10 Must-Know Tips On How To Get A Flat Stomach
For me, it all started after The World’s Worst Hangover. I’d been out drinking with the girls for the fourth Saturday on the bounce, and all the wine and the mojito’s had finally taken their toll on me. On Sunday morning, I was a mess. My head was throbbing, my bones were aching, my feet were blistered, and my stomach was churning.
The next day, I still felt rough. And it was then that I looked at myself in the mirror. I didn’t like what was looking back at me. I had dark circles beneath my eyes. I had wine-coloured veins on my nose – and I had bit of a belly! When I turned to the side, the belly was even more pronounced. It was gross!
Had all my nights out given me a bulging stomach? Was all that junk food finally catching up with me? Had it turned out that I wasn’t indestructible after all, and that eventually my unhealthy ways would catch up with me, the girl who had always been seemingly eternally slim?
I was reeling, but I knew I had to do something about it. I wanted a flat tummy again! Over the next few months, I followed tips and tricks that helped me to trim my belly fat.
As it turns out, belly fat is actually really easy to put on but really difficult to lose. You can’t just change your diet, nor can you simply just exercise. You have to employ lots of different tactics. It takes time and effort, but it can be done.
Here are 10 must-know tips on how to get a flat stomach.
Eat During The Magic Hour
Is there such thing as a magic eating hour? You bet there is! According to health experts, dieticians and nutritionists, eating a protein-based snack between the hours of 3 and 4PM is a good idea. Why? Because it enhances your metabolism and properly regulates your blood sugar.
It’s important that you don’t miss this snack, because the better you regulate your blood sugar, the lower your insulin will remain. And is uncontrolled levels of insulin that leads to belly fat. Eating something healthy every three to four hours will keep you ticking over nicely.
Protein-based snacks might include an apple, a bowl of nuts, a piece of cheese, or a protein bar. Hmm, tasty!
Walk With Friends
We like to catch up with friends in the pub over a few cocktails or a bottle of wine. But if you’re looking to get a flat stomach, it’s a much better idea to suggest that you guys talk and walk.
Going for a walk with friends means you can socialise and exercise at the same time. It’s a fun way to lose weight!
Do The Ball Exchange
The ball exchange is a fun way to get a flatter stomach, and you should aim to do it around three times per week.
All you need to do is lie flat on your back while extending your arms over your head and keeping your legs straight. Then, hold your stability ball above your head, before bringing it over your chest. At the same time, raise your legs so that they meet the ball, before placing it between your ankles.
Using your legs, bring the ball gently to the floor and extend your arms back over your head.
Repeat up to 10 times for best results.
Making time for cardio is a good idea right now. Aerobic exercise is the best way to burn belly fat, and is perhaps the only form of exercise that can shift stubborn fat that has developed around your abdomen.
Eat Practically No Sugar
Scratch that – eat zero added sugar.
If you eat very little sugar, you will be keeping your insulin levels as low as possible. At the same time, your levels of glucagon will remain high – and this is a good thing.
Glucagon is a hormone that will land a helping hand in flattening your stomach if you let it. Glucagon’s role is essentially to buzz around your waistline while turning fat into energy.
The less sugar you eat, the less insulin and yet the higher your glucagon. In other words, The Perfect Equilibrium.
Add Fibre To Your Diet
Fibre, which is only found in healthy plant-based foods, is your essential nutrient when you’re looking to get a flatter stomach. According to experts, eating 10 grams of fibre each day ensures you carry around 3.5% less fat.
Fibre is incredibly satisfying and helps you to feel full for longer. You can find it in oatmeal, certain fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts.
Chew To Avoid Bloating
I used to suffer from excess bloating last year, and it was horrendous. After practically every meal, my stomach would bulge and I’d feel as heavy as a very heavy thing for at least an hour after swallowing my last bit of food.
During my mission to get a flat stomach, I was told that failing to chew food properly is what causes excess bloating. Digestion, after all, starts in the mouth. And if you don’t chew your food properly, you could easily end up with food that is poorly-digested. This, in turn, can cause bloating.
From now on, chew everything until it’s like minced meat in your mouth. Only then should you swallow.
Swap Coffee And Alcohol For Water
I know, I know. Swapping your vices for water of all things is boring. But it’s gotta be done.
Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means they cause your body to store more fluids in your abdomen in a bid to keep you hydrated. Over time, this creates the so-called “beer belly.”
Water keeps you properly hydrated without the need for fluid retention in your gut.
Avoid Table Salt
Many of us have table salt in our rooms, and it’s often a key part of our diet. Salt gives food flavour, and if you’re like I was last year, you probably can’t help being overly generous with it. After all, salt isn’t as bad as a sugar, right?
If you liberally sprinkle salt over your meals, it could be the number one reason for your swollen tummy. From now on, consider swapping salt for healthier alternatives, such as fresh tomato salsa, or even pepper. You could also get away with natural sea salt, but you should also avoid soy sauce.
Eat More Probiotics
Probiotics are known as the good guys in the world of bacteria. Yes, they’re a form of bacteria, but they enhance your digestive system when it comes to breaking down your food. They can help to ward of gastrointestinal issues associated with belly fat.
How to get a flat stomach? What are your best tips?