Everyone wants flat abs and a tight tummy. Getting in shape usually requires a lot of hard work but you won’t believe these simple tips for a flat stomach.
1. Carry water with you everywhere you go
Sip from it every now and then, and you’ll feel fuller, more invigorated, and you’ll also be a lot less likely to indulge in a sugar-laden soda or juice if you’re not thirsty! This is a sure way to lose stomach fat fast, so try it for a week and you’ll see what a difference it makes!
2. Color your plate
Did you know that the more colorful your meal, the more healthful it’s likely to be? Think about it: carrots, peppers, spinach, and tomatoes are all brilliant colors, and they’re all very healthy choices!
3. Cut out all fast food
Skip the fast food, or at least opt for healthier fast food options, like salads (without fried chicken or calorie-rich ranch on them) instead of fries. But if you are really set on losing stomach fat fast, avoid the fast food altogether.
4. No more soda
A serving of soda contains more calories than a large banana, with none of the nutritional value. Many of those calories come from high fructose corn syrup, which our bodies don’t really know how to process, and which often ends up turning into belly fat.
5. Do weight-bearing exercises
If you think you’ll need to spend the rest of your life only doing sit-ups and crunches to burn belly fat and keep it off, that’s not quite true. You’ll need to do all sorts of exercises, in moderation, including weight bearing exercises, like brisk walking, jogging, and the like.
6. Do non weight-bearing exercise too
In addition to the weight bearing exercises to help you burn belly fat, you’ll also need to add non-weight bearing exercises, like biking and rowing. These two (weight bearing and non-weight bearing), combined with weight training and cardio, and some yoga thrown in for good measure, will give you a lifetime of fitness.
7. Don’t give up!
After a couple of weeks you might find that you’re not losing weight or inches anymore. What gives? Don’t give up! That’s just a plateau, a sign your body is adjusting to all of the positive things you’re doing. Keep going!
8. Don’t try to isolate
It’s a scientific and biological fact: you absolutely cannot isolate one set of muscles and lose fat just in that one spot, and that includes belly fat. If there’s a product or pill that promises otherwise, it’s a scam, straight up. To lose stomach fat, you need to change your diet and exercise habits, all over. It’s that simple.
9. Drink water before eating
If you’re thirsty, you’re going to eat more. Isn’t that strange? But it’s true. So before you sit down to eat, drink a glass of cool water, wait a few minutes, then dish out your sensible portion and begin to eat. Much better!
10. Eat 5 small meals a day
Rather than eating three large meals every day, switch to five smaller meals: a light breakfast, a mid-morning snack, a light lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and a balanced dinner. Smaller portions more often will keep you from feeling hungry.
11. Get the right fit
No matter how thin you are, if you’re wearing jeans that are too small, you’re going to have unsightly muffin top — so make sure you have the right fit, even if it means going up a size or two.
12. Get your cardio on
Try for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. What counts as cardio? Anything that makes your heart pound hard for that entire 20 minutes: bouncing on the trampoline, dancing your butt off, running, you name it!
13. Ignore the scale
I hate the scale. We all think of it as the end-all, be-all of weight loss measurement, but it’s not. First of all, as women, our weight is prone to fluctuate a little on its own with our own natural cycles. Also, as we build lean muscle and lose stomach fat, we’ll actually gain a little weight, though we’re losing inches.
14. Stand up straight
Want a quick tip to make it look like you’ve lost inches, even when you haven’t (yet)? Suck your tummy in, put your shoulder back, keep your head up, and, with this good posture, you’ll look (and even FEEL) much fitter.
15. See a pro
Before starting ANY exercise regimen or diet plan, see your doctor. And a personal trainer can be a friend indeed in your battle against the belly bulge — they know even more tips and tricks and they’re always willing to help!