Being overweight does not necessarily mean unhealthy. There are many people who weigh a few more pounds than others but are still in excellent condition. However, there is a certain level of fat in your abdominal area that shouldn’t be exceeded; That is the round belly fat which makes you look overweight. If your belly is exceeding a limit of 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women (use a measuring tape to measure), you’d probably want to start thinking of ways to flatten your stomach.
This blog gives you 5 steps to achieving your dream abdomen goal.
Exercise helps tone your body and keep you in shape and appears to be a key element in reducing your overall body fat. As much as spot exercises like crunches etc. are good for you, that only helps you target one area of your body. For full body exercises, try aerobics (running, walking, swimming) or pilates. Exercise also leads to reduced inflammation, blood sugar levels and all the other metabolic abnormalities that are associated with central obesity. It also helps in allowing you to live a much healthier life as you grow older.
- Avoid Sugars
Sugars can be your friend, but they can be your worst enemy as well. It’s a drug that is almost impossible to get rid of once you’re hooked on to it. What you may not know is that when you eat a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets flooded with fructose, and is forced to turn it all into fat and is stored in your abdominal area therefore, increasing the size of your belly. It is a huge challenge for anyone to give up sweets, sodas and even alcohol (contains high levels of sugar), but baby steps always lead to big accomplishments. Try putting less sugar in your tea or coffee and if on a hot day you feel really thirsty, just have water. You don’t really need the Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper.
- Eat more Protein.
Protein is a blessing in disguise, seriously. It is the most important macronutrient when it comes to losing weight. It has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and help you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day. If weight loss is your goal, then adding protein to your diet is perhaps the single most effective change you can do. Not only will it help you lose… it can also help you avoid re-gaining weight if you ever decide to abandon your weight loss efforts. Have loads of meat, chicken, fish and beans to feel the full extent of what protein can do for you.
- Keep an eye on your carb intake.
In a previous blog article, we covered all the facts about carbohydrates and which carbs are good for you. This is just emphasizing more on that. Many carbohydrates contain dietary fiber, which is actually an indigestible complex carbohydrate. Having slow release carbohydrates like oatmeal or bran cereal in the morning or snacking on whole wheat crackers during the day can do wonders for your weight loss process. Always choose complex carbs like green cruciferous vegetables, beans etc and your belly will thank you.
- Be VERY careful with Fat-loss supplements
People usually take fat loss supplements as a shortcut to losing weight quickly. What they don’t realise is that it takes an extensive amount of exercise and a dramatic diet alteration to cater to the supplements being taken. There are plenty of side effects involved in taking these pills which is why if you do trust a brand of pills to help you lose weight, it is crucial that you consult your doctor before doing anything out of your own will.
Nobody likes an excess amount of weight on their body. But also keep in mind that not many people like a size 0 model either. Keeping your body at a moderate weight level combined with a good muscle tone is always a step in the right direction.