Embarrassment is not the worst part of having a flabby stomach. That flabby stomach can also drastically increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Luckily, a complicated diet plan is not essential in learning how to lose that belly fat. Stomach flab may be stubborn, but it’s not a match for, exercise, hydration, real nutrition and a positive, can-do approach.
Keeping a healthy diet will keep your metabolism operating properly, which essentially means, you burn that belly fat more effectively. If your diet plan lacks carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, healthy fat and protein, it’s not nutritious. To ensure you get adequate amounts of all of these nutrients, you should make sure you incorporate a variety of healthy, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean meats, poultry, raw nuts, seeds, beans and whole eggs into your diet.
As for counting calories to lose weight, I choose not to do it. While it obviously can help reduce your calorie intake, I simply refuse to keep tabs on every piece of food that I choose to eat. And although I am very conscious about what I put in to my body, I believe that if you eat the right foods, and stick to reasonable portion sizes you can lose that belly fat without counting a single calorie.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is often overlooked in nutrition plans however this element is essential for burning fat and maintaining good health. Water helps metabolize stored fat and rids the body of excess toxins and fat. It also prevents bloating; constipation and can also help to curb your appetite.
Most people underestimate how much water they need, which can lead to dehydration. For optimum health, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. E.g. If you weigh 220 pounds, you should drink at least 110 ounces of water per day to maintain hydration.
Believe in Yourself
The way you feel about your ability to lose weight will play a pivotal role in your success. If you’re riddled with doubt and negativity, then you probably won’t see the point of sticking it out when things inevitably get tough. If you truly want to achieve your weight loss goal, you must fully believe that you are capable of this achievement. Losing weight is not just about vanity; it’s also about living a balanced and healthy lifestyle while feeling your best everyday. One piece of advice that should keep you in the right frame of mind is to think of this process as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. If you try to focus on healthy living, you’ll sustain momentum and it will be easier to shut out those horrible negative feelings.
Get Up and Exercise
When you start your healthy eating plan, you will automatically reduce your caloric intake and instantly start to shed some weight. Although, it is vital that you add exercise into the mix, your metabolism will eventually slow down and ultimately reduce your ability to burn that belly fat.
It’s not particularly easy to target specific areas for fat loss. Sit-ups, crunches and various other ab-specific exercises only work to tone the muscles. The only way to get that tummy of your dreams is to burn the fat off. If you don’t, any muscle tone you achieve via these abdominal exercises will be buried under that belly flab.
If you combine around 40 to 60 minutes of moderate to intense cardiovascular activity 3-5 times a week, with proper nutrition, that belly fat will be reduced in no time. If you’re not in the best of shape, a 30 to 60 minute workout may be too much at first. It’s okay if you start off exercising for around 10 minutes at first. Just simply work your way up as your fitness level improves. Just remember, every little helps!
You shouldn’t try to change your lifestyle overnight. Just start by making small changes. In the beginning, you may just simply try drinking more water, exercising twice a week or increasing your fresh vegetable intake. However once you get used to these adjustments, it is vital you build on them. Just remember that small steps can lead to big results.
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