If cutting calories is your only weight-loss strategy, you'll need to keep your calories low for a very long time to ensure that you don't gain the weight back. Many people justify this, telling themselves "it's worth it and I'll just adjust to eating less." Unfortunately, research shows that you don't adjust to eating less and that even after a year of calorie restriction, one of your hunger hormones, grehlin, is as high as ever, making you as hungry as the first day you set out on your lean body journey.
Try to squeeze in a 30-minute walk daily, Lyons says. The simple boost in metabolism will help you burn waistline fat more efficiently. And if you want to work out, skip those gadgets that promise ‘miraculous abs in minutes’. A study from the Kansas State University in America found that most devices designed to target abs don’t live up to their promises. You’ll see better results with traditional exercise.
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Don't undervalue rest and/or sleep: Some people can end up actually working too hard, sabotaging their own progress, maybe even making themselves more likely to come across sickness or injury. Make sure that you're taking at least 1-2 rest days each week and that your training sessions are not running on too long. Related: Signs of Overtraining You should also try to make sure that you're getting enough sleep - try to get 7-8 hours a night.
Add a cup of low-fat milk, a part-skim mozzarella stick, or a half cup of low-sodium cottage cheese to breakfast, and you may have a belly-busting win. While lots of research links calcium with lower body weights, results from a 2014 study suggest that calcium-containing foods may reduce waist circumference in those genetically predisposed to carrying weight in their midsection.
Keep your portions under control when you eat away from home. Controlling portions at home when you sit down for a meal is often easier than at a restaurant, where portions sizes for one meal often contain the recommended calories for one person for an entire day, or at a friend's house, where you cannot control what goes into the meal. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to control your portion size in places where you don't have perfect control over your food:
Do not be surprised but deep breathing can be as good as abdominal exercises when it comes to losing belly fat. In fact, deep breathing is the basic pranayama exercises used commonly in Yoga as well. There are many mental and physical health benefits of practising deep breathing - it helps improves your abdominal muscle flexibility and increases the capacity of your lungs. Just close your eyes, count three seconds to inhale and another three seconds to exhale. You just need to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes every day to do this exercise and obtain a flat belly.
Stop treating your kitchen like an all-night diner and you’ll stop seeing those unwanted pounds piling onto your frame, too. The results of a study published in Cell Metabolism found that mice who only had access to food during an eight-hour period stayed slim over the course of the study, while those who ate the same number of calories over a 16-hour period gained significantly more weight, particularly around their middle. When you’re finished with dinner at night, shut the fridge and don’t look back until morning — your belly will thank you. When you do head back to the kitchen in the A.M., make sure the 40 Things Healthy Cooks Always Have in Their Kitchen are there waiting for you.
Sit up tall on the floor with your knees bent and feet off the ground. You can use a medicine ball or hold a weighted plate with your hands at chest height. Lean backward with a long, tall spine, holding your torso at a 45-degree angle and keeping your arms a few inches away from your chest. From here, turn your torso to the right, pause and squeeze your core muscles, then turn your torso fully to the left, and pause and squeeze your ab muscles. That’s one rep. Continue alternating sides and twisting for a total of 20 reps. Then rest for 30 seconds and repeat the movement for 30 reps. Rest for one minute and complete a third set for 40 reps.
Cut out the junk: This seems redundant to the point above but deserves a second mention. Heavily processed foods tend to be loaded with sodium (among with other items you may be better off without). Cutting out empty calorie foods - foods which provide caloric content but are low on nutrients - is a good way to get stubborn body fat to start responding to your diet and exercise habits. Additionally, reducing your sodium intake can be a way to encourage your body to let go of water retention or bloat, which may be contributing to the feeling of an overly soft midsection.