How To Lose That Stubborn Belly Fat ( in the “How to get away with murder voice.”)
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a problem with my lower belly area. For a while I even thought that I couldn’t possibly get rid of it. It was just written in the stars for me. However, I was happily wrong. Looking back at pictures in my phone, I found that my tummy was flat and I didn’t even know it! You know, you never appreciate your body until you look back smh.. And now I’m like “ummm Tiffany you need to get back to that.” I must say the good eatin’ that comes with the holidays fluffed me up a bit. But I’m back at it and my tummy has already gone down after a week! Let’s not let the holidays be an excuse for letting ourselves go. Now let’s get to the stuff you came to this post for: How To Get Rid of That Stubborn Belly Fat!
Drink More Water: I’m going to tell you right now, that you might as well cut out all juices, sodas, sweet teas etc. These drinks are full of calories, artificial sugars, and God knows what. Stick with water, and lots of it! I recommend drinking a gallon of water a day. Now, that can be a bit overwhelming, but just try. From doing this alone, you will see a big difference in you tummy.
Drink Green Tea: If you are going to drink something other than water, add pure green tea into your diet…. nothing added, unless it’s lemon. This also helps burn that lower belly fat.
Eat Clean: Look, this is sooooo important. You HAVE to eat clean. This means NO fast food and very limited to NO processed foods. You should be having at least 3 cups of vegetables a day and 2 cups of fruits a day. Go ahead and break out the brussels sprout.
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HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training will turn your life around. It is a training technique in which you give one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by a short moderate exercise or recovery period. Do HIIT 3 to 5 times a week. Ex. Ten 100m sprints 30 seconds recovery
- After two weeks of interval training, fat burning increases by 36%
- Your body will continue to burn fat for the next 48 hours after you are done exercising
- Burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time
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Weight Train: Do you even lift? LOL Weight training allows you to build muscle, which in returns burns fat. This is because weight training will allow you to keep burning calories after the workout is done. It raises your resting metabolic rate, so you well be burning calories while you’re simply sitting down.
On the contrary, after a cardio workout you stop burning calories when you stop working out. But don’t get me wrong, I love a good run and it certainly has its benefits as well.
Limit Salt Intake: Salt can be a major culprit in why your’e not losing that lower belly fat. If you’re eating processed foods, more than likely you are eating an excessive amount of salt. This is because many processed foods have what is called “sodium cholride” to perserve the food or soduim is added simply to add flavor. However, the consumption of salt makes you overeat. That’s exactly why we can never put down those potato chips! Also, salt is a contributor to water retention, which makes you bloated, and well that’s not cute. If you’re eating whole real foods, salt shouldn’t be a problem.
Sleep: I know getting your full 8 hours of sleep is hard for many people, but it’s imperative. Look at this study from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“When dieters got a full night’s sleep, more than half of the weight they lost was fat. When they cut back on their sleep, only one-fourth of their weight loss came from fat. Sleep-deprived dieters also felt hungrier, producing higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger and reduces energy expenditure.”
No Stress Zone: Oh, the stresses of life. Ladies and gentlemen, we must learn to find our inner peace and not stress, because, well it’s making us fat. It’s not only the fact that when we are stressed we crave chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. But when you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol a hormone that can actually interfere with testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for building and maintaining muscle. A decrease in muscle mass leads to a reduced metabolism, which burns calories at a slower rate. Plus, a happier you is always a healthier you.
Watch Your Caloric Intake: The fact is, in order to lose weight you must burn more calories than you consume, so figure out a good caloric intake that is consistent with how many calories you’re burning. Try a tracking app like “myfitnesspal” or “fooducate” to track your calories. Soon you’ll get the hang of how much you should eat and you won’t need it. However, sticking to foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories will allow you to eat more and weigh less.
Well that’s it folks. If you follow these tips you will be on your way to the hottest body you’ve ever had. Let me know how it goes.