What habits prevent you from losing belly fat: nutritionists' answer
Everyone wants to be beautiful and healthy. In fact, one is impossible without the other, because everything in the body is interconnected. In the struggle for beauty, we often try to achieve standard forms and put a lot of effort into fighting overweight. Drinking regime, advice from nutritionists, an active lifestyle - all this should lead to the desired result. However, sometimes it can be quite difficult to get rid of body fat.
Often, most of the excess fat accumulates on the abdomen, and for some reason, this part loses weight more slowly than the rest. We don't think about what really prevents us from achieving the perfect figure. The Eat This, Not That! magazine has identified the main bad habits that need to be broken.
Nutritionists claim that you can actually lose belly fat automatically. To do this, you need to adjust your lifestyle and stick to it.
Get plenty of rest
It is known that for proper rest and proper functioning of the body, you need to sleep 7-9 hours a day. Unfortunately, in the frantic pace of modern life, not everyone follows this rule without thinking about the possible consequences.
Studies have shown that, in addition to general harm to the body, chronic sleep deprivation can be associated with abdominal obesity, that is, excessive fat deposition in the abdomen. If you can't lose weight, pay attention to the quantity and quality of your rest.
Eat a healthy diet
The best diet is the one that you can make a way of life and stick to all the time. Only then can you get the best results and maintain them for a long time. Don't go to extremes, such as eating only low-calorie foods or protein, or completely giving up your favourite treats. Over time, this will only lead to nutrient deficiencies, as well as to breakdowns and overeating, and affect your emotional state.
Excessive training is also not good for the body, as it needs time to recover, and increased activity can only lead to exhaustion and injury.
Eat consciously and slowly
Eating is not just about satisfying hunger. It should be approached in a balanced and calm manner. Never eat on the run or while working, as this prevents you from realising that you are already full. Chew slowly, with pleasure, focus on the flavours and aromas, and remember that it takes some time to feel full.
Remember about the culture of food
In fact, it's not just what you eat that can determine your fitness and health, but also how you do it. There are indeed many misconceptions associated with food culture. For example, not eating breakfast or skipping meals slows down metabolism, increases hunger and forces our bodies to store belly fat for the future.
At the same time, we often tend to watch TV or read while eating, which can lead to overeating because we don't focus on the amount of food we eat. In addition, the timing of meals also matters - a late dinner only adds calories. Research shows that eating early increases the time it takes to burn calories and lose weight.
Another obstacle on the way to a flat stomach is the constant watching of cooking shows. Even looking at delicious dishes can cause excessive appetite and make you cook more or snack more often. If you can't give up your favourite programmes, control yourself while watching them.
Fall in love with greens
When it comes to healthy eating, we often focus only on protein and complex carbohydrates. However, greens contain just as many nutrients and minerals and are low in calories. In addition, thanks to their fibre, adding them to main dishes will help you lose belly fat and improve bowel function.
Drink enough water
The body needs enough fluids to function properly, and dehydration can be life-threatening. In addition, consuming water some time before a meal reduces the amount of food consumed and helps to lose excess fat.
At the same time, we tend to confuse hunger with thirst in 60% of cases, so before you eat, drink water with lemon or mint to add flavour.
Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks and salt
Carbonated drinks contain too much sugar, which is why they interfere with weight loss. Scientists followed 475 participants for 10 years and concluded that those who drank sugary drinks had a 70% increase in waist circumference.
If you like salty packaged foods, this may be the reason for your extra pounds. On the one hand, salt retains fluids in the body, and on the other hand, it disrupts biological processes that signal you when you are full. You can use spices or herbs instead of salt to add flavour to your favourite dishes.
Don't buy white bread
Fibre is an essential element for a healthy diet and a beautiful figure. Refined flour used for white bread, pasta, and baked goods is devoid of slow-digesting fibre. As a result, consumption of such products leads to an increase in blood sugar levels, as well as insulin spikes and fat accumulation.
Do not "eat" emotions with food
Sometimes, without even noticing it, we tend to eat negative emotions. In this case, we are too focused on the reasons for the experience and cannot control the quantity and quality of what we eat. If you have this habit, try drinking water or chewing gum instead of eating. In addition, it is a good idea to consult a doctor and find ways to calm down and deal with stress that are acceptable to you.
Celebrate actively, not tasty
Many people celebrate any event at a festive table. As a rule, during such events, we tend to eat a lot of junk food and alcoholic beverages. Of course, this can't help but affect your waistline.
Try to organise an outdoor celebration: treat your guests to fruit and vegetables or healthy snacks and offer to play tennis or swim in the pool. Such a holiday will have a positive impact on your figure and health.
As you can see, many factors influence success in the struggle for a beautiful figure. It is impossible to succeed by completely giving up your favourite foods or not understanding the combination of foods. It is difficult to maintain the result without getting rid of daily bad habits or establishing a work and rest regime. In the end, it is dangerous to be under constant stress because of food and extra pounds. Therefore, a balanced and calm approach, a healthy and active lifestyle, and following expert advice can guarantee not only a good figure for many years, but also improved overall health.
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