Stomach Fat. We all have it no matter what our size or body type may be. According to a 2011 statistic, about 90% of the United States adult population said they were not happy with their abdominal muscle tone, would like a flatter stomach and be able to lose unwanted stomach fat altogether. With summer just around the corner, here are five helpful tips to help you target the sleek stomach you’ve been hoping for.
1. Aerobic Exercise
Whether you’re trying to flatten your stomach or lose weight in general, aerobic exercise is a great way to shed off those extra pounds. Aerobic exercise raises the heartbeat and makes the lungs and heart work harder in order to meet the body’s increased demand for oxygen. When your body is working harder, you burn more calories and although you can’t “spot-burn” stomach fat, it’s usually the first to burn off while partaking in increased aerobic exercise. Examples include jogging, running, swimming and cycling.
2. Remove Soda From Your Diet
Did you know one serving of soda contains more calories than a large banana? Soda has absolutely no nutritional value and many of the calories in soda comes from high fructose corn syrup which our bodies do not know how to process and therefore turns to fat. Sure the soda may taste good at the time, but are the extra calories really worth it? When making a beverage choice, try opting for water or other healthy alternatives such as green tea or orange juice.
3. Don’t Starve Yourself
Many people think the best way to lose weight is to eat less or just not eat at all. When you put your body into starvation mode, the body slows down its metabolism to conserve energy. In essence, the longer you go without eating, the slower your body will lose those unwanted pounds. If you want to cut calories, eliminate those that are unhealthy and “empty.” A well-balanced diet with proper serving sizes and exercise is all you need to have a body that is lean.
4. Give Yourself 20 Minutes to Feel Full After a Meal
Did you know that it takes at least 20 minutes for your body to realize that it is full? When trying to lose weight, it’s important not to overeat. Whether eating a meal or just a light snack, eat slowly and take little breaks in order to know the proper time to stop eating. No one likes the feeling you get after you’ve eaten too much. Take your time; your food’s not going anywhere!
5. Strengthen Your Core
The muscles in your stomach are a part of a network of muscles in your body known as the core. Doing exercises that strengthen your core will not only burn stomach fat, core exercises also help improve posture. Examples of core workouts include crunches, side bends and sit-ups. A well-defined core shows strength and health in a person.
This blog post is by Stephanie Saccente, our Campus Ambassador from San Diego State University. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @itsstephxo.