Let’s admit first that there’s no miracle cure for stomach weight. Getting a flatter stomach requires effort and patience. First, we have to recognize factors in our life that contribute to stomach weight, and then do what is necessary to reverse the situation.
Diet pills are not the answer. Rather, evaluate your eating habits and select healthier foods such as lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts, instead of the sometimes more convenient high calorie and high fat fast foods. Cut back on sodium, which can lead to fluid retention, and alcohol consumption, which can slow your metabolism.
Eat breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning. Then have small meals and snacks through the day to keep your body fueled. This will also keep you from bingeing when you get too hungry and cut back on cravings. Two to three hours before bed should be your last meal for the day. Eating any closer to your bed time will just keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
We all need our sleep to recharge and get back to work the next day. Even though, sleep may seem like a luxury sometimes, it is a necessity. Too little sleep over long periods of time will lead to weight gain, especially around the midsection. Besides the weight gain, lack of sleep can lead to other health problems, aches and pains. Aim for 7-8 hours a night, at least most nights.
3. Physical Activity
You knew this was coming. To speed up weight loss and get flatter ab muscles, a regular exercise routine is a must. High-impact and low-impact cardio workouts burn fat and calories, and help to shed belly fat. Just ab or core exercises are not enough to sculp a slimmer, more defined mid-section. Work out with resistance bands or weights will build lean muscle, speed up your metabolism and even strengthen your bones, ladies. Try different exercises such as Pilates and certain dances, like salsa, samba, belly dancing, to target the abdominal muscles. Exercise at least 90 minutes a week, more if possible. Keep it fun, that will make it easier to stick with it.
4. Increase Your Fluid Intake
Something as simple as drinking water can help with weight loss. Fluid retention, often brought on by a high-sodium diet and certain prescription medications can add several pounds to your body, especially in the abdominal region. To lose water weight and slim the stomach, increase your fluid intake. Water is best, and it works as a natural diuretic. Caffeine, in moderation, can also work as a diuretic, and flush excess fluids from the body. 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day will speed up your metabolism. Drink about eight glasses of water a day to combat extra weight. Combine green tea with bitter melon for even greater results and more benefits. Check out the post on green tea and bitter melon and use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!