Belly fat is something that most people struggle with. We might be fine till we are in our teens or till we lead a healthy lifestyle. But once we are on our first job and start a sedentary lifestyle, things change and we start noticing an increase in body fat percentage, especially around the belly. Don’t fret! Here are some ways you can lose belly fat and look better than ever.
1. Don’t skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast is the worst thing to do if you want to lose belly fat. When you wake up your body has been fasting for a long period of time. Skipping breakfast will slow down your metabolism and your body will go into starvation mode in order to save calories. Breakfast should typically be the heaviest meal of the day and should include a combination of protein, carbs and good fats.
2. Low Calorie foods
The only way to lose fat is to create a caloric deficit in your diet. Eating low calorie foods will help keep you fuller while eating more amount of food. Switch to negative calorie foods for a large part of your diet. Negative calorie foods are foods that require the body to use more calories to eat than they contain.
Your body needs water to break down fat cells and expel the toxins released in the process. Staying hydrated in crucial to lose body fat.
4. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol contains a lot of calories. It contains almost twice as much calories than protein and carbohydrates. Alcohol is also burned by the body as an energy source. As a result, the body delays burning of fat. Alcohol also increases appetite and causes you to binge more. You get the point. Avoid or limit alcohol intake to cut down belly fat effectively.
5. Eat fiber rich meals
Eating a lot of fiber rich foods will help you keep fuller longer, as well as ensure proper bowel movement to dispose of toxins properly. Increasing soluble fiber intake by just 10 grams a day can reduce visceral fat by up to 3.7%.
6. Sleep well
Lack of adequate sleep makes you feel exhausted and hinders your physical performance. It hinders your metabolism. The body makes repairs from daily wear and tear while you sleep. Sleep at least 7-9 hours a day to ensure proper functioning of the body.
7. Boost intake of healthy fats
Healthy fats are essential fatty acids that the body needs to synthesize the hormones responsible for metabolizing fat stores of the body. Without this, it is difficult for the body to burn fat easily. Try nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, peanut butter and whole eggs for a healthy intake of these fats.
8. Walk off belly fat
Never stop moving. Walk while you talk on the phone. Take the stairs when you can. This is in addition to your cardio exercise. This will help you burn more calories while doing daily activities. You will start noticing the difference within 2 weeks.