Belly fat is a result of unburned calories that are deposited in the body. This bulging fat tends to sag overtime due to gravity. Belly fats are indeed undesirable that’s why more and more people are resorting to diet programs, diet pills, and expensive abs machines that promise instant results. Though some of this could work, losing belly fat the inexpensive and healthy way is the way to go. This article discusses the best ways on how to lose belly fat in the comfort of your own home.
The first and most important step to lose belly fat is by modifying your diet (If you’re looking for suggestions I can recommend Alwyn Cosgrove’s green face diet) and starting to eat foods that are low in calories. If possible, read the label at the back of food containers and take note of your caloric intake so you will know if you are going over the amount of calories needed by your body. Fresh fruits such as peaches, kiwis, and blackberries are low in calories, as well as vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Eating healthy does not necessarily mean eating greens all the time–you can satisfy your meat craving by eating healthy alternatives. This includes eating chicken breast without the skin, beef loin instead of beef brisket, pork tenderloin instead of spareribs, water-packed tuna instead of oil packed tuna, and Canadian bacon or lean ham instead of regular bacon or sausage.
Skip technology and spend more time on exercise
Technology makes our lives easier but it’s taking its toll on our health as well. Elevators replaced stairs, cars replaced bicycles and walking, and cable cars replaced hiking up the mountain; because of these activities, the calories we get from the food we eat become belly fats. Doing exercises greatly helps in losing the belly fats because physical exertion requires your body to burn the fat deposits so as be converted to energy.
The equipment used to workout with doesn’t have to be fancy or spendy. You can get a ton of mileage and training life out of one kettlebell.
You do not need to buy expensive workout machines to burn a good amount of calories. Vinyasa Yoga (a fast-paced yoga that follows the flow of breathing) burns 673 calories/hr, pushups burns 388-653 calories/hr depending on intensity, and sit-ups and jumping jacks burn 347 calories/hr for moderate and 622 calories/hr for vigorous.
And don’t think that your abs workouts have to be ridiculously intense. Focus on how hard you can contract the muscle, not how many crunches you can do.
Do household chores for fat loss?
Doing household chores are most people’s nightmare. But what would you say if you knew thatdoing household chores could help you achieve the abs of your dream? Again, the key to losing belly fat is by burning calories, some household chores are great calorie-burners. It’s true. There are actually lame old chores that can help you burn fat. Now, bear in mind that the following numbers will fluctuate depending on how exuberantly you throw yourself into your chores!
- Rearranging Furniture 510 calories/hr
- Shoveling Snow 469 calories/hr
- Washing car 347 calories/hr
- Mowing – push 337 calories/hr
- Raking lawn 306 calories/hr
- Cleaning the house 224 calories/hr
- Cooking 204 calories/hr
- Putting away Groceries 204 calories/hr
- Washing dishes 173 calories/hr
Do abdomen-specific exercises
Losing weight is the best way to lose belly fat; there are also specific exercises that will help in toning the muscle of your abdomen. Toned and strong abdominal muscles do not only look good but helps in reducing back pain and improves your posture. A good abdominal workout is the floor bicycle crunch, if performed safely and in moderation. As with most strength training activities I pursue, I would focus more on how intensely you can contract the muscle, not how many crunches you do.
How to perform:
- Lie flat on back
- Bend and bring knees up towards the chest; assume a bicycle position
- Place hands at the back of the head for support
- Slightly lift upper body so left elbow touches the right knee
- Do alternate moves with right elbow touching left knee in a pedaling motion
- Use abdominal muscles for movement and in lifting the upper body
- Do 1-2 set of 15-25 reps and do this as often as you can, preferably at least 3-4 days a week.
Going to the gym requires time, diet pills can have side effects, and commercial workout machines are expensive. Losing weight and losing the unsightly belly fat need not be expensive and dangerous; Simple diet modifications, lifestyle changes, and commitment to achieve the body of your dreams are great ways to lose the belly fat without compromising your time, health and money.