Spring has officially sprung and summer is right around the corner — which means we’re looking ahead to those inevitable days spent at the beach, where the not-yet-tanned flesh of our bellies might be exposed. It can be stressful, to say the least, to bare your belly at the beach. However, there’s plenty of time to get a jump-start on whittling your midsection so you can hit the beach with confidence come summer.
Here are a few very simple ways to trim your tummy in time for warm weather.
Evaluate Your Intake
Let’s say you’re tipping the scales at 220, and you have a mad desire to shed 20 pounds. Workout and weight-loss professionals propose the path toward losing that 20 lbs is simple as consuming the amount of calories appropriate for the desired bodyweight. Consult this helpful weight loss calculator to determine how many calories you should be eating on a daily basis to reach your weight loss goals.
Having said all that: There’s much more to losing belly fat that simply eating fewer calories. Quality over quantity is what matters most when it comes to losing stubborn belly fat. Which brings us to…
Feed On Fat
For too long, health professionals had us believe that eating fat would make us fat. Makes sense right? Wrong. In fact, experts now agree that a diet full of healthy fats can help slim your waist line. How? Because healthy fats not only make food taste good, but they keep us feeling fuller, longer, which means we’re less likely to overeat processed, sugary foods (the real culprit of stubborn belly fat).
Eat Like You’re In The Wild
“Whole foods” are so good for you, there’s even a prominent grocery store chain named after them. stores named after them. You want your diet to primarily consist of these clean, whole foods, a.k.a, foods you’d find in the wild; lean meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts, legumes, potatoes, fruits, etc. etc.
Note that you’re probably not going to find a pack of chocolate covered caramels, or sour-sugary powdered gummies in the depths of a forest.
Aim For Three Serving Of Veggies A Day (At Least)
Vegetables in all their forms are at the crux of a healthy and well-balanced diet. We can easily incorporate the good stuff (peppers, mushrooms, carrots, etc.) into our diets by cooking up meals that serve as suitable hosts: omelettes, salads, and even green smoothies. Having at least two servings of vegetables daily will pack your belly full of high-fiber and low-calorie fuel, keeping you feeling full and well nourished.