Belly fat! It’s SO easy to put on – especially after you’ve had a baby – but many mums on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge also agree it’s so hard to get rid of!
Stomach fat is linked to so many health problems and it is something you should not ignore. But why is it so hard to lose belly fat?
Experts agree that areas like the hips, thighs and belly contain more beta cells, which makes insulin but the good news is, you don’t have to live with a muffin top forever!
There are heaps of options when it comes to blasting stomach sag – and you don’t have to go on a hardcore diet or spend hours in the gym…
8 EASY ways to lose belly fat without going on a diet or blitzing it at the gym
1. Portion control
Portion control is one of the most important factors in weight loss, weight maintenance and weight gain, especially when you are trying to lose weight.
If you eat just the right amount of food, you’ll strike a balance and you’ll be able to lose weight, especially around your stomach.
2. Chew your food slowly
Many of us tend to scoff our food when we’re in a hurry or starving. But scientists have found surprising health benefits of chewing your food!
When you swallow lots of air when you’re eating, this can lead to that stuffed feeling and may cause your stomach to swell. Savour your food and chew slowly to prevent this, and this can also help you eat smaller portions.
3. Drink lots of water
Fizzy soft drinks and sparkling mineral waters can cause your tummy to puff out, due to those bubbles of carbon dioxide.
Soft drinks have little nutritional value so try to wean yourself off them and opt for water or green tea as your main drink choices.
What’s more, your body may actually be thirsty not hungry and you’re mistaking the ‘water pangs’ for ‘hunger pangs’. This will also help to keep the bloating down and boost your metabolism.
4. Get enough sleep
If you are struggling to lose weight, especially around your waist, it might be time to look at your sleep patterns.
If you’re sleep-deprived, we know you’re potentially more emotionally fragile, so you’re more likely to make impulsive food and drink choices.
Many studies have found that insufficient sleep (be it poor sleep quality or short sleep duration) is related to significantly worse long-term health outcomes, including higher incidence and prevalence of diabetes, increased prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and poorer mental health outcomes.
5. Keep stress levels down
Stress can also often lead to weight gain and women often tend to store more fat around their tummies when they are feeling stressed.
One of the causes for obesity today is the lack of home cooked freshly prepared meals. People believe they are too stressed to cook and do not have enough time. They opt for takeaway meals which are convenient for time but not convenient for your waistline nor your hip pocket.
The Healthy Mummy app has a HEAP of meditations to help you unwind.
6. Work on your posture control
A poor posture can lead to weight creeping on around your tummy! Those with a good posture, whether they are working at a desk or walking may be helping to engage their stomach and abdominal muscles and tone their tummy.
7. Eating better foods
Rich, fatty and salty foods like fast food are never beneficial when losing weight. But even certain HEALTHY foods like apples, broccoli and beans are known to cause bloating so with these, it’s best to have smaller portions and eat them with other foods.
But the good news is that there are certain foods that can help! Foods like bananas, avocados, asparagus, ginger and yoghurt with probiotics are great anti-bloat foods – though too much dairy can make it worse.
8. Ditch the alcohol
Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy-based drinks and beer make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and puts extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins.
This extra pressure on your liver can make it very hard to build muscle which is key to losing belly fat.
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