Have you been exercising and eating healthily, yet you still can’t seem to lose that unwanted belly fat? This can be so frustrating! While you might believe that there’s not much more about your lifestyle that you can change, these belly fat loss tips could be the secret! Check out these five common issues that can lead to excess belly fat, and then change them! Implement these changes into your daily life and you’ll make your way to a flat belly before you know it!
1. You’re not doing the right kind of exercise.
A common misconception about losing belly fat is that you should be incorporating a high amount of cardio and ab exercises. The truth is that you can do 1000 crunches per day and you”ll still have unwanted belly fat! Add weight training activities to your workouts at least three days per week. Focus on full body routines that have you working all of your large muscle groups so that you can burn the most calories possible. Try some of these workouts to amp up your current exercise routine and watch your belly shrink!
That bloated feeling after eating something salty isn’t just in your head. That puffy feeling comes from the excess salt in your diet causing water from your bloodstream to move towards your skin, making you look and feel bloated. Debloat for good by reducing the amount of sodium in your diet. Maybe you don’t shake the salt shaker over your meals, but you should still check your ingredient lists on the back of your food! 90% of Americans consume more than the recommended intake of salt daily, so keep an eye on it!
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3. Catch more Zzz’s.
The less sleep you get, the more weight you’re likely to gain. Isn’t that unfortunate? Too little sleep can cause an increase in a hormone that increases your appetite, so you’re eating even if your body doesn’t need it. Try to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night. Your body may need even more than that. On one weekend morning, don’t set an alarm and see how many hours you sleep until your body naturally wakes up. Now aim for that number during the week!
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4. You are what you eat.
To put it simply, you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose belly fat. To lose one pound you need a deficit of 3500 calories. It’s safest to lost one to two pounds each week. The best way to do this? Clean eating. Abs are made in the kitchen!
5. Going long periods without eating.
Are you a breakfast eater? A snacker? You will be now! Eating frequent, small meals throughout the day is one of the best ways to keep your metabolism revving and your body burning calories. Aim for three meals and two snacks every day. Check out our list of snacks to keep you fueled all day long!