Belly fat is a common problem that many people face, and it can be stubborn to get rid of. Not only is belly fat unsightly, but it can also be dangerous to your health. Research shows that belly fat is linked to many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers.
If you’re looking to burn belly fat and improve your health, there are many things you can do to achieve your goals. In this article, we’ll discuss the top 9 tips to burn belly fat, so you can feel confident and healthier than ever before.
It starts with food
If you want to burn belly fat, you have to start by avoiding or even eliminating “fat-storing” foods such as sweets, industrial food, crackers, sodas, fried foods…
Be careful, we avoid consuming this kind of food, but we do not eliminate fat from our diet! The “good fat” which comes for example from olive oil, avocado, or oleaginous fruits is to be preferred.
Then, we will especially favor “fat-burning” foods such as lemon, broccoli, apple, pineapple, pepper, or even oat bran.
We also favor foods rich in fiber such as artichokes, lentils, coconuts, prunes, and whole grains. They are good for intestinal transit and bring a feeling of satiety which prevents you from snacking between meals!
Drink plenty of water
To stay well hydrated, but also to facilitate intestinal transit, eliminate toxins and limit snacking, you must drink plenty of water.
There is no rule on the amount of water to drink because we are all different (and it also depends on the water contained in what we eat!), but we often recommend around 2 liters of water per day.
Little tip: start your day with warm lemon water, the best for having a flat stomach!
Water yes, and green tea, too!
Green tea is THE flat stomach drink.
In addition to all its health benefits, green tea is a diuretic drink, that is, it helps us to drain liquids.
It is also a good fat-burner thanks in particular to the catechins it contains, molecules that help fight against fat storage, and theine, which boosts our body’s energy expenditure.
Stop the sedentary lifestyle
A too-sedentary lifestyle is the best way to store fat in the belly!
If your lifestyle requires you to sit a lot, you’ll need to move around a little more. It starts with trying to walk as much as possible.
Next, take stock of your activities: If you sit all day at work and spend your free time watching TV, it’s not going to help you lose belly fat. Try less sedentary activities such as sports, of course, dancing, hiking, but also gardening for example.
Stop the stress!
When we are stressed, we produce a large quantity of a hormone called “cortisol”.
This hormone has a bad reputation for raising blood sugar levels. If our body does not need it, it will therefore store it nicely in our abdominal belt!
It is, therefore, necessary to relax and this notably involves the points mentioned above: a good diet and physical activity.
You can also use Bach flowers, herbal teas, meditation, sophrology, or simply by spending more quality time alone or with loved ones. Everyone has their own way of relaxing!
Move more, but which sport to choose?
To reduce abdominal fat, you must first focus on cardio and then muscle-strengthening exercises.
You can enroll in a gym to benefit from the advice of a sports coach or choose activities that burn fat in the belly, rowing, running, or swimming.
Then, when you start to lose fat, strengthen the abdominal muscles with sheathing and abs.
Consume more protein
Protein promotes muscle development and helps burn fat.
Lean proteins such as white meats for example have a relatively low caloric value but they require a lot of energy from the body to be assimilated, which promotes fat burning. This is also why top athletes have a diet rich in lean proteins.
To eliminate abdominal fat, a protein diet, combined with exercises working the abdominals, is therefore recommended.
Strengthen the transverse abdominals
The transverse muscle is the deepest abdominal muscle. It avoids having a swollen belly and represents the natural abdominal belt of man. Its tone must be preserved or reinforced through several exercises to reduce the waistline and thus lose the belly.
The Pilates method in particular makes it possible to obtain a flat stomach. The transverse muscle is particularly strengthened if we practice Pilates exercises by coupling the contraction to a long and slow exhalation and the relaxation to a complete inspiration.
Use fat-burning treatments
Slimming creams can be an additional aid to refine and redefine the silhouette, and in particular to have a flat stomach during a diet. Thanks to targeted ingredients that act on the skin, they can combine a firming, anti-cellulite, and anti-cellulite effect, which helps lift the belly.
They must be used in addition to a healthy lifestyle and a suitable diet, otherwise, the results will be absent.
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