Belly is one of the areas women want to change for the better. Of course, we all dream about having a nice, toned body, but few people start doing something about it, but others don’t even try dreaming. However, it is not impossible to lose weight, even if you think so. All you need is some patience, perseverance, motivation and you will see the results within a few weeks. Of course, we need to adopt a healthy diet besides the exercising.
Eat, at least, 3 Hours before Going to Bed:
I remember, when I was younger, most of the health and beauty magazines mentioned that we should not eat after 6 p.m. And there were women that ate until 6 like there’s no tomorrow, went to bed at midnight and starved themselves. Probably, they endured this torture for a few days, but after a while, they lost control and started eating right before going to bed. The practice that we should not eat after 6 is totally wrong. The thing is that we should not eat, at least, 3 hours before going to bed. If you use to go to sleep at midnight, then your last meal should be, at least, at 8 or 9 p.m. When we eat, our body turns the food into energy that needs to be exhausted. But if we eat right before going to bed, this energy will turn into fat because our body doesn’t need it to function. And that’s it. So don’t torture yourself with starvation because you only will make the situation worse. Eat small portions but many times per day and make sure your last meal is, at least, 3 hours before bedtime.
Ask any fitness trainer and he will tell you that sleep is very important in receiving great results regarding your weight-loss program. Our body needs to recover from a long day of work, exercises and other stuff that we do during a day. If we don’t allow our body to rest well, it won’t be able to function properly. Also, the female body is prone to depositing fat in emergency situations, like starvation, lack of sleep and other. So, when we don’t rest enough our body gets a signal that something is wrong and it starts depositing fat as a protection measure. A normal, healthy sleep should be about 7-8 hours. Sleeping more or less is not a good idea, so focus on this numbers. Also, the best hour to go to bed is 10 p.m. I know that many young women at 10 p.m. are just getting ready for the night, but trust me, girls, this hour is worth 2 hours of good, relaxed sleep. Besides the fact that your body is going to be fully recovered, the feeling of hunger won’t be that sharp and it will be easier for you to control your appetite.
Water is indispensable in our day-to-day life. We need to drink water to stay hydrated; also, water helps us lose weight. Our body consists of 80% water, which we lose through sweat and other physiological processes. We need to replenish this amount all the time, or else our organs won’t be able to function normally, the brain won’t function properly, thus, we can have severe headaches. An adult should drink about 2 liters of water per day. This ensures the health of our skin, hair, nails and organs. Also, water cleans our body from toxins, drains away all the dirt inside our body, including fat. Isn’t that great?! We can get rid of belly fat only by drinking enough water daily. However, don’t drink water while eating. Instead, drink some green tea, milk or juice. Drink a glass of water half an hour before and after the meals, but not during the meal. Make this tip part of your lifestyle and you will notice amazing results.
In our modern world, we are usually in a hurry and have no time to cook the food and eat it at the table. Instead, we opt for fast food and eat it on the run. However, this practice is totally wrong. We have to enjoy our food and not to rush anywhere when eating it. Chew your food thoroughly, enjoy every bite and experience every flavor you have in your mouth. But why is it so important to eat slowly and chew the food totally? First of all, your digestive system will be thankful to you for small bites of food it has to process instead of large pieces. Another thing is that our brain sends impulses of satiety in about half an hour after we started eating. If we are eating fast, imagine how much food you will eat in half an hour, but if you eat slowly, you will consume a few bites and be full. Also, the food’s nutrients will assimilate better andy our body can receive all the benefits from each meal.
Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently:
We have this distorted thinking that if we’re going to eat less, fewer times per day or even starve ourselves, then we’re going to lose weight faster. However, this thinking is wrong. Our body needs food constantly, it to function properly. We need to provide it protein, lipids and carbohydrates daily, so it won’t starve and won’t start depositing fat. The secret is to eat smaller meals but more frequently, about 5-6 meals per day, including 3 main meals and 2-3 snacks. First of all, never skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it helps our body recover after a long night sleep. Having oats, fruits for breakfast is excellent. At lunch, we need to eat proteins, like boiled eggs, chicken breast, fish, nuts and other kinds of food with salads. For dinner, we should eat something lite. Remember to control the quantity of food and pay attention to its quality, and have the last meal 3 hours before bedtime.
As I mentioned above, we live in a modern world where everybody is in a hurry and has no time eating properly. However, you can replace the food with healthy beverages that will burn the body fat and provide the necessary elements our body needs to function. Green tea falls into this category. It is rich in antioxidants that will clean our body of all these toxins. Also, green tea contains caffeine, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) and other substances that boost metabolism and launch the fat burning process. You could drink green tea with the meals, and anytime you feel like doing it. Among green tea, you could make smoothies out of fruits and vegetables that will burn fat and detoxify the body. Experiment different combinations, like kiwi, parsley, cucumbers and peppermint. Check out the internet and try the combinations you like the most.
Get plenty of vitamin C:
It is known that citrus are great fighters with body fat. These products are rich in citric acid, which dissolves the fat and drains it out of our body. You should include in your diet oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruits and other fruits that fall into this category. Also, these fruits are rich in vitamin C that balances the Coriolis spikes that occur when we’re stressed. Besides, vitamin C boosts our immunity and protects us from getting a cold and fight with other viruses and diseases. However, don’t focus only on citrus in this matter, but widen the range of vitamin C rich products. Include in your diet chill peppers, tomatoes, kale, kiwi and other products that besides vitamin C contain other healthy nutrients. Experience with products; don’t be afraid of trying something new. You never know what beneficial effects you can discover when consuming a certain product.
Consume Many Vegetables:
Use greens in your diet, they contain fiber and fiber is a must for our body. Try to consume vegetables with your meals. If you have sandwiches for breakfast, then add some slices of tomato, salad leaves, some onion rings or garlic and voila, a healthy sandwich for breakfast. For lunch, make a salad of cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes; eat it with meat or eggs. Also, you could add some nuts to your salad, like walnuts or almonds. As a snack between meals, you can chew on a cucumber or a handful of nuts. Don’t forget, fiber is essential for the well-being of our body. Eat fruits and vegetables as many as you like during the day, at least 5 daily. Vegetables, especially those rich in fiber, will improve the digestive system, thus, preventing bloating. Also, it will be easier for your stomach to process all this food and absorb all the healthy nutrients provided by these products.
Change Your Snacks:
I know, I know, we all want sometimes to watch a movie and chew some popcorn, chips, biscuits and everything else. Although these snacks are appealing, we have to understand they are not healthy and should refuse them. These snacks are so delicious because they are full of artificial flavors that stimulate our flavor receptors and we can’t stop consuming them because we’re fooled by attractive flavor but zero use. Instead, have some nuts, like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, eggs, fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate. Yes, it is allowed to eat chocolate, but only dark with, at least, 65% of cocoa, only in the first part of the day and only a small piece. Dark chocolate contains cocoa, which has antioxidant properties, thus, cleans our body from the inside of toxins. Moreover, its bitter taste won’t allow us to have another piece because the taste receptors act differently when it comes to bitter and sweet taste. Switch to healthy snacks and you will see this was a good decision.
Eat Food Rich in EFA
As much as we would like to avoid eating fats and even stop consuming them at all, this is impossible. We believe that is we want to get rid of fat, then we have to stop consuming it, but the thing is that we need to consume fats for a proper body functioning. There are saturated fats, trans fats and unsaturated fats. As part of a healthy diet, we should reduce the intake of foods and drinks high in saturated fats and trans fats and substitute some of them with unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are also known as “good fats” and they reduce the cholesterol level. Avocados, fish, rapeseed, corn, sunflower, coconut oil and some nuts are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and should be included in our diet, as our body is not producing these fats itself but it needs to assimilate other vitamins and nutrients.
Top up your nutrients:
As mentioned in the previous tip, our body is not producing EFAs, but these fatty acids are essential for the proper functioning of our body. If you don’t like fish, or you can’t afford eating it every week, then you can buy dietary supplements that contain these EFAs, like Omega 3, Omega 6 and others. Also, in order for our body to receive the necessary amount of essential fatty acids it needs, we have to cook the fish at a certain temperature and consume a large amount of it. However, a pill or two per day of omega 3 fatty acid is enough to provide the entire amount our body needs. This is why it is a great idea and the best option. Also, you can take a hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplement to improve the level of acidity in your stomach, so it completely dissolves the food. If our stomach will process the food completely, it will absorb all the nutrients provided by the food, like protein, calcium, vitamin B, magnesium, zinc, iron and other basic nutrients.
No crash diets:
Women tend to think of a diet as something temporary. A diet usually lasts from 7-10 days to months. During this period we don’t eat sweets, have a balanced diet, work out, drink water, and do everything is said in that instruction. Of course, we will see results after a certain period of time, however, women will drop out everything and start eating junk food again and even gain more weight. The secret is to look at this diet as something permanent. Make a diet part of your lifestyle. Leading a healthy and active life is not that complicated as it seems. So, avoid crash diets, forget about this idea of starving yourself. As mentioned above, a female body is prone to storing body fat, and if you stress your body with low-calorie diets, it will start depositing fat thinking that you’re in trouble and you need to survive somehow. Find a common language with your body and you will see that the relationship between you two is going to improve as soon as you respond to its needs.