No matter how hard we try, losing belly fat is difficult. The exercise and diet combo works, but who really has the time for the gym or to make healthy, home-cooked meals? Those diet shakes don’t work, and crash diets are outright dangerous. It seems that obesity is a disease which can’t be defeated, but we’ve decided to give it a shot.
Below you can see 12 simple ways you can try at home that will trim your belly fat and outline the abs beneath it. It won’t be quick or easy, but if you’re consistent, you can definitely do it.
Here’s what you can try:
Green tea offers several health benefits – it can boost your mental health, clean your system, and improve your immune and digestive systems. It’s also full of potent antioxidants that will boost your metabolism and help you lose belly fat. Drinking it alone will do nothing, of course, but it will put your metabolism back on track, helping you lose weight easier.
Apple cider vinegar is a real natural wonder. Apart from being great for your digestion, it’s also a great fat buster. According to a recent study, obese people who consume a tablespoon of ACV lose 1.4 cm. of fat after a month, so it’s definitely worth giving a try.
Get Some Rest
Getting plenty of rest is an important step in the quest to lose weight. Sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea have been related to excess belly fat, so getting proper rest is much more important for losing weight than you think. Get 7-8 hours of sleep overnight and you’ll be able to lose weight much faster.
Exercise and Food Tracking Tools
If you’re set on busting belly fat with the diet-exercise combo, good for you. You know what would help? Food and exercise-tracking tools. With them, you’ll be able to reach your goals much faster, which means losing the desired amount of fat. We live in a digital era and it’s time to put those apps to good use. Otherwise, they’re just taking space on our smartphones.
Avoid Sugar and Sodas
Sugar is your worst enemy when you’re trying to lose weight. If you’re really serious about it, it means no sodas or sugar-filled foods. Ditch the chocolate bars, “natural” fruit juices from the market and all the desserts. It’s the only way to succeed and a great way of improving your health.
Doing cardio exercises won’t do you much good if you don’t lift weights in the gym. Weight training is essential to building muscle, and more muscle means less belly fat. Of course, we strongly suggest getting advice from a trainer before starting, as lifting weights is dangerous if performed improperly.
Ditch Refined Carbs
If you want to lose weight, ditching refined carbs is a great place to start. Diets with less than 50 gr. of refined carbs have been known to help obese people lose weight. You don’t even have to ditch the carbs – just replace the refined stuff with whole grains and fresh veggies. Trust us – you’ll see the results in just a short time.
One of coconut oil’s many amazing health benefits is its ability to help you lose weight. Full of healthy fats, it’s one of the healthiest foods you can consume. Start consuming a few tablespoons of coconut oil every day – it will do your health a lot of good and boost your metabolism so you can lose weight faster.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress triggers the adrenals to produce more cortisol. This leads to increased appetite and ends with you being constantly hungry – the more food you eat, the more belly fat you’ll accumulate. In order to prevent this from happening, find a way to reduce your stress levels. Some people do it with yoga, while others listen to their favorite music. Anything that works for you.
Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fats are about the most dangerous fats for your health. This type of fat can be found in margarine and soybean oil, so avoid foods that contain it. Apart from making you bigger, trans fats have been linked with inflammation, and we all know how dangerous it is.
Add More Soluble Fiber into Your Diet
Soluble fiber will improve your digestion and slow down the food on its way to the gut. The result? You’ll feel satiated and won’t have the need for so much food, resulting in fewer calories consumed and no further accumulation of belly fat. Soluble fiber can be found in avocados, legumes, oats, flaxseeds, etc.
Alcohol is your “enemy” when you’re trying to lose weight. Of course, you can drink a glass or two of wine – it even has great benefits for your health. However, too much alcohol has counterproductive effects. And, don’t even think about beer. You’ve heard of the beer belly, right? Well, that’s not a myth – beer does tend to increase the risk of excess belly fat.
Just stop drinking if you want to lose weight and focus on a high-protein diet. Protein builds muscle, and muscle busts fat – it’s that simple.
If you want to lose weight, don’t think it’ll happen overnight. Losing weight takes time, so it’ll be a week or a month before you see results. All the hard work will pay off in the end when you see yourself in a mirror, though, so push hard and you’ll finally get the sculpted body you’ve wanted since forever.