When I am on my way to see clients and I am carrying equipment, so many people stop and ask me what it is that I do and when I tell them, the main question everyone always asks is “How do I get rid of belly fat – what exercises should I be doing?” So I thought I would write a blog with a few tips on how to help you to reduce your belly fat.
1. Exercise will help burn the belly fat but it is not crunches, plank etc which is what I thought before I qualified . You need to be thinking of Cardio exercises such as running, swimming, spinning – anything that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat is certainly going to burn those calories and help reduce the belly fat.
2. What you are eating and drinking is a big factor with your stomach. Cut out or at the very least cut down on alcohol and soft drinks. These are both full of sugar and the body will just turn all this into stored fat which, for most of us, goes on the belly.
3. Eat protein at every meal. Protein is great at keeping you full and because of the the way our bodies digest protein, it isn’t stored as fat, Amazing isn’t it! So really make sure you increase your protein intake.
4. Cut back, or cut out if you can, bread. Bread really bloats your stomach. I can’t eat it without looking 5 months pregnant! Once the body has used what it needs, it will store the remainder as fat.
5. Eat vegetables at every single meal and over half a plate. Not only are they really low in calories, but they really fill you up, Plus they are full of nutrients which the body needs to perform at it’s best.
6. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day. Half the population are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. It’s such a common mistake to make – thinking you are hungry when actually you are just thirsty, The next time you are hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes to actually see if you are hungry and not just thirsty
7. Eat less beige foods – they tend to be processed foods such as chips, chicken nuggets, ready made meals, takeaways. This food group doesn’t contain the nutrients your body requires. Once it has used what it can, the rest will turn into fat and be stored more than likely on the belly. Think about what you are eating – ideally aim to eat whole foods, ie if it can swim,run, fly or is grown out the ground or in a tree it is good to eat. If you are struggling to understand what I mean by this, please do drop me an email at email@example.com
8. Move more. Anything to burn more calories. If your job is very sedentary, there are still lots of things you can do. Walk up and down the stairs at work instead of using the lift throughout the day, walk to work, or get off two bus stop earlier than usual, or even a tube stop before your final destination. If you are a mum, find a hill and push the pram up and downl 5 -10 times. That will soon get the heart racing. Be active with your friends – arrange to go for a walk together instead of meeting in the pub or a coffee shop. Something I would recommend from personal experience to walk home with your bags when you go food shopping. This is a workout in itself and will help with burning those calories.
9. My last tip is to try to be constant with it all. Don’t do it for a few days and then go back to your old habits. Or be good all week and then as soon as Friday arrives, let everything go out of the window, drinking and eating everything in sight! All that hard work you have done in the week will be pointless!
I hope you have found these tips useful. Any questions please email me at inspired firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @inspired2fitness.