A bulging stomach is not just unpleasing to the eye, it poses a risk to one’s health, too. Whatever our personal reason is in losing unattractive rolls of belly fat – whether just to fit nicely into a fitted shirt or to keep the risks of life-threatening health diseases at bay – we soon realize that a flat stomach does not come easy.
It is something to work really hard for. Years of eating unhealthy food and lack of exercise have taken their toll on our body, and everyday that we postpone that much-needed change towards a better and healthier lifestyle, we only make it harder for our bodies to lose excess pounds.
Sure, there are already lots of products in the market that promise a flat stomach without the need to work your butt off at the gym. While there are products that do show great results after consistent use, most are not safe, show little to no results, and most of all, expensive.
Unless you want to experience the nasty side effects of slimming pills or can afford to undergo a liposuction, you’d want to take the traditional yet still extremely effective route to having a flatter stomach.
When it comes to losing belly fat and keep it off, nothing can beat healthy eating habits and adequate sleep, and daily exercise. Hearing the words diet and exercise may sound intimidating enough to make you want to run to the nearest drugstore or plastic surgeon.
Contrary to what many people believe, getting a flatter stomach is really not all that hard. Just make sure you follow these tips:
1. Do not starve yourself.
Many people associate dieting with starving oneself. They couldn’t be more wrong. The more they starve themselves, the lower their metabolism becomes and the slower they will lose unwanted weight.
Eating six times during the day is what fitness experts advise. This way, you up your metabolism and you prevent the surging of hunger pangs, which can cause you to overeat.
2. Eat high-protein, fiber-rich, and low-carb foods.
Studies show that foods rich in protein and fiber take longer for the stomach to process, thus making you feel full for longer periods during the day. Make sure to include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and beans in your daily diet.
Although carbohydrates remain to be an essential part of our diet in order for our body to have enough energy to last throughout the day, consuming too much of it will result in belly fats. Therefore, you should stick to low-carb foods if you want to have a flatter stomach.
3. Get enough sleep.
The keyword here is enough. This means that you get not too little nor too much sleep each night. If your body does not get enough rest – as in less than 5 hours of sleep – it will produce hormones that can cause you to overeat when awake.
On the other hand, if you sleep more than 7 hours at night, your body will not be able to shed calories you consume due to long periods of inactivity.
See to it that you get 6-7 hours of sleep to avoid the adverse effects of oversleeping or sleep deprivation on your abdominal area.
4. Perform abdominal exercises at home.
You don’t need to have a gym membership just to be able to perform abdominal exercises. You can do them right in your own home. Crunches, Pilates exercises, and sit ups – so long as done with proper breathing techniques – can go a long way. You can even invest in an ab toning belt to maximize the benefits of these abdominal exercises.
A flatter stomach does not only make you look fit and lean. More importantly, it minimizes, if not eliminate the risk of diabetes and heart-related illnesses.