We all know how annoying it is when you suddenly realise you’re starting to have a bump and you’re not pregnant. It always starts from a very tiny bump and over weeks, it starts to show. You then have to buy bigger clothes just to accommodate your bulging tummy. We try to make excuses for it like ‘I’ve been eating late recently so it’d go down with time’, ‘I’ve had kids. I don’t expect a flat tummy’, or ‘No one’s complaining.’ Whatever your excuse, you know within your heart of hearts that you’d be better off with a flat tummy.
The advantages are numerous
- Your clothes will fit perfectly
- You’d feel better in your own skin (confidence booster)
- It makes you feel young
So, I’ve put together these tips, which will help you flatten that belly of yours.
Eat every three hours
Make Fibre & Greens your BFF
Research has shown that foods rich in soluble fibre (beans, fruits, vegetables, etc) help burn belly fat. Get at least 25 grams of fibre a day. Increase this gradually else you’d build up a lot of gas in your belly. Not only are vegetables like kale, lettuce and broccoli practically calorie-free, they’re also full of vitamins and are super-filling. Munching on these at lunchtime or for snack will make you less likely to eat something naughty and pudge-inducing later on.
Green tea is amazing, I can testify to that. Research has also shown that there is a direct link between consuming green tea and smaller waistlines. Green tea contains compounds called catechins that boost energy expenditure, increase the release of fat from fat cells especially in the abdomen and speed up the burning of fat by the liver, particularly after meals.
I have tried this several times and it works. Green tea quickens the digestion process, it seems to push food down. But be careful though, make sure you time yourself properly because as expected, you’d be visiting the toilet a lot more. If you have concerns about caffeine, you can get decaf green tea.
Drink plenty of water
Exercise in Bursts
Don’t binge drink
You know not to crush half a pizza before jumping in bed…but even munching on something healthy-ish at night can throw off your calorie-burning momentum. Ideally, while you’re sleeping you want your body to burn off your current fat as opposed to whatever you ate as a midnight snack. Make sure to fill up at dinner every night, and then banish yourself from the kitchen at least two hours before bed.
One of the top belly-fat-building offenders is stress—and not just because that bad day at work can make you feel like demolishing a pint of Cherry Garcia. When your body senses that you’re overwhelmed, it automatically starts producing cortisol—a hormone has been proven to disturb your body chemistry and stimulate extra fat-storage. When you’re feeling worked up, close your eyes and take long, deep breaths for about five minutes. You’ll immediately start to feel more relaxed, which should calm those hormones down and nix that belly sabotage.
Get enough sleep
Adults require anywhere from six to eight hours of sleep every night. If you’re always staying up late and aren’t meeting that minimum, you’ll throw off your natural rhythm, which can cause your body to start overproducing hormones (including cortisol). By getting the right amount of sleep every night, your body and metabolism will stay regulated—keeping you and your tummy in shape.