A sedentary lifestyle and improper diet leads to weight gain and a protruding tummy. While exercise and diets are important to cut tummy fat, making some simple lifestyle changes can take you closer to your goals of achieving a trimmer midsection.
- Reduce your salt intake. Salt makes you retain more fluid, which will cause the abdomen to look bloated
- Make sure you get enough sleep. According to a University of Chicago study, sleep loss plays havoc with fat cells. It revealed that people who sleep 7 hours or more a night lose twice as much fat and are less hungry than those who get less than 7 hours of shut-eye.
- Have your dinner early. It is not advisable to eat anything two to three hours before bedtime. Digestion slows down while sleeping. As there are no activities involved, your body is more likely to store the calories you consume late at night as fat.
- Make some small changes in your diet such as eating lots of lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats, and lower your sodium intake. Try to cut as much sugar from your diet as possible.
- Avoid drinking soda. The bubbles from carbonated drinks actual gang up in your belly. Cut down on alcohol too.
- Add fresh seafood such as salmon to your plate as the omega-3 fatty acids in fish will help your fat burning goal.
- Reduce your portion sizes and eat many times a day so that you don’t end up over eating. Chew slowly and thoroughly when you eat and take small breaks in between every bite of food when eating.
- Make sure that you don’t starve yourself to lose fat. The results will only be temporary. For long-term results, follow a healthy and balanced diet.
- Experts recommend doing functional exercises that use core abdominal, back, pelvic muscles as well as other body parts, rather than spot reduction exercises.
Modern lifestyles are stressful and stress makes it difficult to reduce excess pounds. So to reduce abdominal fat, take measures to reduce stress. Don’t lose sight of your fat reduction goals and patience and perseverance will eventually pay off.