Get Rid of Your Belly Fat for Good
While it’s true that you can’t spot train your belly to get rid of fat deposits there, you can follow these simple guidelines to maximize your results in that area.
Understand that getting rid of belly fat requires a combination of exercise and diet. Doing one without the other won’t get you very far.
Break a sweat and do it daily. What’s the best exercise for targeting your waistline? It’s interval training — short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief periods of moderate exercise. Sound familiar? It should because it’s what we do at Synergy every day.
Incorporate weight and resistance training into your routine. It’s not just about cardio. No fitness routine is complete without weight training. Whether using dumbbells, resistance bands or your own body weight, strength training is a key ingredient to losing belly fat. Why? Strength training builds muscle and muscle burns fat.
You can’t outrun your fork. You can work out til you drop, but if you’re consistently eating bad foods, you won’t see results. Good nutrition is absolutely essential.
Crunches are usually the go-to exercise for targeting the belly area. But, for as effective as they are, most people hate them and they can get boring. Try these other belly fat blasting moves.
Nuts! A 2015 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that people who eat nuts as a snack have lower abdominal fat than those who eat carb-based snacks. Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios and the like are all rich in monounsaturated fats which make them extremely satisfying and good for your heart too.
Berries! Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all full of fiber – up to 9 grams per cup. And, they have more antioxidants and less sugar than most other fruits. That high fiber, low sugar combo makes berries perfect for battling belly bloat.
Eggs! Eggs are a great source of high quality, low fat protein which can help increase your metabolism and in turn burn fat.
Avocados! Avocados are another source of monounsaturated fats which keep you feeling fuller longer and prevent the storage of belly fat. Participants in a Nutrition Journal study who ate half an avocado at lunch reported a 40 percent decrease in their appetite for several hours afterwards.
Sweet potatoes! Packed with vitamin C, sweet potatoes help offset the stress hormone cortisol which is directly linked to abdominal fat.