A slim, sexy stomach is something most of us covet. Unfortunately, you can’t just exercise your way to it. A lot has to do with what you put into your mouth. I find that one contributor to a bloated belly is gluten.
You’re not alone in feeling frustrated: Sixty-two percent of women say the body part they’re most self-conscious about is their belly. But don’t give up hope–just change your thinking. Turns out, some of the old food advice you’ve been following for years may actually be working against you.
Here are some tips:
- Drink A Glass Of Water Before Eating
Drink ice water to boost your metabolism. Your body needs to warm the cold water which will will burn energy and cause an increase in your metabolism. Cut hundreds of calories by drinking water instead of high-sugar and high-calorie drinks, such as juice and regular soda. Every two cups of juice you replace with water will help you avoid more than 200 calories every day.
- Eat 5 Little Meals A Day
Spread fresh produce consumption over the day, so at any sitting you’re not eating more than one-third of the recommended daily total of 4½ cups.When eating, chew slowly with your mouth closed. Trade carbonated drinks for flat ones, such as juice or water, and lose the gum and candies.Stop salting your food at the table, and check for sodium on the labels of packaged foods, which provide about three-quarters of the daily intake for most women.
- Eat Slowly
Ever notice that when you’re at a friend’s place for a party or waiting in line at a buffet that you load more food on your plate than you would normally? It may just be because you grabbed a bigger plate. Sit down and eat slowly!
- Know Your Serving Sizes
Eating too little will force your body into “starvation mode,” which will cause it to store added fat for energy (out of fear of not being fed) rather than burning fat and keeping your belly taut. Eat or drink gassy things like broccoli, beans, high-fiber foods, carbonated drinks or artificial sweeteners. They can cause buildup in your GI tract, which swells like a balloon filled with air.Skip meals, chew gum or drink through a straw. They all cause you to swallow more air which gets trapped in your belly, creating a “poochy” look.
- Do 30 Minutes Of Cardio A Day, 5 Days A Week
Behind every sculpted six-pack, there’s a three-part plan that includes clean eating, smart strength exercises, and fat-burning cardio.
For a quick cardio burst, add 1 set of each exercise onto the end of your next strength workout. For an intense, 20-minute cardio session, repeat the entire circuit up to 6 times.
- Great Posture
One of the abdominal muscles’ biggest jobs is to hold our bodies upright, and research shows that rampant poor posture puts these muscles to sleep, leaving Americans in a constant belly-bulging slump. Doing regular posture-building exercises pack a double punch when it comes to busting that belly. Having good posture helps you look slimmer instantly, while sticking to a posture-building routine every day will strengthen your ab muscles, and help get you well on your way to a six-pack.
- Core Strengthening
When it comes to your middle, it’s basically all about the stuff you can pinch (fat) and the stuff that can cinch (muscle). Toning: Do the toning moves ahead in order for the indicated number of reps and sets three days a week on alternate days. Pay close attention to how the exercises and weight of the dumbbells required progress each week. In week four, when the abs routine is most challenging, do it just twice a week.
- The Plank
Start to get into a pushup position, but bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Brace your core as if you were about to be punched in the gut. Hold this position for 30 second while breathing deeply.
- Cut Down On Sweets, Sodas And Junk Food
Calories from sugar before bed almost immediately turn into extra pounds on your waistline. And causing your metabolism to spike will only cause your appetite to be rocky in the long run. Stop snacking, midnight eating, and emotional eating. There are also ways to change your lifestyle that can help you lose weight. Most of these you may not even considered.
- Cut Down / Give Up Alcohol
You can’t always have your wine and drink it, too – at least not when you’re trying to achieve a flat stomach. Not only can a fruity cocktail bust your diet in a few gulps, but alcohol may lead to bloating and even increase levels of belly fat.
- Give Up Refined Sugar
There’s no direct link between consuming artificial sweeteners and gaining weight. Still, some research indicates that by providing you with the taste of a high-calorie meal without delivering the calories your brain expects, diet foods made with chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives can actually leave you craving more food, which causes you to overeat.
First things first. The ultimate golden rule is that sugar is your biggest enemy.
Did you know that eating sugary foods is far worse than eating fatty foods? Turns out that excess sugar gets stored as fat, making a flat stomach virtually impossible to achieve.