Women tend to gain weight in a few special spots - our thighs, tush, face, breasts, and of course, our tummies. If a flabby belly is your problem area, here are some possible reasons why.
- You're Doing Crunches, Not Cardio - While ab exercises will tone your core muscles, they won't do anything about the layer of fat covering them up. Cardio is a must because it's the only way you can burn calories, which will decrease your overall percentage of body fat, and slim down your tummy.
- Your Cardio Isn't Intense Enough - While cardio will burn calories and help you maintain your body weight, if you really want to melt away unwanted pounds, you need to do at least 12 minutes (after warming up) of continuous, heart-pumping, high-intensity cardio at least four days a week in order to see results. Remember, interval training targets your waistline.
- You're Skipping Breakfast - It would make sense that eating less would help you lose weight, but you should never skip meals, especially the first meal of the day. Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, regulates your blood sugar levels, and gives you energy until lunch. Make sure your breakfast choice is high in protein and fiber to fill you up and eliminate the need for you to snack on M&M's mid-morning.
- You Follow the Three-Meals-a-Day Rule - Eating three meals a day was a standard way of eating many years ago, but the problem with this plan is that you end up starving by the time it's mealtime, which can translate to stuffing yourself silly with huge portions. It's best to eat three regular meals and one or two healthy snacks throughout the day. Spacing out your calories and eating every three or so hours regulates your blood sugar and controls the release of insulin that can cause your body to store more calories as fat.
- You're Kicking Back More Than a Few - The one-drink-a-day recommendation isn't just good for your health; it's also good for your waistline. Alcohol can add on hundreds of extra calories, so if you're trying to slim down your belly, ditch the alcoholic bevvies for a month or so, and you're sure to notice a difference.
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