Many people struggle to shift weight off their waist. Whether you’re trying to burn off fat or fight bloating, these steps will help you to flatten that stomach in no time.
Up your cardio
Cardiovascular exercise is the ultimate calorie burner. Such exercises are all about endurance and include running, cycling and swimming. Spin classes are one of the most effective forms of cardio for burning fat – your local gym is likely to hold one of these classes regularly. If you’ve got joint problems and are looking for something more low-impact, simply going on long walks could be enough to shed those pounds (swimming is also suitable for people with joint problems).
Do lots of core exercises
Core exercises are great for strengthening the abdominal muscles. Crunches are a popular exercise for targeting the core. You can also try doing static exercises such as the plank. Activities like Yoga and Pilates revolve around these core exercises and could be worth taking up.
Cut out the carbonated drinks
When it comes to tackling bloating, cutting out carbonated drinks can make a big impact. Carbonated drinks such as soda and beer are full of gases that cause the stomach to expand. Try sticking to water and still juices to help flatten your stomach.
Eat healthy, not less
Starving yourself won’t cause you to lose flab around your stomach. If anything, the hunger could result in bloating. You’re much better off eating wholesome meals, but simply sticking to healthy foods. Don’t feel you need to follow a strict diet – if you feel you need rules, simply try cutting out processed foods and sticking to as many organic meals as you can. Fresh meats, fruits and vegetables are easy for the body to process – it’s the complex fats and added sugars in processed foods that often turn to fat because the body doesn’t know what to do with them.
Consider cosmetic surgery
If you’re trying to get a flat stomach fast, there are other drastic measures that you can take. One could be to consider cosmetic surgery. This may require some saving up to afford and it’s worth watching videos about tummy tucks beforehand so that you’re comfortable with the procedure. Quite often a doctor will advise you to still lose weight before surgery – it may be one of the easiest ways to lose the flab, but it’s not completely effort-free.
Take steps against stress
Stress doesn’t automatically lead to weight gain, but it does increase one’s appetite – especially when it comes to unhealthy cravings. Taking steps to de-stress could make it easier to stick to a healthy diet. Exercise itself is a proven stress-buster so if you’re going through a stressful period, this could be another incentive to be active. Other great ways to beat stress include listening to music, meditating and taking a hot bath.
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