Being embarrassed about your flabby mid section is not the worst part of being out fo shape. That extra padding around your tummy can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes (yikes!). The good news is, you don’t need a mind numbing or complicated diet plan to begin burning that unhealthy belly fat. Stomach flab can be stubborn, but it’s no match for the four pronged attack I am going to outline for you here, which includes proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, and a positive focused attitude.
Believe in Yourself
The first step when ever tackling a situation is to get your head in the right place. You see in all life it is our attitude that determines our outcomes. If it is an absolute must that you address your health today, then nothing will stop you. Humans are funny, the majority of people need to get to such an uncomfortable place in order to make a change. If you are in a place of no retreat then you have no place to go but toward achieving your goals. The way you feel about your ability to lose weight will play a major role in your success. If you’re entertaining self-doubt and negativity, you will stop your health and fitness regime at the first sign of trouble. In order to achieve your weight loss goal, you must truly believe you have what it takes and leave yourself no place for surrender.
Losing weight is not just about looking good; it’s also about living healthy and feeling your best everyday. One thing that will help keep you in the right frame of mind is to think of your fat burning journey as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. If you focus on healthy living instead of dieting,you’ll maintain momentum and it will be easier to shut down those negative feelings.
Eating a healthy diet will keep your metabolism operating at its optimum so you burn stomach fat more effectively. If your eating plan is not balanced and is lacking essential carbohydrates, protein, healthy fat, vitamins and minerals, it’s not nutritious. To ensure you get adequate amounts of all of these nutrients, incorporate a variety of healthy, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, poultry, lean meats, raw nuts, legumes, beans, seeds and whole eggs into your diet.
As for counting calories to lose weight, I wouldn’t advise doing it. Don’t get me wrong, Being conscious of what you put into your body is important but a balanced diet with a great workout will get your body melting the flab extremely quickly. I have always refused to spend my life keeping tabs on every morsel of food that I swallow. I focus on consistently feeding my body with the right foods at intervals so that I do not fall into hunger.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is one of the most important aspects of a healthy body and a good nutrition plan. This is often overlooked and this this element is crucial for burning fat and maintaining proper health. Water helps metabolize stored fat and rids the body of excess fat and toxins. Water also prevent bloating and constipation, and helps curb your appetite.
Most people underestimate how much water they need, so they don’t stay properly hydrated. For optimum health, drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink at least 100 ounces of water per day.
Get Up and Exercise
When you start your healthy eating plan, you’ll automatically reduce your caloric intake and start to shed some weight. However, unless you add exercise into the mix, your metabolism will eventually slow down and ultimately reduce your ability to burn stomach fat.
There’s no way to target specific areas for fat loss. Crunches, sit-ups and other ab-specific exercises only work to tone the muscles. The only way to get the tummy of your dreams is to burn the fat off. If you don’t, any muscle tone you achieve via abdominal exercises will be buried under the flab.
If you combine 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to intense cardiovascular activity with proper nutrition, the fat around your belly will melt like butter. If you’re out of shape, doing a 30 to 60 minute workout may be too much at first. It’s okay if you start off exercising for 5 or 10 minutes. Simply work your way up as your fitness level improves.
Don’t try to change your lifestyle overnight; Start by making small tweaks. In the beginning, you might try drinking more water, increasing your fresh vegetable intake and exercising three days a week. Once you get used to these adjustments, gradually build on them. Remember, small steps can lead to big results.
Sitting and wishing won’t help you get the trim tummy you’ve always wanted. Get educated and learn about proper nutrition and combine it with a fun and challenging workout that you will stick to and you will be well on the way to improving your overall health in a very short amount of time.