Losing belly fat can sometimes seem like an monumental task... especially when confronted with ads for expensive programs that make it seem like the only way to lose weight is to buy into their product. The truth is, losing weight is very simple. No fad diets, no fictional success stories, no astronaut food. The human body is a perfect machine built to sustain you throughout your life, and all you need to do to create your own ideal self is get back in touch with it by changing the way you live through these simple steps: change your diet, exercise, get enough sleep, and reduce stress. Yes, change can be difficult, but think of what your life (and you) could look like 6 months from today if you commit to that change, and you will see that it will be well worth it.
The first key to eliminating belly fat is to clean up your diet. Cutting out foods such as refined sugars, alcohol, soda (even and especially diet soda), and bad sources of fat (think any kind of fast food, chips, pizza, candy, ice cream...) is crucial to your success. After you've done this, you can incorporate healthy foods into your diet that will not only make you feel great but look great.
- water (drink at least 8 glasses per day)
- raw almonds
- olive oil
- green tea
- black beans
- wild-caught salmon
- whole grains
- green vegetables
- dark chocolate
The second ingredient in the recipe to burn belly fat is to workout. Aim for 30 minutes of cardio 5 times per week and some kind of strength training 3 times per week (i.e. do cardio Monday-Friday and strength training on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).
For example, after your cardio workout, follow this yoga inspired series for a flat belly:
- side plank
- boat pose
- swaying warrior
- scale pose
The third essential to eliminating that belly pooch is getting an adequate amount of sleep each night. Studies have shown that people who get enough sleep (a typical person needs between 7-8 hours per night) gain less fat over time.
The last way to lose weight naturally is to reduce stress. In today's world, it may seem impossible to avoid sources of stress, but learning how to handle them will not only help you lose weight, but it will make you healthier and happier.
Ways to reduce stress:
- do more of what you love with the people you love
- spend time in nature