Belly fat can be unsightly and embarrassing, especially if you diet or exercise religiously. The truth of the matter is that unless you are doing both consistently, you are not going to achieve the results you desire. With summer quickly approaching, you are probably trying to figure out the fastest way to get toned and sexy abs. Luckily, there is still time to have the body you want just in time for your first trip to the beach. These six tips can help you get rid of the belly fat and make you the center of attention for all the right reasons, no matter where you go this summer.
Enjoy Swimsuit Season by Losing Some Belly Fat
Increasing your crunches from 200 to 2000 isn't going to cut it. Yes, it will make your abdominal area tighter, but unless you pro-actively target your belly fat, those abs of steel will remain hidden under a layer of goo. Strength training has various benefits, not the least of which is it helps to burn fat. When you do strength training, your muscles begin to burn fat for fuel. The more fuel they need, the more fat they burn. So, instead of clocking another hour on the treadmill or doing crunches to exhaustion, do a little weight-lifting to increase the burn.
Eat More Fat-Burning Foods
If it's a flatter tummy you want, you need to make sure you are eating the right foods. Steer clear of fatty, fried or greasy foods, all of this is going to make a bee-line straight to your gut. Instead, indulge in foods that help promote fat loss. These include more green, leafy vegetables, beans (soy beans are an excellent choice), citrus fruits or other high-protein options. Another benefit to a healthier diet is that you are bound to lose weight as a result, and that too helps to minimize a big belly.
Try to Live Stress-Free
In today's world, this is probably easier said than done, but stress can make you fat. When you experience stress, the body produces a hormone chemical called cortisol. Cortisol offends on a variety of different levels; it causes an unexpected spike in your appetite and it increases the production of fat in your body. Can you guess where it sends this excess fat? You guessed it, around your belly area. If your home or work life is stressful, consider taking up yoga. This is a wonderful way to take care of your mind and body; it also does wonders for your flexibility and promotes weight loss as well.
Drink Enough Water
You've heard it before, and you're hearing it again. You need to drink enough water, a minimum of 3 liters daily. Water helps keep your organism in top form, and helps to flush out toxins that accumulate in the body. Just can't get a taste for water? No problem, squeeze some fresh lemon or orange into each glass. Now you're drinking water and eating more citrus- double win!
Get Enough Sleep
Your body needs sufficient rest. If you want your body to perform for you, then treat it right. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. A body that is tired is not performing at its best. Fatigue can lead to an imbalance and before you know it, you're reaching for a candy bar to get some "energy." Faulty thinking leads to faulty results.
Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
Alcoholic drinks are not your friend. If you want results, you need to cut back or eliminate alcohol altogether. Most drinks are either loaded with calories or sugar or both. Save the drinking for the beach!
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