Is there anything more frustrating than belly fat? It is difficult, stubborn, and can make you feel self conscious in your favorite pair of jeans! For many of us, the struggle is all too real! But don't get too down on yourself, there are a few simple lifestyle tweaks you can make that will get things headed in the right direction! We aren't going to offer you a quick fix. There is no quick fix for belly fat. But having said that, the solution is less complicated than you might expect. It requires a two pronged approach and with a little bit of effort, you'll be on your way to your tummy goals in no time! One good way to tackle your belly fat is to cut processed foods from your diet. These foods are often loaded with sugar which can not only promote the storage of fat in the body but can trigger an inflammatory response. This can make you feel and appear puffy or bloated. Think about it, if you load your diet with simple carbohydrates, you are filling yourself with more calories than you can reasonably use.
These excess calories get stored in your body as fat and lets be honest, no one wants that.
Here are some sugar laced foods that may be lurking in your diet and a few things you can try instead!
If you enjoy sodas, juices, iced teas/coffees, or sweet alcoholic beverages, we've got some bad news for you -- they are full of sugar. Even if they are made with all natural ingredients or say "no sugar added," as is the case with many juices, they can still be very high in fructose. Remember, calories that you drink still count as calories!
Better option: Good ol' water! If that's too boring for you, add a few lemon slices, or some lime or raspberries. It will give your water a fresh taste and satisfy your desire for something sweet. If something fizzy is what you're after, go for straight soda water.
The white flour found in white bread (and pasta, too!) is highly processed and terrible for your blood sugar levels.
Better option: Try whole grain bread that contains seeds. This will provide you with a slow energy release and help you feel full and satisfied for longer periods. Also, because whole grain flours have not been bleached and processed, they contain far more nutrients!
This means store bought sauces, marinades, and condiments. Most of them are packed with sugar, salt, and preservatives.
Better option: Make your own sauces! Using fresh herbs and spices you can create an incredible variety of flavors while controlling every last ingredient! You'd be amazed at how well you can do with just a little lemon juice! When it comes to condiments, stick to mustard. We mentioned above that achieving a flat stomach requires you to do two things. We've covered the food you eat, now it's time to look at, you guessed it, exercise! Moving your body is always good for your health but when it comes to belly fat, balancing your work between cardiovascular exercise and resistance training is key.
You'll need to elevate your heart rate, but you'll also need to build some muscle. Cardio can easily be incorporated into your routine by cycling, jogging, sprinting, skipping, or doing a HIIT workout! When it comes to resistance training, you may think that focusing on the core alone will get you where you need to be. But, the truth is, you need to build muscle all over your body.
The more muscle you have, the more calories and fat you burn, not only during your workout, but in your day to day activities. If you're looking for a killer hiit workout that will both get your heart pumping and your muscles working, Season 4 of The DailyHIIT is a great place to start! In this season, Sean brings you 21 days of full body and core workouts!
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