LOSE BELLY FAT FAST
WE’VE ALL HEARD THE JOKE ... YOU PREFER TO KEEP YOUR SIX PACK IN THE FRIDGE. BUT DO YOUR HEALTH A FAVOUR AND FOLLOW THESE FIVE STEPS TO A FLATTER STOMACH
Belly fat is one of the main reasons people start training regularly. There are a lot of reasons you might have a gut: poor diet, stress, not enough exercise. Often it is just the unwanted side effect of a sedentary lifestyle.
What most people don’t know, however, is that a large amount of belly fat has been linked to a number of dangerous scenarios, including an increased risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer and type-2 diabetes. If you are carrying a lot of excess belly fat right now you must make it a priority to lose weight — the health risks aren’t worth it.
Here’s how to get started:
1. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET
You may have heard the saying “90 per cent of your results come from the kitchen” — it’s true! The fact is, if you’re eating more calories than you’re burning you are going to put on weight. It’s simple math. There aren’t any “cheat” foods you can get away with, or foods you can eat unlimited quantities of. Simply put, if the in is greater than the out, you will gain weight, which may or may not be belly fat. By improving your diet and increasing consumption of lean protein and vegetables, you are giving your body what it needs to rebuild itself healthier and stronger. These foods are also generally light on calories, so this one simple change may be all you need to lose the belly fat that is jeapordising your health.
2. MAKE EXERCISE A HABIT
Now your eating is under control, it is time to get in the gym. Or, if not the gym, then at least on to a yoga mat. A well-structured exercise routine can help you build muscle and burn fat, totally transforming your body. A consistent program can also have a powerful effect on your mood, making you feel positive throughout the rest of your day.
3. PARTY LESS
It can be a tough pill to swallow, but if you want to get serious about shedding your belly fat then you are going to have to cut down on alcohol consumption. A lot of people fear this because it may mean less socialising in general, but the truth is you can have a great time without alcohol. Once your friends get used to the sight of you without a drink it will become old news and you can carry on as usual … except you will be much leaner and feel much better.
4. REDUCE STRESS
With smartphones and endless things to do it can seem like a pipe dream to get away from stress. That’s why it’s important we take responsibility for how we feel and plan some time where we can just relax. No one needs to be on the go all the time. By putting yourself first and lowering your stress levels you reduce the amount of cortisol in your body, potentially lowering your appetite and enhancing your ability to burn fat and build muscle.
5. SLEEP MORE
In our go, go, go culture it can feel like cheating to have a lie-in but you may actually be enhancing your health by doing so. Sleep deprivation can have a lot of nasty side effects, including inhibiting your body and mind’s ability to recover from stress. By turning off the alarm you give your body more time to heal, your brain more time to rest and your muscles the energy they need to perform well.