Having a flat belly is something that we all desire, but it’s not always the easiest thing to achieve.
The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to endure painful procedures or suck it in for hours on end to achieve a flatter tummy; here are 10 top tips to achieve tummy fat loss that will help you show off those fab abs.
#1: Know when to eat
For get about eating 2-3 large meals, you have to eat smaller but more regular meals.
It’s also a good idea to snack on something healthy late in the afternoon, to help balance your blood sugar and curb your hunger pangs. This can be something like a piece of fruit or a low carb meal.
Eating regular small meals is a healthier option than consuming big meals in the evenings, which will only add on the amount of calories you consume.
#2: Glucagon is your best friend
Eat as close to zero grams of sugar as possible. This will help to keep your insulin levels as low as possible and your glucagon levels high.
The hormone glucagon is the best friend you have. If you could imagine something working inside your mid-section, eating away belly fat, that is glucagon.
#3: Get enough sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep definitely helps with weight loss.
Studies have shown that people who get around seven hours of sleep every night gained less fat around their waistline over the course of five years than those who got less than five hours of sleep per night, or more than eight.
#4: Chew properly
Chewing is seen as the main factor to prevent bloating. Chew your food as fine as possible to aid in digestion and eliminate the possibility of bloating.
Bloating can also hinder your hard earned belly so take your time, don’t rush your food and chew properly.
#5: Squeeze in those crunches
Be sure to make abs exercises a part of your weekly training regime.
As a general rule, try to fit in around 20 minutes of cardio exercise per day, and around five minutes daily for abs exercises. Do this at least three to four times per week.
#6: Use sea salt
The salt in your food may very well be contributing to your bloated feeling.
Change to sea salt which is lower in sodium than traditional table salt.
Sodium is an instant bloating danger to your tummy and this also means that you won’t show off that six pack any time soon.
Plus a lower sodium diet have other health benefits too, like a reduced risk of heart disease.
#7: Check your stress levels
Everyone has stress, but its how you handle it that really matters.
Make sure that you relax as often as possible and if it’s really severe, get counselling.
The less stress you have the healthier you will be.
Exercise is probably one of the best ways to handle stress and it also helps you to lose weight and stay fit, so it’s a good idea all round.
#8: Eat your protein
Your body produces higher amounts of insulin as you get older, and this in turn promotes body fat, especially in the areas around your midsection.
Eating a diet high that is high in protein has the ability to protect against insulin resistance and reduce the amount of fat stored around your mid-section.
#9: Fat can be good
Studies show that saturated fat adds more fat to your belly than polyunsaturated fats.
Studies have also shown that individuals who consumed more calories from healthy fats gained more muscle mass, whereas those eating more calories from saturated fats gained more visceral fat.
Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fish, seeds and nuts.
#10: Change your lifestyle
This one is pretty obvious but it needs to be said. Your lifestyle determines a lot in terms of your physical fitness so it’s important to make the changes necessary to reflect a better you.
Change your diet and incorporate healthy foods, lose bad habits, get exercise and enough sleep, and reduce stress where possible. This is a fool proof formula for success.
With these tips on hand, you’ll find it much easier to lose that belly fat for good.
Remember that you need to make the right changes to see the right results. So what are you waiting for? Start working those abs and show off your six pack!