No matter our size, most of us want to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Whether you're a 6 or a size 26, we seem to be just fine with our voluptuous breasts and big butt, but when it comes to that belly, it's a common enemy for many of us.
Don't get me wrong, we can rock any part of our body with two snaps and confidence like none other. But for me, I know I have issues indulging in the main culprits, while not really knowing how ingredients like protein can actually be a benefit.
If you're on the journey of giving your belly fat the boot, check out some methods that could be easier than you think. (A bonus is that this will help you have a healthier lifestyle overall.)
So you don't have to completely give up sugar, but we all know it's one of the main enemies to that flat stomach some of us want to achieve. The breakdown is that sugar includes fructose which is also connected to many conditions like obesity, fatty liver disease and even heart disease. Keep this in mind even for sugars that are considered healthy like honey.
Time Out On Trans Fat
Trans fat is sneaky but it definitely makes a difference when it comes to trying to get rid of belly fat once and for all. Some of the biggest culprits for trans fat are packaged and processed foods. Not only do they slow down your journey to a flat belly, but they also have a connection to heart disease and inflammation.
Blame It On The Alcohol
From wine to getting lit on a girls night, alcohol can help make fun times even more fun, but it's definitely not your friend if you're trying to get rid of your belly fat. While it's okay in moderation, drinking any form of alcohol daily can lead to obesity, meaning your body will store even more fat around your waist area.
Make Fish Your Favorite Dish
…At least once a week. Fish like salmon and anchovies are some of the best options. They are not only super healthy but also have lots of protein (which is another plus on this list) and omega-3 fats. It also kicks visceral fat's butt. Taking in at least 2-3 servings a week will get your belly fat loss on the right track.
I think there's a wide consensus that burpees is arguably the most painful exercise on the planet. But there's also a unanimous decision that they give our belly fat a run for its money. The exercise done in multiple reps can do wonders for your belly fat and your entire body. Just get ready to feel the burn.
Food groups aren't the only thing that can impact your belly fat. Apparently, stress plays a major factor too. Stress causes our adrenal glands to create cortisol, which is a stress hormone. As that gets higher, we not only crave more food, but it causes our bodies to store more fat in the abdomen section. Just one more reason to stop stressin', sis.
Cardio For The Win
It's no secret cardio has quite the impact on our bodies, especially our belly fat that seems like it's never going away. With the right type of cardio, you'll definitely start to see not only your weight go down, but your belly get smaller as well.
There have been mixed reports on whether crunches actually help you or hurt when it comes to losing belly fat. But if done correctly, they can definitely get you closer to your slim belly goals. The key is to breathe in when you raise your torso from the floor and breathe out once you reach your peak, then repeat. Twists and side crunches as well as bicycle exercises can also fight love handles.
Go With Green Tea
Green tea is more than just a cute order at Starbucks. It's also a great way to burn your belly fat. It includes ingredients that easily up your metabolism like caffeine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is an antioxidant. Don't sleep on green tea mixed with exercise. That's the dynamic duo right there.
Fill Up On Fiber
Fiber doesn't just make you feel full (lowering your calorie intake), it helps burn that belly fat slowly but surely. So it's a win on all sides. Foods that contain lots of fiber are brussels sprouts, avocados, oatmeal and blackberries.
Cut The Carbs
While foods containing protein and fiber are some of the biggest belly fat fighters, carbohydrates definitely have the reverse impact. Studies say it's best to stick to less than 50 grams of carbs a day, especially for those who might be at risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But you don't have to steer clear of carbs altogether. Sometimes it's just the refined carbs that are the biggest issue while whole grains can be a healthier option.
Protein Is A Pro
Protein has lots of ways to benefit our physique. Like fiber, it actually makes us feel fuller, causing us to take in less calories. Plus, protein has the ability to boost your metabolism, so you keep your muscle when your weight starts to go down slowly but surely. Food with lots of protein include dairy, fish, eggs, beans and of course meat.
Apple Cider Vinegar Is The Key
It tastes soooo gross! But your belly will be thanking you for it. Drinking apple cider vinegar not only cuts back your blood sugar but also lowers abdominal fat storage. The typical suggestion is a tablespoon a day. If you go this route, don't forget to add in water so the enamel on your teeth don't erode. Yeah, it's that serious.
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Originally published May 18, 2019