Stomach fat is often the hardest kind of fat to shift, particularly if you have an endomorphic body type. Some people struggle to contain their waistline, due to a penchant for junk food and beer, while others are too busy with the rest of their lives to exercise properly. Whatever the reason for your weight issues, keep reading for some practical advice about slimming down and becoming a leaner, trimmer version of yourself.
Cut out the Snacks
If you work in an office and have easy access to vending machines, avoid the temptation to snack between meals on chocolate bars and crisps. It can be easy to fall into this habit if you get the munchies and need an energy boost during the afternoon. However, it is far better to bring some healthy snacks to work with you, such as dried fruit. Devouring mars bars, while spending most of your day sitting down, is a sure fire way to broaden your belly.
Do Some Daily Exercise
People who work long hours usually find it difficult to fit in time to exercise. The trick is to incorporate it into your daily routine seamlessly, so you can sustain it on an ongoing basis. Exercise is only useful if you are consistent with it, so don’t try to do too much too soon. To begin with, twenty minutes of brisk walking a day during your lunch hour would suffice, because walking is one of the best exercises to lose weight.
If you have time on a morning or evening, you could try doing some crunches as well. This is an excellent way to firm up your stomach and gain a bit of conditioning around your midriff. Lie on the floor on your back, with your legs up on a bed. Sit up, bringing your head towards your knees, and repeat this for as many reps as you can manage. This exercise really isolates the stomach muscles and can give you impressive ‘washboard abs’, once you build up the number of reps.
Over the weekend, you could try another type of cardio exercise, such as cycling, swimming, running or skipping. All of these activities are great for shedding the pounds from your belly. When the surplus weight starts to fall off your stomach, the muscle you have developed there from doing crunches will be revealed beneath. This can transform your physical appearance and improve your self-esteem no end.
Eat a Healthy Diet
At the risk of stating the obvious, if your diet regularly includes burgers, pizzas, kebabs and takeaways – and numerous pints of beer every weekend and evening – you are not doing your waistline any favors. It is OK to indulge yourself occasionally, but don’t make a daily habit of it. Eat plenty of whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and lean meats. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat. There are plenty of healthy recipes online that are easy to prepare and tasty. Search around and find some that you like the sound of.
Keep yourself hydrated during the day by drinking the equivalent of five glasses of water, and refrain from buying sugary soda drinks. As well as rotting your teeth, cans of soda are high in calories and can cause you to pile on the pounds. Take a bottle of water with you to work each day. This is easy to carry and will allow you to have a quick sip, whenever you get a spare moment.
Try sticking to eating three meals per day: breakfast, lunch and a main meal in the evening. Do not eat too much food before you go to bed, because you will not burn those calories off properly overnight, so this can result in fat accumulating around your stomach. Also, when you eat a meal, make sure that your portions are sensibly sized. Do not pile your plate up with chips or other carbohydrates, and always eat everything in moderation. Aim to eat a varied diet as well, because otherwise you can get stuck in a rut and start looking for unhealthy alternatives. With a bit of research, creativity and forward planning, you could certainly put together a weekly meal plan that will keep you interested in the right kinds of foods.
Of course, all of this requires a degree of willpower and effort, but it is more than worth it over the long term. Just think how much better you will feel when you can look in the mirror and like what you see. One final tip, many people find that engaging in activities like meditation or Yoga helps them to de-stress, and reduces the amount of cortisol their bodies produce. High levels of cortisol are known to increase appetite, so keeping these in check should be a top priority if you want a leaner stomach.