thing we liked about it is the meals are easy, simple and NOT depriving you of essential treats. I’m a chocoholic and switching to dark chocolate was no problem! We love nuts and seeds and avocados and oils. I have utilized the principles of this book since and always com …more
Boxing also gives you a cardio workout that burns extra calories. Add 16 minutes of boxing three times a week to your regular cardio routine (30 minutes at high intensity four to five times a week), and you can lose up to 2 inches from your waist in four weeks. Simply throw punches while holding 1- or 2-pound weights for 8 minutes, alternating arms, then repeat without weights at a faster pace for 8 more minutes.”