Whatever it’s called—belly pooch, flabby belly, spare tire—we all hate it and we all strive to get rid of it. Not only does it zap our self-confidence, it additionally increases our chances of developing diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re looking for the best way to rid yourself of that annoying mommy belly, then look no further than the below tips.
1. Go for cardio.
According to many fitness trainers, if belly fat is your target of choice, cardio is the best option to shoot for. Although weight training is important to shape muscles and rev the metabolism, cardio helps to burn the layer of fat covering the abdominals and causing that mommy pooch. For best results, shoot for 30-60 minutes of moderate cardio (anything more than just a stroll) 4-6 times a week.
2. Eat mindfully.
You might think you’re eating healthy by throwing down a muffin for breakfast or munching on pasta for lunch, but these foods can contain partially hydrogenated oils and enriched flours, two major contributors to belly pooch. What’s worse? Studies have shown that eating foods that contain trans fat, like crackers, pasta and baked goods, can actually redistribute fat from other areas of the body directly to the belly.
3. Load up on good fat.
That by good fat, we mean MUFAs!. MUFA is an acronym for Monounsaturated fats, also widely known as MUFAs; and packing your daily diet full of foods high in monounsaturated fats like olive oil and nuts actually helps to burn off belly fat while keeping your ravenous appetite totally satisfied.
4. Drink more green tea.
According to a study conducted by the University of Alberta, people who drink green tea on a regular basis, (about 1½ cups a day), have been shown to lose almost 16 times more visceral fat (aka belly fat) than those who do not. The reason? Green tea contains a group of fat-burning antioxidants called catechins.
5. Get enough sleep.
Want to get rid of your mommy pooch while sleeping? While burning the midnight oil can be great for your career, it’s destroying your body. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night can actually disturb the biorhythms of your body. This disturbance can cause you to crave sugary and fattening foods. Losing sleep can additionally raise cortisol levels, causing insulin sensitivity.
6. Cut out sugar.
In addition to getting proper rest, avoid sugar whenever possible and replace those calories with protein, veggies and whole grains. With diet being 80 percent of the solution to blasting belly pooch, eating the right combination of foods is imperative to success.
7. Increase your protein intake
Did you know that almost 30 percent of the calories in each gram of protein that you consume is burned in the digestion process? On the contrary, only about 8 percent of calories from carbs are burned during digestion! So what does this mean? Pumping up the protein and reducing carbs, especially the bad ones, can help your body burn fat simply by eating!
8. Don’t forget dairy.
According to a study conducted by the University of Alberta, the consumption of calcium is linked to an astonishing decrease in belly fat. The study showed that consuming fat-free or low-fat dairy three times a day can actually slow down the body’s ability to produce fat. While the study doesn’t condone filling up on full-fat choices, it does suggest that tossing in a bit of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or even cheese sticks in their lower-fat forms, can help you lose nearly 10 pounds of belly fat over a 12-week period.
9. Try the 2-week Diet
If you are really determined to lose weight this year—for good—and you prefer a structured plan to jumpstart your weight loss journey, check out the 2-Week Diet.
The 2-Week Diet program has very similar eating and lifestyle principles to what my still slim great-grandfather adheres to.
It is created by Brian Flatt, fitness trainer to the celebrities.
At the onset, you may think because of the name, the 2-Week Diet is a quick fix and a fad diet. But that is where everyone gets it wrong. And I wouldn’t recommend these quick fixes.
With the 2-Week Diet, there are no “gimmicks” or “tricks”. You lose weight by learning to use your body’s own natural hormones and bio-chemistry. Your body is then conditioned to naturally jumpstart your metabolism and you’ll burn more fat at rest.
The 2-Week diet does not add more stress to your life with grueling cardio sessions and endless gym time. It does not force you to cut out carbs or fat completely, or starve yourself and make you feel miserable.
With the 2-Week Diet, you follow a specific meal plan for 7 days with a list of foods that you should eat more of and foods that you should avoid. You can even continue to eat the foods you love (think ice-cream and chocolate cake), although it is not recommended that you binge on them.
Women who have been on the 2-Week Diet have reportedly lost up to 20 pounds in the first 14 days, and have continued to lose up to 37 pounds in a month.
If you’re a woman who have struggled to lose weight in the past, I urge you to give yourself a chance to transform your health and body in just 14 days with the 2 Week Diet. Click here to read about how my friend Beth, a secret eater who’s struggled with losing weight all her life lost 63 pounds by following the 2 Week Diet.