I had shared an article about 2 weeks ago on how to get rid of belly fat part 1, click here to read it
This is the continuation of that article.
Do not avoid carbs completely, many people think this is the key to losing belly fat. FALSE! You need to stay away from white or refined carbs such as white bread, white pasta, cookies etc as those are the ones that spike you blood sugar quickly and then drop it, causing you to crash and binge on everything in sight out of hunger. Try healthier carbs such as quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread etc.
Supportive social network
Having a supporting social network could make all the difference. By having people who support your goals and can keep you on track, you are better able to achieve your goals because they can hold you accountable.
Think inches not Scale
Forget about the scale, sometimes you lose inches and gain muscle but your scale doesn’t change or keeps going up instead. If you focus on the scale, you would get discouraged. Check your progress by seeing how your clothes fit compared to before, take body measurements, and take before and after pictures. These are better ways to know how much progress you are making.
Hydration is essential to weight loss and belly fat. Drink water before meals, during and after and as many times as you can get it in throughout the day. You could infuse it with fruits if you just can’t take the water plain. By drinking more water instead of sugary drinks, you cut down your daily calories. Water also gives you a feeling of fullness.
Track what you eat
Find ways to track everything that goes into your mouth so you have an idea of how much carbs, fat, proteins and other nutrients you are getting. You may think you barely eat carbs or fat, but when you track it you may find out you actually eat a lot of them. Try weighing your meals or making mental notes of them daily. If you do not know how much you eat, you may be over or under estimating your meals.
When you are stressed, your body produces Cortisol, a stress hormone that slows down your metabolism. It causes your body to get into defense mode and try to store as much glucose supply as it can to compensate for all the hard work and stress you are dealing with. This leads to increased cravings, and obviously you won’t run to veggies or salads right? Most times we run to processed foods or junk food which then causes belly fat and weight gain. Sometimes, its hard to deal with stress, but its best to try to control the amount of stress you are under on a daily basis. Find the things that stress you and try to limit them. You can also commit it to God in prayers, whatever things you are going through that seem out of your control, hand them over to him to help you through. Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
One thing to note is the importance of baby steps, do not try to make all these changes all at once. Everyone has different lifestyles, being a mum, i understand that getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily is barely even possible, at least for me. Try making whatever changes you can and commit the rest to God. He gives strength to the weak and takes whatever burdens you may have as long as you trust and rely on him.
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