Burn Fat and Get Flat with These 3 Tips
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For lots of dieters and exercise nuts, the flat stomach is the ultimate goal. To go from beer belly to washboard is great for your self-confidence as well as your health. And, hey, you’re looking good too!
There are lots of practical things you can do to help your wobble give way to a sculpted waist, but here are just a few things that you might want to think about between sit-ups.
Not the first thing you might think of, but water, tea, coffee and other no-calorie drinks are great for helping you to achieve your flat stomach. When you are fully hydrated, you will have more energy and be less inclined to snack.
Here’s how it works:
You may not feel dehydrated, but if you find yourself constantly craving foods, you might well be. It is a really common error to mistake thirst for hunger and, while this confusion is down to your body giving you mixed signals, you need to be aware of how much you should be drinking to avoid overeating.
The usual recommendation is to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day which is around 2 liters. However, recently there has been some debate about this and now there are new recommendations that men should be drinking around 13 glasses and women around 9. This difference reflects the difference in body size and weight as men are usually bigger than women.
The most important thing, though, is that you drink enough for you. Even if you are a small, thin woman, you might find that you feel best drinking more than those 9 glasses and this is great. There is really very little reason to worry about drinking too much. Most people are dehydrated rather than over-hydrated and drinking too much water is a rare problem to have. In fact, it takes gallons and gallons of water before your kidneys start to struggle. So, if you’re still feeling thirsty - drink more!
The bottom line: drink more, eat less, feel better.
Pile In On Proteins
Protein is basically the foundation of your diet. It fills you up and gives you everything you need to build muscle. Plus, when you’re eating so much protein, you are less likely to need the extra carbs and fats that would have filled you up before (for about 10 minutes, that is!). Ideally, aim for 30% protein, 40% carbs and 30% fat for your flat stomach to materialise.
There are plenty of ways to get protein and there’s no reason for any dietary requirements to get in the way. Lean meats, fish, eggs, tofu - they are all full of the good stuff. Other ways to get proteins include beans and rice (which together make up a full protein), pulses and peas. And of course, you can buy protein shakes to supplement your healthy diet.
Protein isn’t the only way you can hack your diet for better results though. You could try buying a thermogenic fat burner to really make the most of your diet and speed the whole weight loss process up. This supplement aims to give you more energy so that you can exercise more and to boost your metabolism in order to reduce fat and help you build lean muscle.
Squeeze in More Work Outs
There are a lot of myths about the best way to workout and what you should be doing. People tend to place more emphasis on cardio workouts like running or swimming than they do on weight training but lifting will actually help you to build muscle and could easily burn more calories minute for minute than a run.
The reality is that a mixture of regular workouts - even if they are only in 30-minute bursts - is the best thing you can do. Squeeze in a run before work or go for it on a weekend instead of lazing about. When you do a range of different activities throughout the week, you will be more inclined to do exercise more than if you stick to the same old boring run.
Another myth that catches people out is the idea that you should do cardio on an empty stomach to burn more fat. This really isn’t true at all. In fact, cardio on an empty stomach could be doing more damage than good as it could cause muscle loss. A high protein meal or shake is ideal for setting you up for a workout or, if you really just prefer working out on empty, feed up soon afterward to recover quickly.
Above all, a flat stomach requires hard work, good diet and determination. So get going!
You can do it!