I hope all is well with you. I also hope that the weight of the world events has eased up just a little bit. I’ve been really busy but wanted to check in with you to see if you’ve been able to pick up the pace. I know most of us have been less active and too relaxed to move around and do ANYTHING, so it’s not surprising to discover that you may have gained a bit of belly fat along the way.
Abdominal fat is one of the most challenging to lose, especially as we age, but don’t worry! Challenging as it may be, it is not entirely impossible.
Here’s what we know. Having excess fat around the waist can increase the risks of health complications. Having too much belly fat interferes with our metabolism, which can contribute to insulin resistance, higher cholesterol levels, and heart disease. So, it’s really important to beat back abdominal fat for a healthier lifestyle and with the right plan, you could be bidding your belly fat goodbye in no time!
So let me share some of my secrets and personal favorites to getting those SEXY washboard ABS.
Give Yourself Better Food
In achieving any fitness and health goal, having a good diet is also a big part of the equation. Avoiding sweets, sugary drinks, and excess carbohydrates is key to a more balanced diet. While cutting back on sugar is easier said than done, especially when you have a sweet tooth, there are definitely ways in which you can make de-sugaring much easier.
Making sure you have the right amount of lean protein in your diet is one of the best ways to fight sugar cravings. Numerous studies have shown that people with more protein in their diet tend to have less belly fat, too. Choosing plant-based sources of protein also has the benefit of adding fiber into your diet.
Improve Mobility And Increase Aerobic Activity
Working out seems daunting at first because we have all these preconceived notions of what it should look like. Commonly, we associate exercise with punishing gym sessions. Let’s all do ourselves a favor and throw these ideas out the window.
The key is to shift this mindset by starting with exercises that you can sustain and possibly enjoy. It can be hard to start working out when you’ve been sedentary for a while. So, begin with basic mobility exercises just to get yourself moving. From there, slowly incorporate strength and flexibility exercises.
Concentrate on putting these fitness basics into regular practice first. What’s important is that you stick to it. If you’re a complete beginner like I was at the start of my fitness journey, you can contact me to privately help you or get total body workout videos to guide you through a routine.
Work On Getting Good Sleep
Sleep is fundamental to recovery and a healthy metabolism. While exercise is an important part of losing excess fat, your workout gains can be sabotaged by lack of sleep.
Good sleep also helps to regulate the hormones that make you feel hungry or full. Sleep deprivation can throw these hormones out of balance and can lead to overeating. It can also affect your mood, making you feel too tired during the day to do anything active.
Practicing sleep hygiene like having a regular sleep schedule and pre-bedtime routine, can greatly improve your sleep quality. Working on this habitually will not only be good for your belly fat, but will also improve your overall mental and physical health.
Changes won’t happen overnight, and there will be days when you feel like you’re not improving. But trust me when I say that every day you choose to sleep, eat, and exercise better is worth it in the long run. Be kind to yourself and take things slow at first. The only thing that matters is that you start and keep at it.
My Fav Quote This Month –
“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams