Of course the most obvious steps (and I must say, hardest) is to limit your food intake. I know we all eat when we are bored, this is a big NO, NO! Instead of eating when you are bored, eat when you are hungry. I admit this is painstakingly hard, so best thing to do is distract yourself with something that makes you concentrated or has you moving your hands. When we sit still for a numerous amount of time we long for something to do so unfortunately our brains turn to eating. Another thing I find helpful is brushing your teeth, nobody wants to eat food with a minty mouth. The most sufficient foods for targeting fat are avocado, nuts and seeds, oils, olives and dark CHOCOLATE, plus these are delicious!
I am truly sorry about this one guys, but eliminate gluten from your diet. Gluten is a big contributor to a bloated stomach. I totally understand, giving up gluten is hard. I persist you give it up for a week and see how you feel. Remember, there are many mouth-watering foods that don’t involve gluten.
Try to avoid soft drink and alcohol. In America 20% of daily calories consumed are from soft drink, not to mention the long term effects, diabetes, heart disease and kidney stones to name a few. Alcohol are just empty calories that contain no beneficial nutrients.
Step 4- Eat more fibre! For every 10 grams of fibre you eat daily your stomach will carry 4% less fat. According to the cancer council you should have:
– at least two serves of wholegrain or wholemeal foods
– at least two serves of fruit daily five serves of vegetables daily including legumes
– aim to get fibre from whole foods rather than dietary fibre supplements, the benefits of fibre may be from the combination of nutrients in food working together.
Now we are at your favourite part, I know this because its mine too… EXERCISE. Instead of going out to a restaurant to meet with friends, go out walking with them. This burns fat, plus you soak up some vitamin D. Another option is to join a gym. In my opinion its best to join with a friend, they will motivate you and make you determined to do your best. You can go for a long run or walk at least once a week. Remember you don’t have to completely exhaust yourself, usually when you do you feel reluctant to return. Just do a bit at your own pace, and have fun with it. Great fat burning exercises are boxing and aerobic kickboxing these especially work on your belly.
Remember, having a flat stomach isn’t everything. Every single one of you are beautiful and I cannot express that enough. Everyone is different and nobody looks the same and that makes you unique. You are not defined by your weight, or your looks. I am going to leave you with a quote from one of my most nostalgic songs by Groove Armada.
‘If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other’-Groove Armada
-Fair for Life