Working out and remaining consistent can be very challenging. Believe me, when I tell you I’ve worked out, stopped, and done the cycle again.
You work out, follow a strict diet, feel like you’re on top of the world, and then relax. By the end of two weeks, your body starts acting weird and you realize you have to keep exercising. But you’re not ready for the heat and muscle strains.
Lucky for you, here are ten ways you can lose belly fat without exercise:
- Drink a lot of water
According to John Hopkins University, drinking a lot of water, especially before food, aids weight loss in a number of ways. Taking water thirty minutes before a meal helps you to feel full much faster and this means that you will take less food than usual. This will help you to lose belly fat in the long run.
- Eat protein-rich foods
Proteins have been found to increase feeling full and reducing hunger. You can increase protein intake by adding chia seeds to your morning cereal or salad. Eggs are also great sources of protein and hence a good addition to your meal plan if you want to lose belly fat.
- Use meal replacements like smoothies
Smoothies are purely whole fruits and vegetables. Weight loss smoothies are also called Detox smoothies because they do just that, flush out all the harmful substances in your stomach. Not only are these kinds of smoothies good for weight loss, but they also bring better sleep and can even clear your skin. Try this simple weight loss smoothie.
- Avoid stress
Different people deal with stress in different ways. There are people who resort to eating whenever faced with rough times. If you’re one of such person, you need to avoid things that make you stressed. Practicing or increasing the number of times you do things that you love such as: singing, dancing, playing an instrument, baking.. etc. can be one way to help you manage stress.
- Avoid sugary drinks
Belly fat and sugar are two things that don’t mix. Once your aim is to lose weight, you must stay away from processed sugars. These are usually found in beverages like soda and beer. The high-calorie content of such drinks promotes weight gain and that is a road we don’t want to take.
- Reduce the amount of food per serving
If you have been eating two spoons of rice, consider eating one or one and a half. Cutting down on the amount of food you eat in a serving also helps to lose weight as you’ll be eating fewer calories on each meal.
- Have enough sleep
Having adequate sleep had been linked to aiding weight loss. Failure to sleep causes an imbalance in appetite-regulating hormones such as leptin and ghrelin, making you feel more hungry and hence causing you to eat more than you normally would.
- Use small plates
We have been brought up with a mindset that tells us to finish our food. Leaving food on a plate is usually seen as bad manners especially in most African countries. This is where using a small plate comes in.
It will help you take a small amount of food and also not be worried about leaving food. On the other hand, big plates could make your serving look small and prompt you to add more on the plate, which would mean eating way too much that what’s required.
- Eat more healthy snacks
We love snacks because they are easy to get and are readily available. More often we turn to fried foods for snacks, but these promote weight gain and increased belly fat. That’s why you have to start having healthy snacks such as plain yogurt, fiber-rich fruits like bananas, apples, and high fiber vegetables like carrots and cabbages.
- Take your time while eating
Like many other activities of the body, hunger is also controlled by the brain. When you’re having a meal, take time to chew your food thoroughly. This will not only help your system to digest the food properly but will also make you eat slower. This gives time for your brain to process that you have had enough to eat and you’ll feel hungry no more.
At the end of the day, the goal is to feel good in your skin, so you’ve got to do what it takes to achieve that which makes you happy. Belly fat is the hardest kind of fat to lose so it’s surely going to take time. But if you’re committed to this goal, you’ll soon start seeing progress. And remember, no progress is small progress.