You’ve been complaining so much about how bloated your stomach keeps getting and how you’ve bought so many flat tummy teas and they aren’t working but does your lifestyle really reflect someone who wants a flat stomach?
Our habits and actions have their effects on our bodies and it’s not okay to just start and stop or look for the easiest way out, you need to put in the work too and this involves cutting out certain foods and habits. It’s not going to be easy but once you see your stomach in the end, you’ll realise that it truly is worth it.
1. Take control of your eating habits
You can do all the exercises in the world but if your diet is terrible, there’s no fat you’re going to lose. Processed foods like the fast foods, soda and chips contribute to your big stomach. Eat more fruits, vegetables and lean proteins and drink a lot of water. Water helps prevent that extra bloat and help boost your metabolism.
2. Add cardio to whatever exercise you’re doing
Cardio is any activity that increases your breathing and heart rate and it includes hiking, jogging, cycling and running. Cardio exercises are effective in trimming and strengthening a person’s midsection.
3. Eat more fiber
Fiber can help make a person feel fuller for longer, which can reduce the amount of food that they eat during and between meals.
4. Reduce your alcohol intake
Not only is alcohol full of empty calories, it also releases estrogen into the bloodstream which, in excess, can cause you to put on weight.
5. Reduce your stress
If it’s your job that usually stresses you out, start getting involved in an activity that counteracts the stress. Stress releases cortisol in your body which boosts your appetite.
Remember that it takes a lot of dedication to get a flat stomach, and, as always, it starts with a healthy lifestyle. Your stomach will not become flat overnight.
Sources: runtastic.com and medicalnewstoday.com
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