We’re on a journey to self-improvement, and we all have specific parts of the bodies we’re trying to work on. Some women want lean, long legs. However, some of you might be trying to lose belly fat instead.
Belly fat is a common problem for women. Many ladies want to burn the fat in their lower abs and love handles. If you want to slim down, but you’re struggling to lose belly fat, keep reading. These problems might be holding you back:
Eating when you’re hungry is essential to a healthy, lean body. Being hungry is never any fun! But, it is so, so easy to eat mindlessly when you’re bored, stressed, or binge-watching Gilmore Girls (please don’t try to follow their eating habits!).
When you think you’re hungry, stop yourself. Drink some water, and then re-evaluate your stomach cravings in 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry, pick something healthy to snack on. Here are a few easy, healthy snacks to go for:
Here’s one tip: Portion out what you’re going to eat ahead of time. That entire bag of pretzels in front of you won’t close itself!
In my experience, a little extra stomach fat and drinking lots of alcohol often go together. Remember, I don’t believe you need to totally get rid of your Rosé. You can read more about my thoughts on drinking here.
But alcohol is full of empty calories that will never fill you up. Plus, we all know it often leads to that mindless snacking we talked about already.
It isn’t just the extra calories with alcohol that contribute to belly fat. The infamous “beer belly” is real. Alcohol impacts your midsection more than the rest of your body.
Are you looking for a flatter stomach in 3 days or even a week? Weight loss and creating a lean body takes time and patience. Remember, Victoria Secret models train and watch their diets every single day, not just for a short period of time.
I understand the desire to change your body quickly. Seeing physical changes is so exciting! Unfortunately, expecting quick results can just slow you down. It is easy to get discouraged when you don’t see the fat falling off after a few days. Stick with it! You can do it!
You guys know I love my cardio as it is so great for leaning out your legs and keeping a slimmer look. But doing cardio only will not get rid of belly fat.
To get rid of belly fat, you need to do resistance training. Any type of resistance training helps (even if it’s on the lighter side, such as Pilates). But generally, HIIT gets the quickest results. In my personal experience, high intensity cardio such as running also helps a lot. This is because it burns SO many calories.
I also make sure to include ab exercises in my workout routines. Some people say that they don’t need to do ab work to see definition (and this can be true if your workouts consist of heavy lifting and Crossfit). But I prefer to do ab exercises because:
As always, make sure you know your body type. I have a free body type quiz that will help you learn how to exercise and eat to get the best possible results :)
If you aren’t losing your belly fat naturally, you need think through your diet. Snacking can play a role in this, but so can your larger meals.
I plan out what I’m going to eat ahead of time and buy my groceries accordingly. This not only saves time, but you’re less likely to snack on junk food if you’ve already got this delicious healthy food in your house! This is key to getting rid of your stomach fat and getting flat abs.
In order to truly slim down, make sure that you’re:
I follow an 80/20 rule when it comes to eating. I eat clean 80% of the time. However, I also enjoy things like dark chocolate, too.
If you want to try and eat more healthy but you aren’t sure where to start, you can download my 7 Day Lean Legs Meal Plan here.
If your stomach only seems bigger at the end of the day, after a big meal, or on your period, you might not have stomach fat to lose. Instead, you might just be bloated.
Bloating affects everybody at some point in their lives. Here are some things to do when you’re stomach is puffy:
Losing belly fat requires a healthy lifestyle, so it won’t happen over night. To get the best results, make sure you’re eating healthy food, exercising properly, and drinking lots of water. You CAN reach your goals!