While Neena blamed pregnancy for the belly fat, there are many other factors that are all the more responsible. And some of these factors are related to a disorderly lifestyle. While this post is meant for all the people who have a belly that they think can accommodate a football, women, and especially moms may find frequent mentions in examples.
So, what is your ‘normal’ day like? Are you of those types who tread their weight-loss path carefully or of that kind who just yaks about losing weight but does not want to do much? If you are of the second type, this post might be quite useful to you.
While trying to lose weight, especially that stubborn fat around the belly, we tend to overlook our lifestyle. Often, we make mistakes that are hard to realize. Herein you will find it easy to forego mistakes that will make your belly fat vanish gradually. So, put on your seatbelts and get ready to know about Super Simple Lifestyle Changes that will make you get rid of excess belly fat in some days.
1. Fibre, Fiber, and Fiber it is
You might be dieting and controlling portions, however, one thing that becomes a barrier in losing fat is not enough of fibre in your food. Stock up on fibre and you will notice a difference. The role of fibre is to absorb all the water that you drink. This makes you feel fuller for a longer period. Make a chart of fiber-rich foods. Ensure that you consume these foods on a regular basis. Do not skip on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to get rid of your muffin top.
2. Bidding goodbye to Stress Can Really Help
If you are stressed about your weight just like Neena (mentioned in the example) is, then you might not be able to lose pounds at all. If you are wondering why then stress has been termed as one of the reasons for protruding bellies in the modern age. There are a set of people who tend to eat more when they are stressed. This is because stress increases their appetite and the food consumed finds its way to the belly. And sadly, the bigger your waist, the higher are the chances of stress-related binging. The easiest way out of this trap is to never let stress settle down in your mind. Indulge in hobbies, exercise regularly and stay happy.
3. The More Protein in Your Diet, the Better You Are
“Protein, Protein in my diet, make me the thinnest of all”! If only, the protein had ears. But it certainly has the capability to make you lose some pounds. Protein in your diet can actually make you feel fuller for a longer period. This curbs untimely hunger pangs and prevents you from snacking. Further, protein-rich diets reduce your appetite as well, which is again a win-win situation. That is the reason that gym-goers are asked to stock protein. This is because protein not only reduces belly fat but also increases your metabolism (quite important, eh). On top of that, protein does not make your body lose muscle mass as well. Wait, I am not done yet. Make sure that the protein you chose is of higher quality like nuts, dairy, whey protein, etc.
4. Are You Aware of the Monster ‘Trans Fat’
Before you leap to keep that packet of your favorite chips in your supermarket trolley, I want to tell you something. You need to learn to read the nutrition labels on packaged foods. Trans Fat is one of the biggest monsters that have been draining the effects of all the exercise that you have been doing for your beloved tummy. Further, you might even end up with heart ailments and inflammation by consuming foods laden with Trans Fat. Replace Trans Fat with monounsaturated fat and chance are that you might fit in your old denim. Psst! Trans Fat has another name as well – partially hydrogenated fats so that you know what to look for on packets.
5. Sugar, Sugar in My coffee, Please Let Me Be
If you want my advice, then stick a sticky note on your sugar container that exclaims ‘NO’ in capital letters. Sugar might be one of the reasons that your belly is not buzzing even after tons of sweat that you lose through exercise. This is because sugar that you consume pleases your tongue and teases your belly. Even after ‘notice to vacate’ by your tummy, the sugar refuses to leave it. So better beware of consuming sugar next time, especially the processed ones. Also, make sure that you are not consuming sugar by any other name like fructose, maltose, etc. on packaged foods.
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6. What?! Alcohol Leads to Weight Gain?
Yes, it certainly does. I hope you are not one of those who is replacing meals with alcohol just so that they can lose weight. Alcohol has a favorite corner of your body. It tends to settle down in your belly for good, just like a permanent tenant. No wonder that you were blaming your gym instructor for not helping you lose some inches around your waist.
7. One, Two, Three, Four, it’s Time to Hit the Floor
I agree that this post was meant to make you lose fat the easier way. But, I do not think that exercising is tough. It is quite easy and interesting if you chose the right workout at home. Play your favorite numbers and get ready to burn out the fat. One of the interesting cardio workouts is aerobics and it will support your ‘burn belly fat’ mission for sure.
8. Chew, Chew, Chew your Food
Even after consuming a high-protein diet and exercising regularly, if your belly fat does not want to give you a farewell, then chances are that the food that you are consuming is not being chewed properly. Chewing every morsel slowly and gradually lets you enjoy the food. People who eat faster gain weight quickly. Also, when you eat mindfully, then you tend to feel fuller for a longer period as well.
Read the post – Why chewing food properly is important for good health?
9. Let People Nickname You ‘Sleeping Beauty’
For this, you need to sleep more. And by more, I do not mean that you spend the greater part of your day dozing off. I just mean that sleep, weight, and stress are cousins. If you are stressed, you will not enjoy a good night’s sleep and resultantly, you will invite a bigger belly to be part of your life. Undisturbed sleep at regular intervals can help you lose some inches around your waist, claims some researchers.
10. Drink this and Enter into Bliss
And the bliss that I am talking about is fitting into that old waistcoat of yours. Three things that you need to drink regularly to get rid of excess abdominal fat – Water, Green Tea, and Apple Cider Vinegar. A glass of water regularly, a cup of green tea and a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar might change the way you look at your belly. Water keeps you hydrated and even prevents mindless snacking. Sometimes, what your body needs is water but your taste buds need a packet of wafers. So, listen to your body and keep drinking water. However, you should not drink fruit juices and sugary drinks to replenish the need for hydration in your body. They tend to make you gain weight. There are chances that you will smile every time you see the flatter version of your own self when you follow this advice.
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What More Can You Do!
Try fasting. There are several types of fasting that people observe to lose belly fat. You can fast for 12 – 16 hours daily. The other way round is to begin eating and finish it off at the same time regularly. Take, for example, you have breakfast at 8 in the morning then have your dinner at 8 in the night. You can try sleeping only after 2-3 hours of your last meal – this helps too. Further, you need to keep a track of everything that you eat and drink, meaning you maintain a food journal. This prevents cheating as well.
This Needs to Be Done All Together
You need to follow all the above points to get rid of abdominal fat. If you just diet and do not plan to exercise, then it will not help. If you drink water and also fruit juices, then chances are that your belly fat might want to stay with you for a longer period. Hence, change your entire lifestyle to bid farewell to your belly fat and not welcome it again. Happy bellying!