Belly Fat, Off!
So, what can you do to get rid of this awful belly fat? Fortunately, this type of fat can be burned off with a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet.
Cardio workouts are some of the best ways to lose the tummy, as they help you to burn fat calories.
Strength training is also very important, but sometimes overlooked by people who want to lose weight. Strength training with weights is effective in helping you lose belly fat because it helps you to build muscles, which burns more calories.
One of the best exercises is swimming, which burns calories as well as builds and tones muscles. Walking or jogging (outdoors or on a treadmill) also works. Remember, strolling is not exercising – you have to work up a sweat by increasing your speed or incline.
In your daily workout, start with stretching and weight training first, and save the cardio workouts for the last, to avoid injuries.
Diet Tips to Burn Belly Fat
There is no secret diet that can help you magically make that belly bulge vanish. The same wisdom for healthy living applies here – a balanced diet, with a variety of foods, is the key to maintaining a healthy waistline.
Here are some tips to help you practise healthy eating and really see the results.
Watch what you eat, literally. There are lots of hidden calories in our meals, which we do not notice, especially when we are eating out. You may have ordered a salad, but the rich, creamy dressing piles on more calories than expected. Ask for a salad with dressing on the side, or with a balsamic vinegar dressing that has fewer calories.
Read nutrition labels on the food items that you buy. Compare the amount of calories, sugars and fats on different products. Choose products that use polyunsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats. Once you start becoming aware of these labels, you will be able to make wiser choices.
Do not skip meals. Eat at fixed times and do not snack between meals. If you find yourself getting too hungry between meals, eat smaller and more frequent meals. But make sure that the amounts of food during each meal are less, or else you will be packing it on!
Drinking tea and coffee may seem harmless, but not when each cup is accompanied by sugar and cream/milk. Cream and two cubes of sugar with your coffee or tea is almost equivalent to a slice of chocolate cake! If you need to have that hot drink, cut down on your sugar and cream.
Eat more complex carbohydrates (like wholegrains, beans, lentils, brown rice and root vegetables), as they are broken down into glucose more slowly than simple carbohydrates and thus provide a gradual steady stream of energy throughout the day.
Fad diets are tempting, especially if you're trying to lose a lot of weight rapidly. But these diets are called 'fads' for a reason – they are only popular for a while because they don't work over the long-term!
Ultimately, it is willpower and discipline that will get you through a healthy diet and a strict exercise routine. At the other end, a slimmer you awaits!
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