How To Get Rid Of Your Gut

Belly fat is probably the most difficult kind of fat to get rid of. It seems like no matter how many crunches you do at the gym, how many diets you put yourself through, that annoying gut is still there. The truth is, you are probably going about it all wrong. Here’s how to actually get rid of your belly fat.

1. Do some cardio

Crunches and situps are great for building muscle, but you are not going to be able to see it under a layer of fat. If you want to get rid of your gut, you need to get moving. When it comes to exercise, cardio is the most efficient way to burn fat. And there’s no such thing as “localized fat burning”, your body will use up its reserves as it sees fit. Do short bursts of exercise throughout the week. Engage different sets of muscles. Start walking more often. All of this things will help more than doing one thousand situps one night a week.

2. Relax

Recent studies show that high levels of cortisol leads to increased fat storage in the midsection of your body. And stress does a great job at spiking your cortisol production. When you are stressed and release cortisol and other similar hormones, your body holds on to the fat in your abdomen and breaks down lean muscle instead. So take a break, sip a cup of tea and breathe. And go to bed earlier, sleep deprivation affects your cortisol levels and it makes you crave sugary foods.

3. Get rid of sugary snacks

Sugar is your number one enemy. If you want to reduce your belly fat, you need to maintain a healthy diet. Start eating a protein-rich breakfast every day and change your snacks to healthier options like nuts, that will keep you full for longer. You can also try to incorporate whole grain foods and more vegetables in your diet, to add healthy fiber to your life.

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4. Skip the fad diets

Fad diets and every “lose weight now” solution are some of the most unhealthy things you can do to your body. Not only you will bounce back and gain every pound you lost, but they can actually increase the fat stored in your gut. This is because these kinds of diets tend to be stressful and stress raises your cortisol levels. As we know, cortisol increases your belly fat. To safely lose weight, your best bet is always lifestyle changes. Start slow and follow your own rhythm. You don’t need to start eating nothing but broccoli and running ten miles a day tomorrow, but maybe skip the sugar in your coffee and walk to the store instead of driving there.

5. Get some vitamin C

Vitamin C will help you balance your cortisol levels when you are stressed, but that’s not all. It is also really effective at helping your body burn fat efficiently. Several studies have shown that vitamin C will help you lose weight faster when exercising, so drink your orange juice!

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