Senior Lifestyle Writer
Getting rid of belly fat is not as hard as it sounds if one is focused and disciplined about the process. It may take some serious self control on your part but the results will sure be worth the effort! Here are 10 dos and don’ts you should keep in mind to get a flat stomach.
First things first, standing and sitting straight will improve your posture and the reverse will make you slouch resulting in the accumulation of more fat around your tummy. So, keep that in mind.
Have food every three to four hours. This will help you maintain a low blood sugar and a high metabolism. A low blood sugar will further ensure low insulin levels and prevent the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area of your body.
Daily reps of crunches go a long way in helping you achieve a flat tummy. But you need to complement that with a healthy diet as well.
Chances are that if you are sleep deprived, you will feel tired and keep craving calorie-laden junk food. So, ensure that you get at least six to seven hours of sleep every night.
Sugars will only increase the consumption of useless calories and slow down your metabolism, which in return will just be another hindrance keeping you from a flat tummy.
Having more salt will result in more fluid retention in your body and cause bloating. Food containing sugar can also have high levels of sodium and should hence be avoided.
An increase in stress and anxiety levels over a period of time can produce Cortisol, a hormone that especially leads to the storing of fat in the abdominal region. So try your best to remain calm in hectic situations, and practice deep breathing exercises to lower your levels of anxiety.
Don’t resort to unhealthy snacking - prefer a bowl of fruits or veggies instead of fried food, which even in small quantities can add inches to your waistline.
The empty calories from regular consumption of alcohol will only add inches to your waistline. An occasional glass of wine or pint of beer is fine, but keep the amount in check.
Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water, because when you’re dehydrated it makes your body hoard water. Hydration is of paramount importance when it comes to maintaining good health.
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