9 Tips To A Flatter Stomach

A question I get asked repeatedly…How to get a flatter stomach? The truth is, you can do a thousand sit ups a day and it won't make a difference. It is impossible to target where to lose fat from on your body.
I am sure you have heard this before but it's the truth, abs are made in the kitchen!

Here’s my 9 tips to a flatter stomach;
  1. Do not skip meals – Skipping meals can cause your metabolism to slow down, it also triggers your body to build more resistance to insulin, which consequently causes it to store more fat than it usually would. Skipping meals causes you to obsess about food and make hurried decisions about what to eat. To reduce belly fat, eat more meals regularly. Chew your food properly and eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your stomach is full.
  2. Skip processed foods – Refined grains like white bread, pasta, crackers and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bellies. Make better choices when you can, whole grains are richer in antioxidants, nutrients and fibre and will help you to stay full longer and prevent spikes in insulin, which trigger belly fat storage.
  3. Cut out sugar – Sugar is your biggest enemy. Excess sugar gets stored as fat, making a flat stomach virtually impossible to achieve. By having less sugar in your body, it will keep insulin levels low and glucagon levels high. Glucagon is a hormone and the best friend you want by your side in the struggle of belly flat.
  4. Limit your salt intake – The more salt or sodium you eat, the more water your body will hold onto making your stomach look fat and bloated.
  5. Eat good fat – Yes it takes fat to burn fat. Think avocado, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds. Fats do not elicit an insulin response therefore they cannot be stored as body fat.
  6. Drink water – When you don’t drink enough water, your body retains water making you look fatter. Drinking more water prevents stomach bloating by aiding digestion and reliving constipation.
  7. Exercise – Adding 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week is not only good for fat loss, but it can improve your overall health.
  8. Good night’s sleep – Studies have repeatedly shown sleeping less than five hours a night for adults and ten hours for children is linked to an increased risk of weight gain. 
  9. Reduce stress levels - Stress triggers the body to produce cortisol, a stress hormone. It has been known to increase appetite in some and lead to belly fat storage. Find a stress reliving activity that works best for you, for example, walking, mediation or yoga.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
Take control of your life, rock on!

Until next month, Evie xx

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