You have probably heard this one before. Are you doing this step? Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. If you are working out, drinking caffeine, drinking soda, drinking alcohol, then you need to drink even more water - make it 10 glasses a day. Water will clean out some of the fat cells and speed up your metabolism so that you can start losing your belly fat.
Drink water first thing in the morning before doing anything else and drink water last thing at night before you go to bed. Get yourself a nice bottle that you enjoy drinking water from. Do not make it a chore, make it a choice and an enjoyable moment.
Tip 2 - Cleanse Your Body
Cleansing is very important especially today. Although our liver and kidneys do a pretty good job at getting rid of junk, many toxins do not leave our bodies and thus cause us to gain weight. We are surrounded by polluted air and contaminated soil and water. Our foods are contaminated as well. We use toxic substances in our homes everyday (i.e. things like make up and cleaning supplies.)
There are many cleansing programs on the market, ensure that you are not starving your body while you cleanse because it can be very dangerous. Most people quit very quickly while doing one of the starving cleanses (such as a lemonade diet).
Cleansing the body will not only get rid of the junk, it will also speed up your metabolism and therefore cause you to lose fat around your belly (and everywhere else).
Find out which cleanse I prefer and why it works extremely well to shed pounds and keep them off!
Tip 3 - Do Cardio Exercises
Cardiovascular exercises are great for shedding pounds. Although you are not targeting specific area with cardio workouts, you will notice your weight coming off everywhere at the same time. Do not be disapointed if you do not see changes just in your stomach area, it will come with time. Get on a treadmill, dance, jog outside, do kenpo and you will see results. Consistency is the key to seeing results with cardio exercises. Make Exercising Fun!
Tip 4 - Do Ab Exercises
Although ab exercises alone won't make your stomach look flat, doing ab exercises will build up the muscles under the fat. Once you burn the fat through other techniques your abs will start showing and will give your body a nice, lean shape. Ab exercises also help your core be very strong. This way you can do more exercises, increase your intensity, and be strong overall.
Some of the best ab exercises to do are: flutter kicks, sit ups, crunches, reverse situps, and mason twists.
Tip 5 - Do Resistance Exercises
Although most people don't think that weight training and resistance execises can help reduce the flabby stomach, it plays a big role in reducing fat. Most women do not do resistance training, if you are one of them then you need to start doing it today. Resistance training can be performed with weights, resistance bands, and and just your body (i.e. push ups).
How does it reduce belly fat? As your muscles break down, they need to rebuild. The rebuilding process takes a lot of energy, calories and other nutrienst; therefore, your body burns more calories throughout the day. You get a double benefit, build muscles and burn fat quick.
Tip 6 - Keep Record of What You Eat
Although you may be exercising hard and drinking water, it is important to keep a track of the foods you consume. When we do not have a plan it is so hard to slip up and eat extra calories through snacking. I recommend to get a free account at Sparkpeople website to track all of your food.
If you are having a hard time with snacking during the day at work, then bring snacks with you. You can cut up some cucumbers and throw in some cherry tomatoes for a healthy snack at work. Add some raw almonds and you will be getting extra protein in your diet.
Stop relying on fast food options. With a plan you do not have to get junk food when you get the munchies.
Tip 7 - Eat 4-6 Meals a Day
Most people are used to the idea of eating 3 times a day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some skip breakfast and have a big lunch and a big dinner. These kind of eating habits will not result in a flat stomach. When we do not eat at least 4-6 times a day our metabolism slows down and our bodies start to retain fat cells.
Eat small meals all throughout the day and you will notice that you will have more energy, you will no longer be hungry (and grab bad snacks), and you will start losing weight around your belly area.
Tip 8 - Cut Out One Junk Food Per Month
Lets face it, junk foods keep you from losing weight around the stomach. Commit to cutting out one junk food (drink) per month. Over a period of time you will be able to cut back on many foods which you currently might not be able to live without. Can you cut out soda for a month? How about donuts or jelly beans?
As your eating habits change, so will your taste buds. You will no longer feel like eating junk and in many cases your stomach may not handle it well any longer. Don't be attached to the junk you eat now, it doesn't do you any good. As time goes on, your body will become your temple, cherish it.
Tip 9 - Stay Consistent
Consistency is the key to getting a flat stomach. Don't expect to get there if you are not consistent with your work out routine, your cleansing, and your healthy eating habits. Sure it can be a little intimidating at first, but over time you will get used to the new lifestyle and you will be able to reach your goal.
Think about this... are you suffering more when you don't have a flat stomach and a healthy body or are you suffering more when you have to make small sacrifices to become a better you? If you do not make a change, nothing will change. One day at a time will bring about great results in your future.
Tip 10 - Don't Ever Quit
Last but not least, do not quit trying to get healthy. Sometimes we all fall off the wagon. Simply realize that you have not done the work out or had a bad snack. Do not blame yourself for such things. Pick yourself up and keep on going. Each new day is a new beginning. Blame will not get you anywhere good. Be happy with your progress and your results.
Pick up a motivational book and read it everyday to keep yourself motivated to keep going. Get a workout buddy to be accountable. There are many things you can do. Just remember - Do Not Quit!