It’s been proven that BMI can’t always be accurate when determining who is overweight and who isn’t, which we addressed in our investigation
. In fact it’s better to have a smaller waist size, but sometimes it is the hardest place to lose that stubborn fat.
Learning how to lose the weight will make your clothes feel better and boost your confidence tenfold!
First we’ll tell you the obvious ways to get a flatter stomach and then the not so obvious ones.
What causes belly fat?
Visceral fat is the villain in this scenario and causes the ‘beer belly’. The reason it is so bad is that it surrounds your vital organs and storing a lot of it can cause health problems such as type 2 diabetes. But the good news is that visceral fat is more metabolically active than subcutaneous fat, the fat that lies under your skin, so it burns off quicker.
What’s the secret?
The key to losing belly fat is self-motivation, exercise, eating a more healthy diet and consuming fewer calories than you use up.
At least that’s what Dr Sarah Clarke, a consultant cardiologist at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said about getting a flatter stomach. Here are some of the obvious ways you can lose the weight:
The way to lose weight from your stomach isn’t by doing hundreds of sit ups or crunches, they only work if you have minimal amount of fat. The best way is to mix diet and exercise together to become active enough to banish the fat for good. The more you exercise the easier it is to burn fat as your muscles will be working hard. A mixture of weights and cardio is the perfect mixture for getting rid of the extra fat surrounding your middle by increasing muscle mass to burn more.
Cut out the processed food
All the foods that we love but are damaging are body increase inflammation, such as chips, sweetened drinks and desserts. Instead, eat natural foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are full of antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are the surprising ways to lose weight
Stop the stressing
When you get stressed the levels of the hormone cortisol increase, which increases appetite and fat storage. You can drink black tea, which will help bring your cortisol levels back to normal.
You can instantly look slimmer by having a good posture as it lengthens your torso. Not only this but it can even strengthen your muscles, giving you a lean look to die for.
Rise and shine
While it is good to get a good amount of sleep, between 7 and 8 hours a night, it is possible for oversleeping to damage your chances of getting a flat stomach. Its been proven that those who get up later in the morning are more likely to eat more calories than people who get up early.
Get rid of the gum
Chewing gum means that you a swallowing air which in turn makes your stomach bloated. They also contain sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol, and sugar alcohols which cause bloating. Stopping the habit, or only chew gum when needed after lunch, this tip will help to make you look slimmer instantly.
Listen to music
Plug in those headphones and get moving! People are more likely to burn more calories when listening to an upbeat track when running or lifting weights to perk them up. The more fat burning that is going on the more weight you’ll lose from your middle.
Try-out side planks
Planks are better for your core than sit ups ever were, but side planks are even more challenging. Balancing on two points makes it more difficult and will push your abs to the limit.
Go for the smaller portions
Eating smaller portions means you aren’t forcing yourself to eat everything, when in reality it is more calories you don’t need and you’ll be able to maintain a flat stomach for longer.
The compound called capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers, increases energy expenditure and fat oxidation to boost metabolism. Even the milder peppers have the same effect. Maybe it’s a good time to start eating foods that are spicy.
We hope that with these tips you’ll be able tot get the body you want in no time!
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