I think we all have the same issue when we are buying jeans. It reminds us of that pesky belly fat which sits around our stomach. After all, it’s never a good look when it’s hanging over our jeans. But although it’s not good for vanity reasons, excess abdominal fat is also dangerous for your health. Belly fat surrounds your internal organs and releases compounds which can put you at risk of heart disease and diabetes. And although there can be some reasons out of our control for belly fat (getting older and hormone changes), it is often down to us! Therefore, it’s so important to work on getting rid of your pesky belly fat. Here is some top advice to say goodbye to that annoying belly fat for good.
You need to cut out processed food
It’s so important to make sure you are cutting back on your consumption of processed food. After all, when you are eating processed food, it stores in your gut and stops you from losing belly fat. Breakfast cereals, tinned vegetables, and crisps are just a few that you need to avoid. Instead, you should head down the aisle at the grocery store and pick up fruit, vegetables, and wholegrain foods. As this feature explains, these contain anti-inflammatory properties which prevent belly fat.
Don’t leave yourself feeling peckish
A lot of people go wrong when trying to lose their belly fat by cutting back on food. Of course, it’s important to eat less when you want to lose weight. But you are more likely to snack as you will feel peckish in between meals. And as you know, snacks such as crisps and chocolates will cause your belly fat to increase. Therefore, you should eat small meals throughout the day to stop you snacking. You may also want to look into over the counter weight loss supplements which are great for appetite suppression. That way, you will be less likely to pick during the day!
Start doing some yoga
Yoga is an excellent way to target belly fat. After all, there are specific poses such as downward dog which can help you to cut that fat. And studies have found that women who did yoga for 16 weeks found reductions in fat. As well as the poses being good to target belly fat, the fact you are de-stressing helps too. After all, stress hormones are linked to belly fat, so you need to relax your body!
Up your cardio and strength training
Although you don’t need to head to the gym, doing some form of cardio is essential to lose that pesky belly fat. Swimming, jogging, or hiking are perfect for significant weight loss. As this article says, 250 minutes of these a week will soon lead to excellent results. And it’s not just cardio you need to do; strength training is a must. Building muscle will boost your metabolism and help you to lose weight. Therefore, find a strength-training program that you can do twice a week, alongside your cardio, to notice a difference!
And you can’t use winter as an excuse to stop exercising. You can read our previous blog for ideas to stay in shape during the winter months!