Perhaps you’re guilty of drinking a little more (and maybe eating too!) than usual this festive season. Well, you’re not alone. The holiday season makes us all extra jolly and of course, we end up celebrating by indulging in good food and drinks when we make merry with our loved ones. Unfortunately, this contributes to our waistline, and by the time the new year rolls around, we’re stuck with a beer belly. Yes, we know. Not the best way to usher in 2017.
But before you start panicking and depriving yourself of your favorite food and drinks this holiday, here’s the good news: there are some things you can do to stay in shape! Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways To Get Rid Of That Beer Belly:
1) Keep yourself active by constantly moving
First things first. You actually can’t target fat loss. But not all hope is lost, because you can actually lose overall fat – by leading an active lifestyle. Of course, you have to commit to a regular workout schedule and make the effort to remain consistent, if you wish to see results.
Not sure where to begin? Why not start by signing up for a martial arts class! It has been scientifically proven that martial arts is effective when it comes to melting away pesky fat! If you don’t already know, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in just 60 minutes of Muay Thai training! Besides helping yourself to get in shape, you would also be learning one of the most powerful and effective martial arts in the world and reaping some pretty awesome benefits.
2) Include strength training in your workouts
People have the common misconception that strength training makes them bulky, but little do they know that it is in fact the secret to burning more calories and shedding fat! If you only do cardio in an attempt to lose weight, and find that it isn’t very effective, then it’s time to change things up and start strength training!
When you strength train, you will not only be building lean muscle, but also speeding up your metabolism. The more muscle you gain, the higher your resting metabolic rate would be. That means you can burn more calories even when doing day-to-day things such as walking! It also helps to shock your muscles every now and then, by engaging in different activities.
3) Eliminate sugar from your diet
How often do you munch on your favorite sugary treats? Well, every time you take a bite out of that donut or drink your favorite soda (or cocktail), you’re actually adding inches to your waistline! This is because your liver gets overloaded with fructose when you consume a large amount of refined sugar, and as a result, is forced to convert it to fat. Research has found that large amounts of fructose can result in more belly fat.
Apart from that, sugar also increases your risk of getting certain diseases and even damaging your pancreas. So why not do your body a favor and ditch this toxic ingredient once and for all?
4) Munch on protein and fiber rich foods
In case you don’t already know, protein and fiber are essential components of a balanced diet. Apart from that, these macronutrients are also effective when it comes to melting away fat. Protein has been found to reduce cravings by 60% and can boost your metabolism by up to 100 calories per day while preventing you from eating up to 441 additional calories per day. Also, it plays a part in preventing rebound weight gain.
As for fiber, it also reduces unhealthy cravings because of its ability to keep you full for longer periods of time. Hence, you would be less likely to binge on snacks or junk food. Of course, it’s important to also get your 8 glasses of water daily, because it plays a part in maintaining a healthy weight.
5) Get enough quality sleep every night
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again. Sleep is extremely important when it comes to burning fat! After all, when you deprive yourself of quality sleep, your body’s cortisol levels will go up and as a result, your body’s ability to handle glucose goes down. Hence, you might end up feeling exhausted and craving junk food the following day. So make it a point to get enough quality sleep every night if you wish to maintain a healthy weight!
So tell us, are you ready to get into the best shape ever?