With the new year many of you have, no doubt, resolved to lose weight and become more physically fit. While many of us have probably added a few extra pounds over the holiday, and are not looking to shed them here are a few tips to help you do just that.
First,there are a lot of annoying gimmicks about how to get rid of belly fat. While there's no "magic bullet" that will target abdominal fat in particular, we'll outline a few proven strategies that can make the spare tire go away.
Melt fat with grains. A diet rich in whole grains changes the glucose and insulin response in your body, which hastens the melting of fat, and visceral fat, that deep layer of fat, is easier for your body to burn than the subcutaneous fat under your skin (the fat that you can see and grab).
Try to avoid "white" grains. For instance, purchase brown wheat bread instead of over-processed white bread, and favor wild brown rice over white rice.
Eat breakfast. It might seem counterproductive to eat if you're trying to lose weight, but studies show that eating breakfast within an hour of waking up keeps your insulin levels steadier and your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) levels lower.
Drink plenty of water. Studies suggest that consistently drinking water throughout the day can lead to a more active metabolism, regardless of dieting. Additionally, drinking more water helps your body flush out waste and toxins and improves your overall health.
Get a pedometer and try to increase the number of steps you take each day.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk instead of driving.
If you have sedentary desk job, stand up and walk for 30 steps every 30 minutes.