The pesky belly fat you and the rest of America deal with is never more pesky than smack-dab in the middle of Summer when you want to wear a swimsuit. Most people gain fat in their belly (the worst place to gain weight), and the reasons are different for everyone, but most have one thing in common: they eat too much and don’t exercise enough.
Excess adipose, or fat, tissue loves to store in the belly, and there are ways you can beat your belly and get flatter faster. Keep in mind you didn’t grow your belly overnight, and it won’t deplete overnight, but if you follow a good plan, you can get a flatter tummy faster than you would otherwise.
Here are some steps to beat your belly:
- Boost Your Metabolism. Your unique metabolism is nothing more than the rate at which your body burns calories. If you have a slow metabolism, you won’t burn calories as fast as someone with a faster metabolism. Some quick tips for boosting your metabolism include eating more of the right types of foods (think “grazing throughout the day”, not “starving yourself”), drinking a lot of ice cold water, and moving more (take the stairs, park farther away).
- Target Your Abs. Specifically targeting your abdominals with strengthening exercises helps replace and burn belly fat with lean muscle. Aim for a combination of exercises and perform 100-300 repetitions PER DAY. If you can be disciplined enough to get these reps in, the results will speak for themselves. Do a mixture of crunches, reverse crunches, planks, and side planks to target all areas of the abs. Break them down into 5 sets of 20 or 10 sets of 25 throughout the day, and before you know it, you’ve formed a great habit of targeting your abs.
- Eat Better. Portion control is another self-discipline that needs to be adopted. “Push-Aways” are a great exercise. More specifically: “Push-Aways From The Table”. Avoid foods high in fat and foods in excess amount, and your belly will respond. Belly fat is nothing more than stored fat, so if you eat less and exercise more, the energy required to exercise will target the fat and give you a flatter tummy.
If you did just those 3 things, you’d be miles ahead of the curve toward beating your belly. The only way you are going to get flatter faster is by starting. It’s never too late to start, and if you fall off the wagon, get back on! It’s a battle to beat your belly, and you can win! You just have to get started, keep moving, and enjoy the results.