While there’s no denying exercise and healthy eating are essential for a toned stomach, there are other factors that come into play. The smallest habits you implement into your everyday life can either help or deter your progress towards a slimmer waistline. Here are three of our favorite, easy tricks you can add to your daily routine for a flatter tummy.
Trick #1: Sleep Away the Belly Fat
A good night’s sleep keeps your brain focused the next day and reduces the chances of overeating. Your mind and body need sleep to reenergize for the next day. Not enough sleep means your body is lacking energy and will most likely seek that energy from food. Even if you exercise regularly and eat right, it may be hard to lose those last pounds if you are not sleeping enough. A study from the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived.
Trick #2: Savor Every Bite
Many of us eat while talking to someone or watching T.V., but distracting ourselves during a meal can lead to overeating. Be mindful of every bite you take and pay attention to feelings of fullness. Our bodies sometimes take a while to digest food, so eating fast can also lead to overeating and feeling too full or bloated. Avoid eating when you are “starving,” as you are more likely to overeat to satisfy that hunger. Another way to prevent overeating is by eating less more often. Instead of eating two to three times a day, split your meals into four or five smaller ones a day. This way, your hunger will be more satisfied throughout the day without making you feel too full or bloated after eating.
Trick #3: Add 30 Seconds to Your Workout Routine
Are you tired of doing all those crunches or sit ups? There’s one abdominal move that works the entire core, and it only takes 30 seconds to complete! The plank is one of the basic, yet most effective core moves; not only does it work several muscles, it also burns fat and strengthens the abdomen. Before or after your regular cardio exercise or fitness routine, take 30 seconds to complete the plank. To start, get into push-up position, with your wrists directly below your shoulders. Keep your back straight as you squeeze your abdomen and glutes. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Over time, you will build up more strength and will be able to challenge yourself by adding more time to your plank.
Need Help Flattening Your Tummy?
Healthy habits, exercise and a balanced diet all play a vital role in slimming your waistline. But even so, you may still see loose fat or skin in the abdomen. If this is the case, Ohio Plastic Surgeons can help. We offer both the tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck and customize each procedure based on a patient’s aesthetic needs and goals. To find out which procedure is best for you, schedule an appointment with one of our trusted plastic surgeons. Please call (614) 326-4661 today.
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