A few weeks ago i shared a post HERE on the best way to lose belly fat. This is the part 2 of that post with additional tips. I also have a full guide to what foods to eat to lose belly fat and a workbook to go with it. Belly fat is a huge trouble area for most women. To be honest i never really had that struggle till i had a baby. Then my tummy just seemed so flabby and honestly still does sometimes. It had lost all the muscle and just looked like a beer belly or something. One question i tend to get a lot or see people complain about is “how do i lose my belly fat, especially post-baby” “why am i not losing this belly?. Most people do the wrong things to lose belly fat or are not following a thorough process. The best way to lose belly fat is a lifestyle approach. It involves a complete nutrition and workout lifestyle that can be sustained. Following crash diets might get you there but would not keep you there. I put together a guide that has all these tips and tricks to lose belly fat, so click the link below.
Best way to lose belly fat
Again, click HERE for the previous post if you have not read it yet. Rome was not built in a day, so your belly fat won’t just disappear because it took a while to get there. You need to be dedicated and work hard at it to lose it. Plus anything you win without putting in any effort would probably not last because you do not know what it takes to get it. We all have goals for 2018, and for many people, fitness is a huge deal. Having the right keys for nutrition and working out is essential. Check out my post HERE on how to ease into your first day at the gym.
Do not avoid carbs completely, many people think this is the key to losing belly fat. FALSE! You need to reduce consumption of white or refined carbs such as white bread, white pasta, cookies etc. Those spike your blood sugar quickly and then drop it, causing you to crash and binge on everything in sight out of hunger. Try healthier carbs such as quinoa, brown rice, bulghur wheat, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread etc. It is important to have a HEALTHY ATTITUDE towards food. One thing i hate is when people say you have to give up certain foods completely. That is not sustainable, and personally, it only makes me crave it even more. Click HERE for my post on healthy diet tips for busy moms because life as a mom can get insanely busy.
Supportive social network
Having a supporting social network could make all the difference. By having people who support your goals and can keep you on track, you are better able to achieve your goals because they can hold you accountable. A supportive network is a great way to accomplish your GOALS.
Think inches not Scale
Forget about the scale, sometimes you lose inches and gain muscle but your scale doesn’t change or keeps going up instead. If you focus on the scale, you would get discouraged. Check your progress by seeing how your clothes fit compared to before, take body measurements, and take before and after pictures. These are better ways to know how much progress you are making.
Hydration is essential to weight loss and belly fat loss. Drink water before meals, during and after and as many times as you can get it in throughout the day. You could infuse it with fruits if you just can’t take the water plain. By drinking more water instead of sugary drinks, you cut down your daily calories. Water also gives you a feeling of fullness. Drink 2 cups of water before each meal to reduce your calorie intake and trim belly fat. Include more fruits and vegetables especially the non-starchy ones with high water content such as cucumber, apples, tomato, lettuce. Also, try Green tea which has several benefits to health. By drinking water, you also get rid of excess fluids and hence reduce bloating which also causes your belly to look big.
Track what you eat
Find ways to track everything that goes into your mouth so you have an idea of how much carbs, fat, proteins and other nutrients you are getting. You may think you barely eat carbs or fat, but when you track it you may find out you actually eat a lot of them. Try weighing your meals or making mental notes of them daily. If you do not know how much you eat, you may be over or underestimating your meals. MyFitnessPal is a great tool to track your meals and workouts.
When you are stressed, your body produces Cortisol, a stress hormone that slows down your metabolism. It causes your body to get into defense mode and try to store as much glucose supply as it can to compensate for all the hard work and stress you are dealing with. This leads to increased cravings, and obviously, you won’t run to veggies or salads right? Most times we run to processed foods or junk food which then causes belly fat and weight gain. Sometimes, its hard to deal with stress, but its best to try to control the amount of stress you are under on a daily basis. Find the things that stress you and try to limit them.
Consume foods low in sodium, excess sodium causes bloating and water retention which then makes your tummy bigger. Avoid processed meats, canned foods, high salt intake. Try to aim for 1,500 mg of sodium a day and not exceed 2,300 mg.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are great for health and digestive system. Eat probiotic foods or add probiotic supplements to your day.
Probiotics help improve your gut health and improve your immune system. They also contain various types of bacteria
Fiber is great for belly fat reduction. Eating food that is packed with fiber gives you steady energy supply throughout the day. It also prevents your blood sugar from spiking quickly then dropping fast and causes that hunger feeling compared to when your meal lacks fiber. One other reason for fiber is that diets high in fiber-rich foods tend to be more filling and provide a sense of satiety after eating
Protein is key in nutrition when searching for the best way to lose belly fat. By adding protein to your diet, you reduce your cravings a great deal because they keep you full longer. If you struggle with adding protein to your idea, you could try adding protein powder which contains a lot of protein in it. Steak, chicken breast, salmon, eggs, soybeans, and almonds. Some people fear that adding protein will make them gain weight, but that isn’t the case, you need to get an adequate amount of protein. High protein diets will help you burn fat while you maintain or gain muscle which is what you want. Depending on your lifestyle and goals you should get between 0.5- 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Apple Cider vinegar
It contains acetic acid which has several benefits towards weight loss. It helps lower blood sugar levels, decreases your insulin levels, suppresses appetite, improves your metabolism, burns fat and reduces fat storage. All of these together are beneficial in belly fat loss.
How to add Apple Cider Vinegar to your diet:
Try adding one or two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar daily to assist with belly fat loss. Spread it throughout the day to avoid nausea
Use it with olive oil for salad dressing Mix and drink it with water
Make sure its the Apple cider with the “Mother” in it. Try the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar