If you’ve been struggling to burn off the last few inches of fat around your midsection and don’t know where to begin, read on for some of our top tips.
1. Drink plenty of water
Water not only keeps you satiated, but also contributes to skin, hair and nail health. Because water creates a feeling of fullness after a meal, you’ll be less inclined to reach for extra servings or dessert. To figure out your daily water intake, take half your body weight in pounds and drink that in fluid ounces.
2. Avoid second servings
While delicious food may tempt you to go in for a second helping, resist the urge. Avoid over-indulging to the point of discomfort and take the middle road – eat in moderation.
3. Switch up your cardio routine
If you’ve been doing the same exercises day in and out, your body will reach a plateau that you’ll need to break through. Shake up your fitness regimen to create a shock factor for your body. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one excellent way to keep your body guessing while creating an after burn effect long after your fitness session ends.
4. Eat more protein
Incorporating more protein and healthy fats into your diet are two surefire ways to speed up your metabolism while keeping you fuller longer. What’s more, extra protein intake will reduce your sugar cravings.
5. Eat extra fiber
Besides protein and healthy fats, another wonderful addition to your nutrition arsenal is fiber. You can eat fibrous foods, such as leafy greens and cruciferous veggies like broccoli or add flaxmeal and psyllium husks to your smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods.