So many men and women alike battle beer bellies and muffin tops. There’s nothing worse than going to put on a belt and seeing you have to add yet another notch or getting your summer clothes out and finding they just don’t fit like they used to.
Belly fat’s the worst because it affects the fit of all of your clothes, and it’s really hard to hide, too. It seems that our bodies choose to store fat in the most unflattering places.
Is Your Belly One Of Your Problem Areas?
It also seems like that weight is impossible to lose. As a lot of women complain, you lose your boobs and butt well before you lose stubborn belly fat.
1. Stop Stressing
It’s easier than it sounds, isn’t it?
But stress is actually a common cause of weight gain. This is because cortisol secretion increases when you’re stressed, and cortisol causes an increase in belly fat. If you’re thinking it’s impossible to lower your stress levels, read on just a little further.
Here are a few ways to do it:
2. Take Up Interval Training
Cardio is one of people’s least favorite words because it can just be so difficult but it’s so necessary when it comes to weight loss.
It doesn’t have to be torture, though. Instead of trying to rack up the miles on the track or bike or in a kayak, opt for interval training.
Interval training is simple: run (or bike, or elliptical, etc.) as fast as you possibly can for one interval (30 seconds to 2 minutes) and then jog or walk for the next interval of the same length or until you catch your breath.
3. Get Lifting
Everyone thinks about cardio when it comes to weight loss, but weightlifting is extremely underrated in this sense.
It speeds up your heartrate and gets calories burning fast.
It also replaces fat with muscle. Don’t be afraid of bulking up (you need a lot of protein and way more calories than usual to do that).
An increase in muscle mass also increases your metabolism, endurance, and strength.
Your body begins to burn fat for you more efficiently. In short, weightlifting is awesome for weight loss in the short term and long term.
No one wants more belly fat, but all too often it’s what we get. Hopefully these 3 steps will help you slash your belly fat. Do you have any go-to tips on getting slim?