Belly fat. Ugh. If you’re like most people you’ve learned three things about belly fat. It’s easy to gain. It’s hard to lose. It’s dangerous for your health. You know that you can put on extra inches in your stomach without much effort. It can sneak up on you and before you know it none of your jeans fit anymore. That stupid dryer!! Why does it keep shrinking your clothes!
It’s easy to gain. It’s hard to lose. It’s dangerous for your health.
You know better, though. The clothes aren’t shrinking; your belly is expanding.
But how do you stop this trend and turn it around?
Here are a few tips to start losing that belly fat and improve your health.
1. Watch what you drink. Drinking soda can add hundreds of calories to your diet every day. Once you’re in the habit of drinking a soda for lunch, another one to fight the afternoon slump, and a few more in the evening while you watch television; you don’t even notice what you’re doing. Stop. What should you drink? Water. That’s right. Juice is still high in sugar, many teas still have a lot of caffeine. You can drink some non-caffeinated herbal teas and some juice but even healthy drinks should be occasional compared to your intake of water. Concentrate on getting your eight glasses of water a day and you won’t be thirsty all the time. Keep a bottle of water on your desk, in your car, and sitting by your chair while you’re watching television. When it’s handy, you’ll drink more water and won’t crave other drinks.
2. Eliminate the option of fast food. Don’t let yourself even consider going to a drive through. Have your plan for dinner already made in advance. Go straight home from work. Have a bag of nuts or dried fruit in the glove compartment of the car to fight the munchies when you’re out running errands.
3. Move, move, move. Get up off the couch and start walking or riding your bicycle. Join a class or start swimming two or three times a week. Diet is the most important step in losing stomach fat, but exercise is important, also.
4. Eat the right foods to feel full. Don’t starve yourself! Forget what you’ve been told about eating a low fat diet. Check out some diets that work.
5. Set short, as well as long term, weight loss goals. Reward yourself along the way.
6. Don’t fall for trendy diets or pills. For long-term, healthy weight loss you need to change your lifestyle. Don’t expect overnight success. Looking for the “magic pill” of weight loss will cost you a lot of time and money but it won’t help you meet your long-term goals. There really isn’t a shortcut to the best way to lose weight.
7. Eat small meals more often instead of three large meals. Plan for a few healthy snacks, also.
8. Slow down while you’re eating. Give yourself time to savor the taste of your food and to feel full.
9. Eat fats and proteins so you’ll feel full. Otherwise, you’ll constantly be hungry and tempted to binge.
10. Finally, don’t give up too quickly. Healthy weight loss is a process, not a quick fix. When you loss it quickly you’ll gain it back quickly. Take your time and loss the weight by changing to a healthier lifestyle.