Losing tummy fat is really, really problematic. It clings to you like a bad relationship you don’t have enough willpower to end, but subconsciously, you do everything in your power to get rid of it. You try new diets, drink lots of water (good in any case!), and work out like there’s no tomorrow. But there’s little to no change in your waist size.
Did you know that indulging in diet soda, apart from not helping you lose weight, can also contribute to your growing waist? In the article below, we’ll look at the things that make belly fat this resilient, and you’ll learn which tiniest habits may be affecting the effectiveness of everything you’re doing to shake it off, because not only it makes you more self-conscious about your looks, it’s also damaging to your health.
1. You’re cutting down on the good fats
So you wake up one day and say, That’s it! No more fatty foods. We’ll tell you right away: It doesn’t work this way, because your body still needs the good, healthy kinds of fat to function properly. You don’t have to say no to nuts, olive oil and avocados, for instance. Those are healthy – and will help you lose weight!
2. Your mindset is your enemy
Emotional well-being is as important as eating healthy and exercising regularly. It isn’t too great when anxiety over your physical state mixes up with daily stress. A medical study has shown that women prone to sad moods and depressions tend to have more abdominal fat than their more optimistic counterparts. Relax and stop beating yourself emotionally for every misstep. You’re not late to anywhere, there’s enough time to turn things for the better.
3. Check your magnesium levels
Found in foods like nuts, whole grains and veggies, magnesium is your key to shedding those extra pounds. This element plays a vital role in balancing the levels of blood sugar and insulin in your body. So go for a quick check-up and try taking some supplements.
4. Yeah, about those diet sodas
There is a reason they’re called “diet,” right? Nope. Forget about sodas for good if you’re on a diet.
5. Still not exercising?
By the age of 50, your metabolism will change a great deal, and it will be very, very hard to try and lose weight. Not impossible, of course, but why wait? Take up some aerobics or dance classes regularly, watch your diet, keep your emotional well-being in check, go hiking or biking!
6. Eat the rainbow
No, we’re not talking about Skittles or other colourful junk foods. Include more “colourful” foods in your diet. Nutritionists have found out that yellow, red and orange foods help people lose weight. We’re talking about papaya, lemons, carrots, grapefruits, watermelons, pineapples, red peppers, red grapes, etc, etc.