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.

Are you finding it difficult to fit into your little black number? Is belly fat giving you sleepless nights? If your answer is yes, you need to make some lifestyle changes to get the figure of your dreams. No doubt, belly fat looks aesthetically displeasing. It can assume serious proportions and affect long term health, if not curbed at the right time.

Out-of-whack hormones have all kinds of uncomfortable side effects and belly bloat is one of them. There’s a reason that bloating is one of the primary complaints women have during menopause! While you can’t turn back the clock and reclaim the hormone profile of your 20’s, you can make sure you’re within the normal range—something your doctor can check for you. In the meantime, eating right and exercising are natural ways to balance your hormones.
Nikita, it’s really personal preference, but I would say at least about 3 times per week. Try going for a walk or doing something else active on the other days. It helps to give your muscles a day break between workouts. You could also give yoga a try on the other days. It’s amazing for your body! Here is a great yoga workout for beginners: https://avocadu.com/free-20-minute-yoga-workout-for-beginners/

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2. Sweep: Start with basic abs tuck (standing crunch). For that you have to lift one knee using the abs, and bend the other knee to sit slightly on the ground. Bring the rib cage to the bellybutton so that the spine is in C-curve position. Simultaneously, squeeze the oblique on one side to crunch while reaching down for the opposite foot. Do 10 repetitions for each side, then do 10 again (total of 20, alternating after 10).

Why are so many people still confused about this? I would not doubt that a lot of it comes down to the large number of trainers that are still perpetuating bad information. A lot of times it feels like misinformation is really much easier to come by than good information. Be a smart consumer, and make sure that you are not trusting your health to someone who knows very little about health/fitness/nutrition. Related: Top 10 Signs of a Bad Personal Trainer
He said: “Where possible try and plan your meals ahead to avoid quick fixes at lunchtime and be sure to set aside time for exercise. This is more important than just keeping body fat down. Being more mindful of your health will do wonders for your energy levels, stress, concentration, brain function and sleep. Start simple and don’t bite off more than you can chew!” 
You don't have to get out of your desk chair to engage your abs and work on a flatter stomach. Throughout the day, squeeze your abs in as if you're pulling them back toward your spine and then hold that position for 10 seconds. Slowly release your abs and repeat until you've completed 10 reps. Incorporating this simple technique three times throughout your work day will not only strengthen and flatten your stomach muscles, but will improve your posture as you sit in your work chair.
Drinking water, at least eight big glasses a day, not only hydrates you and removes those unwanted toxins, but also helps you shed some pounds, especially in the midsection of the body. Drinking a good quantity of fluids also helps to keep premenstrual bloating in check. Drink water before your meal. Don’t drink water right after lunch or dinner. Wait for 10-15 mins and then drink water.
“It can take 12 minutes or longer for the signal that you’ve started to eat to make its way to your brain,” says Mark S. Gold, M.D., of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Quick tips: Sip some water between every bite of food you eat, or at least eat more meals with friends or family members. You’ll be more likely to talk and therefore to eat more slowly.

The one benefit of exercising on a regular basis is toned muscles and reduced body fat, which aids in weight loss. The good news is there are lots of ways to exercise indoors when it’s hot outside. What’s even better is that indoor workouts are just as effective as outdoor exercises. These workouts can be done in a cool and comfortable place. Here are three awesome indoor exercises that can give you a full-body workout and help you lose weight and burn fat like never before. ​Read - Weight loss: Three super effective Yoga stretches to burn belly fat


It's possible to burn calories without intentionally exercising. Harvard Medical School calls this the NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) factor. As long as you're expending energy, you're burning calories. Workers can take advantage of this by setting an alarm or timer to go off every 20 minutes. The alarm should be set to vibrate so it doesn't disturb coworkers. When the alarm goes off, stand up from your chair and either walk around the chair while continuing to do business on the phone, or walk to the break room to grab a cup of water. If you can't leave your desk, try to repeat going from sitting to standing for a minute or two.
No matter how much we try or want to, we don’t get to workout and go to the gym nearly as we’d like to. With work, school, studying, relationships, friends, family, and just about everything else on our plate–we barely have time to breathe, let alone get dressed and get in the gym. We’ll do just about anything to get an easy workout in when life gets jam-packed, so when we find exercises we can do from our chair in the office (or even at school), it’s promising.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is the most common gastrointestinal disorder. IBS symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, and bloating—So. Much. Bloating. While the causes aren’t all known, it’s thought to be linked to lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, hormones, and stress. Sufferers often find that making changes in these areas eliminates or reduces their IBS (and their stomach circumference!). Here’s how these 10 myths about fat can keep you from losing weight.

The upshot of all these chemicals floating around is big trouble for big-bellied guys. In a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers took 137 men of all ages and sizes and used seven different measurements to determine their risks of cardiovascular disease. The single best sign of multiple heart-disease risks? No, it wasn't the guys' family histories or their cholesterol profiles. It was the amount of abdominal fat they carried.
New Delhi: Are you struggling to shed those extra pounds you’ve gained in the last few months? Is your belly fat stopping you from fitting into your little black dress? If that’s the case, you need to jumpstart some healthy changes in your lifestyle to lose weight and reduce that annoying layer of fat that prevents you from looking as lean as you want. For many weight watchers, losing fat around the middle seems tougher than fat in other areas. Of course, there are reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn to shift. One logic could be you’re completely doing the wrong exercise, the other reason could be due to the fat cells are known as ‘beta fat’ cells that gather around your lower abdomen, which are extremely hard to get rid of.
There are plenty of fun ways to get moving and exercise. The key is figuring out what you find fun and then going and doing it. Many find classes like cycling, Zumba, hip hop, step, boot camp to be great fun, while others find their fun hitting the trails, playing tennis, biking, swimming, or even just walking with their dog. Sometimes a personal trainer, a friend, or even an online program can make any format of fitness fun as well. Be open minded and try everything you can. You won't be disappointed.
Stress skyrockets your levels of cortisol, often called “the belly fat” hormone because it signals to the body to store fat around your waist. Add the daily stressors of living our modern lifestyle and you can see how cortisol can be constantly coursing through your veins. This perma-stress mode isn’t good for a lot of healthy reasons, your tummy being just one of them, so it’s important to take time every day to de-stress. Yoga, meditation, walking, journaling, doing a hands-on hobby, or playing a musical instrument are all great time-tested methods. (Hint: Know what isn’t? Watching television. The boob tube actually increases your levels of cortisol!)
This is what you call the rolling plank exercise. Lie down on the mat or floor sideways. Support your body on right elbow and right leg. The elbow should then be perpendicular to your shoulder and your left leg should be above your right leg, making sure they are together. Keep the knees straight. The hips should also not be touching the ground. Hold this posture for about 30 seconds. Once you are comfortable, you can hold this position for about one to two minutes.
Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, is a nutritional consultant known for his ability to transform complex nutritional concepts into practical habits and strategies for his clientele, which includes professional athletes, executives, food companies, and top fitness facilities. Dr. Mike is the author of Dr. Mike's 7 Step Weight Loss Plan and the upcoming 6 Pillars of Nutrition.
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