When that top button doesn’t quite fit you know you’ve got to do something about it. And those past few months where you’ve let the “diet” slide really need to be fixed.
Feeling a little sad? It doesn’t have to be that way.
Taking five simple steps can have a huge impact on your waistline without jumping on yet another one of those diets.
1. Stay hydrated
It’s a strange one isn’t it?
Keeping hydrated by drinking enough water (2-3 liters a day for most adults) doesn’t seem like it’ll have enough impact to burn through belly fat.
But, being adequately hydrated can increase your metabolic rate by up to 30 percent.
Your body also needs water to function and to remove toxins. Fats are toxins, so staying adequately hydrated really helps you lose weight.
2. Go for a daily walk
Going for a 30-minute walk every day has so many benefits.
Yes, it’s going to help you tone your body more (as long as you don’t consume more calories than you burn) and have a positive impact on your mental well-being.
Heading outside for a brisk walk will help your general cardiovascular health too.
Heart and brain health are important for everyone and if you’re a little overweight then getting your heart pumping faster every day is going to be a good thing.
Walking at a set time each day can also help you form a positive habit that will help you focus on your end goal.
3. Sleep well
Good quality sleep helps you more than you think.
When your body switches off at night this is the chance for it to repair. The nutrients you’ve been putting into your body are going to be used to rebuild tissue and get it ready for the next day.
What also happens during this phase is that the body will use fat stores from around the body if more energy is required to perform these tasks: great news for fat burning!
There’s also the added benefit that being well rested helps you wake up with a clear mind, which helps you focus on the day ahead.
You might also find that it generally gives you more energy throughout the day. Something that will be great if you’re into strength training and want to increase those numbers.
4. Eat more green veggies
Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli and bok choy are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K. They also have an abundance of antioxidants that help the body concentrate on other more pressing matters.
Also, due to their high fibrous nature and some containing phytochemicals they can help prevent bloating, and they’ll help you feel fuller after meal time (so that you’re less prone to snacking).
Vegetables are also seen as being a lot more healthy than fruits. Fruits contain fructose (sugars) that the body can quickly turn and store as fat.
The body finds it much harder to do this with green vegetables, so you get the great health benefits without the added fat-storing calories.
5. Eat protein for breakfast
Staying clear of the usual high carbohydrate breakfasts of toast, croissants, cereals or pancakes. Choosing a high protein breakfast will help get you set for the day.
Doing this will help switch your brain on and you’ll generally need less caffeine to get going.
You’ll also experience a lower amount of cravings for carbs (sugars) throughout the day and you’ll feel satiated.
If you wanted a protein rich breakfast then eggs with salmon, chicken and broccoli (or even some steak) is going to be best.
The above 5 tips to help you burn fat and shed the belly don’t involve major changes like going on another “diet”. You’ve probably fallen off a lot of them before anyway.
No. These are tips to help you make some tweaks to your habits to have a positive impact on your energy levels.
When you wake up in the morning you’ll have more energy, and, yes, reduce the spare tire around your waist.
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