Having a slimmer waist is something many of us dream of, unfortunately achieving this goal can be difficult to achieve.
However, this is not to say that it is impossible. Perhaps the following tips will help you achieve your goal of transforming your flabby waist into rock-hard abs.
#1: Move faster
Unfortunately there is not one exercise or diet that will magically remove that belly fat.
However, one of the easiest tips I can give you is to start moving a little faster, for example stop strolling around when you walk, pick up the pace.
Same goes for any exercise you do too. Increase the speed that you exercise and reap the rewards.
#2: Use short bursts
This second tip should be used alongside the first tip given above, but instead of simply going faster try going as fast as possible for a short burst of time.
These short bursts is essentially ‘interval training’ that is one of the best fat burning exercises you can do.
#3: Strength training
A perfect way to reduce your body fat percentage is by hitting the weights or doing some resistance workouts.
The aim of these workouts is to build muscle, which in turn will help burn off calories and fat.
Research has proven that muscle helps burn more calories than fat, even while you are at rest.
#4: Watch what you are eating
Certain foods may cause bloating, which is never going to help you get a slimmer waist.
Dairy products and those with high fat or salt content are most likely to cause bloating, which in turn can lead to constipation.
One way to reduce bloating and constipation is to increase your fibre intake, with the recommended intake being 30 grams daily.
Eating foods such as avocados, blueberries, pineapples or raspberries are also recommended.
#5: Don’t forget your breakfast
If you lead a busy life it can be tempting to skip meals such as breakfast. However, this is not a good idea.
Breakfast can help to kick-start your metabolic rate, which is essential for fat burning.
When choosing breakfast, choose one that is high in protein but low in fat, sugars and carbs.
#6: Eat a snack
This may seem like a strange tip but it has been shown that eating a snack between mealtimes can stop you overindulging during the meal itself.
Obviously you should be choosing to eat a healthy snack though, preferably one under 150 calories. This means you should avoid those chocolates and crisps.
#7: Keep a food diary
By keeping a food diary you will become accountable for what you are putting into your body.
You will be able to keep track of your progress and will be able to see how certain food affect your body, both positively and negatively.
#8: Get some sleep
If you are not getting enough sleep your body will start to produce cortisol, which is a hormone that can cause you to overeat.
Another problem with cortisol production is that it can increase the amount of fat you are able to store. Therefore get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.
#9: Stop worrying
We all come in different sizes, so you cant stress too much if you are not a size zero.
Try to forget about your body image and focus more on the health benefits of weight loss.
Worrying about how you look or a lack of results can lead to stress, which is another cause of cortisol production.