Losing belly fat is one of the most common goals that people around your local gym will have. This is because belly fat is one of the most hardest forms of fat to get rid of. The fat cells that congregate around the lower abdomen area are called ‘beta fat’ cells, and are incredibly hard to get rid of.
So you’ve been exercising regularly and eating a clean, balanced diet. Although, despite your change in lifestyle, the fat around your lower abdomen simply isn’t going away. There are many reasons why the fat around your stomach may not be going away.
Why Won’t My Belly Fat Go?
There are many factors that can cause your belly fat to be even more stubborn than usual. Follow these tips in order to ensure you are burning fat around your stomach as efficiently as possible.
Try To Improve Your Sleeping Routine
It is common for people to spend their last few hours before sleeping in bed on their phone or having a coffee. These are only two of the many ways in which we keep ourselves up at night. The next day you are likely to still feel tired and groggy, although there are real health concerns that arise as a result of not sleeping enough. If you are not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, your weight loss efforts may be prolonged.
When our bodies lack sleep, our hormones get thrown off balance and this sometimes leads to changes in our hunger levels. We have two hormones that affect our appetite, ghrelin and leptin. These hormones are produced more when we don’t get enough sleep. The ghrelin levels increase and as a result, we become more hungry. In order to feel full, our body releases the hormone leptin, which decreases when we don’t get enough sleep. So, when we are awake, we eat more but feel less full. In order to combat against this, you can try to sleep earlier than usual and remove distractions that stop you from sleeping.
Workout Different Parts Of Your Body
If you are only doing exercises that target your abdomen, then you will not get rid of your belly fat anytime soon. Exercises like crunches are not very effective at getting rid of fat around the lower abdomen. In order to get rid of this fat, you must workout your entire body. This is because your body stores energy in the lower abdomen, so you need to target your entire body to get rid of it. We suggest doing a form of high intensity interval training for maximum effectiveness.
Swimming, running and other cardio exercises are great at burning fat, you should try to workout your entire body instead of isolated regions.
Lower Your Sugar Consumption
Sports drinks and sugar-sweetened drinks like soda and flavored waters can make it harder for you to lose weight. Fruits and vegetables are good for you overall, but some have a high sugar content, which can lead to unexpected weight gain. Low-fat options sometimes have high amounts of sugar, despite the low amount of fat.
You can try to cut down on the amount of carbohydrates that you eat like break and pasta, substituting these foods for healthier options like courgette. If you can’t get through your day without bread, then ensure that it is wholemeal and not white bread.
Eat More Protein
Protein is essential for weight loss, it helps develop new muscle tissue and retain current muscle tissue. It is a great source of energy and will make you feel fuller for longer than carbohydrates. The best sources of protein are tuna, eggs, chicken breast and chickpeas. If you are too busy to cook these protein-rich meals then you may find it beneficial to consume protein bars and pre-made shakes.
Track Your Progress
There are many apps and programs that make tracking weight loss efforts much easier than previously. It is important that you stay up to date on how much you weigh as it will give you a push to continue with your diet and workout regime.
Arguably the hardest aspect of weight loss is the slow progression, which causes people to become disheartened and quit. It is hard to stay motivated all the time, especially during holiday periods where you are presented with delicious foods.