When most people complain about their body, they seem to target one area mainly: their core. A flat, washboard belly is something we all strive for – and it comes easier to others than it does to most. It’s true that everybody’s physical build is designed differently, but it’s also true that there are ways to rid yourself of your gut forever. With motivation, dedication, and a will to get in shape, you can follow these tips and be well on your way to a flatter stomach core:
Eat smaller portion sizes at mealtime
Whether you eat five small meals a day or can only bring yourself to eat two meals a day, the biggest step in shedding your belly fat is to reduce the sizes of your meals. Instead of two cups of pasta at dinner, reduce it to one cup. Because your body may be used to large portions, cutting back on the meal size may leave you feeling hungry still even after you have eaten. If this is the case, slowly cut back, but make sure to set milestones so that gradually, your portions will become smaller. Choose to eat many meals a day, or fewer meals a day; it’s up to you, just as long as you reduce the amount of food on your plate. Once your body gets used to this habit, it will get full faster, and you won’t be consuming as much as before. This will help you get a flat belly, and keep it, if you incorporate this practice into your everyday life.
Calorie count, but don’t overdo it
Sure, calorie counting can help you keep track of what you’re eating, and can improve your food choices. But many people get too focused on calorie counting, thinking that it’s the key to making or breaking their diet. However, it’s the total calorie balance that really counts. Choose what you want to eat in moderation, taking the calories and nutrition info into consideration. If you feel like eating bread that day, have a slice – but don’t overeat. The key in calorie counting is to determine how much calories you have consumed versus how much calories you have burned through workout and physical activity. The logic is: calories are energy, and if you eat more calories than you need, the rest will turn into fat that gets stored in your belly. So go ahead, eat a high-caloric food, but make sure you use that energy later on!
Hydrate with Lemon Water
Skip the sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas, and juice. When you’re thirsty, your body needs water for hydration, and you need to exercise all your willpower to opt for water instead of reaching for the high calorie, sugary drinks. It’s often difficult for people to drink solely water, so try flavoring it with lemon juice. Simply squeeze a slice of fresh lemon into your water bottle, or use a few drops of lemon juice – whichever you prefer. It adds a fresh citrus flavor to otherwise plain-tasting water, and it’s a great low-calorie drink choice. Sip on your lemon juice water to keep your caloric intake in balance since one lemon wedge has only one calorie. The lemon juice in your water can also boost your metabolism, which allows your body to burn more calories, according to LiveStrong.
As we discussed in the previous paragraph, burning more calories equates to burning more belly flat! If you’re on the go during a busy work week, take some extra time the evening before to prepare your lemon water. Fill a transportable drinking bottle with water, then toss in a lemon wedge, and leave overnight. The lemon wedge will steep in the water, allowing it to infuse with power-packed flavor.