Has a little extra padding around your midsection gotten you down? We understand. When you’re as busy as we are, it much easier to reach for processed or fast foods, and to drive past the gym while shuttling the kids to soccer practice.
Believe it or not, maintaining a fit physique may be easier than you think. By following some simple tips, anyone can earn a flat belly. Read on for 21 tips that will help you get the flat belly you’ve always wanted.
1. Eat Clean
No number of crunches will eliminate belly fat if you’re not eating a nutritious diet. Aim for clean foods that are free of unhealthy additives and extra calories.
2. Watch Portion Sizes
In today’s day and age, it seems like everything is “Supersized”. Go old-school by eating the amount of food you need to keep your body going. It’s important to eat whole foods that give you energy that lasts throughout the day. Going hungry is never an option.
3. Just Say, “NO,” to Soda
Sodas, even diet ones, are horrible for your waistline. Sodas contain either refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, both linked to weight gain.
4. Rev up Your Cardio
Regular cardiovascular exercise not only helps the body to burn calories and fat, but it helps prevent a number of diseases, like heart disease and certain cancers. Interval training is one of the most effective workouts for burning fat. Many of the interval workouts you will find on our website are quick and intense, many lasting only 4 minutes.
5. Snack Regularly
Snacking regularly provides the body with the fuel it needs to continue burning calories all day long. Plus, those who skip snacks between meals are for more likely to overeat at mealtime.
6. Keep a Food Journal
Journaling your daily food intake will help you stay on track with a healthy eating plan, keep you aware of hidden calories, and promote weight loss. Number a note pad from one to six and track your six small meals per day by writing down every bite you eat and what you drink. Do this for 30 days and you’ll be amazed at how effective it is with sticking to a weight loss plan. This process takes about two minutes a day, so no excuses!
7. Keep Stress Low
Studies show that stress has quite a negative impact on our bodies. Plus, when we’re stressed, we tend to eat more or choose unhealthy foods.
8. Work Every Angle
Total body workouts help to keep all muscles active so that they can continue to burn calories, even when they’re at rest. Mix your workouts up to keep every muscle group engaged.
9. Stay Full Longer with Fiber
Avoid bloating by keeping everything flowing smoothly with a diet filled with fiber. Quinoa is a fiber rich food that is also considered a complete protein. If you haven’t tried quinoa, we think you’ll love the versatility of this easy to prepare food.
10. Get Your Sleep
Studies show that sleep is important to maintaining adequate body function, as it gives the body time to repair the damage done during the day.
11. Drink Green Tea
The combination of catechins and antioxidants found in green tea helps the body to burn calories and fight fat. Plus, green tea is a superfood with many health benefits!
12. Plank It Out
Plank exercises are great for the midsection because they work the entire core, are easy to modify, and can be done without any equipment. It’s easy to have fun while toning your abs. Try planking in your living or bedroom room while listing to motivating music.
13. Watch Your Sugar Intake
Refined sugars feed your body a ton of calories and have no nutritional value, and the problem is that they’re hidden in many of the foods you eat.
14. Walk More
Walking just doesn’t get enough credit. It’s so easy to do and is one of the absolute best ways to stubborn belly fat. Try walking at a fast pace while swinging yours arms back and forth. Do this for 30 minutes a day, either outside or on the treadmill. To increase the calorie burn, alternate between walking and jogging.
15. Watch Those Carbs
Complex carbohydrates are important to your body, but not all carbs are created equal. Try to avoid simple carbs, like white breads, pastries, and candy, because they offer a lot of calories and almost no nutritional value. Instead, opt for snacks that provide nutritional value and are naturally low in calories.
16. Keep Sodium in Check
Excess salt in your diet can make you retain water and get bloated. Most all recipes on the Skinny Ms. website calls for “salt to taste“. It’s important to know how much sodium you’re eating and with highly processed foods, that is virtually impossible. This is another excellent reason for cooking at home.
17. Get Into Tabata
Tone up and burn fat, Tabata-style! If you haven’t been introduced to the powered-up interval workouts Tabata training offers, get ready for a high intensity burn! Tabata workouts utilize a series of intervals that supercharge your metabolism and allow you to continue burning calories for up to 24 hours.
18. Ditch the Diet Foods
Diet foods might sound healthy, but they are often loaded with unwanted ingredients that reduce the body’s ability to function as it was intended. Instead, get on a healthy eating plan and ditch the diet foods.
19. Eat Slowly
The body can take up to 20-30 minutes to digest the foods we eat. This means, if we’re not careful, we can end up eating food after we’re full. Eating slowly also prevents us from swallowing extra air that will bloat the belly.
20. Become a Probiotic Pro
Probiotics, like yogurt and kefir, use healthy bacteria to fight back against unhealthy ones. This keeps the belly free from infection and prevents bloating.
21. Laugh More
Studies show that people who laugh regularly are often thinner than those who don’t. Not only does laughter engage the stomach muscles and burn calories, but happy people are less likely to reach for unhealthy food choices when they’re feeling down.