Summer Slim Down Tips
If you are looking to slim your mid-section this summer, reduce bloating and feel better overall in your clothing you are not alone! When women were asked what their biggest frustration was with their body the majority answered belly fat. The good news, however; is that implementing some basic strategies and being consistent with them can definitely help you achieve your goals when it comes to reducing belly fat. Try the tips below.
Eat Whole Foods
Pay attention to what you eat. Fill your plate with fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, healthy fats and lean meats. Aim to eat a balanced diet, ensuring you eat enough protein. If you have never taken the time to look at exactly what you eat on a daily basis consider keeping a food journal. Identify not only everything you put in your mouth throughout the day but also how it made you feel (e.g., tired, energetic, bloated, etc.). Keeping a food journal can be very helpful when trying to identify patterns and make changes. In addition, download my Fitness Pal and enter you food there. You can easily see how many calories you consume, how your macronutrients stack up and other factors such as how much sugar and fibre you have eaten. You might find that different diet plans work better and more effectively for you. Diets like Slimming World, Weight Watchers and Slimfast are all extremely popular, but they don’t work for everyone! It might be worth checking out the Slimfast review before starting to see if you think it would be worth it. Otherwise, we do recommend just eating lots of the right natural foods.
Get some ZZZZ’s
Stress is a major factor in losing belly fat and one of the easiest ways to reduce stress is get more sleep. “Lack of ZZZs affects levels of several hormones that influence appetite,” said sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. Therefore, getting more sleep can help not only reduce stress but make avoiding unhealthy food more manageable. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night. Studies have also shown that power napping can be very beneficial. Find a quiet spot sometime during the days and close your eyes for twenty to thirty minutes. If you are having trouble sleeping consider adopting a meditation practice, which can help calm the mind and relax the body.
It goes without saying that it’s important to stay active. Movement helps burn belly fat, especially any type of aerobic exercise. Try our 3 Total Body Beach Towel Exercises you can do at the beach, by the pool or in the comfort your own home. Make sure you pull the towel tight to create extra resistance. You can also incorporate HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) into your routine. HIIT training is a practice that alternates between intense bursts of activity and periods of less-intense activity or rest. HIIT Training has been shown to be very effective in reducing belly fat. HIIT Training often burns more calories while doing it and also continues to burn calories over the next twenty-four hours. While doing core exercise alone can be helpful, in isolation it is not the most effective way to burn belly fat. Core exercises help build muscle underneath the fat. So the good news is if you have been working out you likely have built some muscle. Focus on training that also aids in burning calories and fat to see visible results.
Total Body Beach Towel Exercises: Each exercise for 60 seconds
• Towel Squat to Row
• Lunge to Towel Rotation
• Superman Towel Pull
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate changes. Stick to your goals and you will see results. Not only will you physically feel a difference, you’ll also feel better mentally, experience increased energy and focus and develop a healthy mindset as a result.