If you’ve ever met anyone who can eat anything and everything and still maintain a slim body and an awesomely flat tummy without exercising, then you know for sure that life is not fair. That’s especially more apparent after you’ve spent every single day of the last how many months at the gym trying to lose your chubby belly. Some people don’t even have time to go to the gym and just make do with a few minutes of running time every morning, a few crunches in between work assignments, or sit-ups in front of the TV set before bedtime. And then there are those who are just hoping to save enough cash to get some sort of procedure done to magically whisk away the fat.
Getting rid of stubborn belly fat can be a challenge. Whether you choose to do it by slaving at the gym or trying every crash diet known to man makes no difference. It’s even worse when you know that it’s a product of not-so-stellar genes.
A fat stomach can be very distressing and stressing, both. Unfortunately, stress can actually make your chubby belly even worse.
Stress make the body produce more cortisol. The higher the level of cortisol in the body, the fatter you get. This is because cortisol breaks down lean muscle. And it has the uncanny ability to converge around your middle. And voila! You get a flabby and chubby midsection.
But let’s not blame stress alone. Crash diets help elevate cortisol levels, too. That means no matter how much calories you take away from the diet, there’s a very good chance that your belly fat will stay the same.
So what can you do?
- Beating Belly Fat with Exercise
Be honest: the first thing you thought of after the mention of belly and exercise was sit-ups, wasn’t it?
Sit-ups and crunches aren’t fun. In fact, too many people will be more than glad to never have to do another one again. If you’re one of these people, then cheer up. There are ways to be rid of the chubby belly sans sits ups.
Even experts agree. Ab crunches may not be the best way to get a toned stomach anyway. It even puts your lower back at risk for injury. More effective exercises, those that target not just the abs but the obliques, butt, quads and legs as well, exist. Here they are:
- Lunge Twist
- Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees slightly. Put elbows at 90 degrees by the hips.
- Lunge forward with the right leg while rotating the torso and arms to the right.
- Rotate back to center and return to start.
- Do 16 reps on alternating sides.
- Lunge Reach
- Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees slightly. Place arms by the sides.
- Lunge forward with the left leg. Knees should bend at a 90-degree angle. Arms should be reaching towards the floor.
- Push off the left leg to return to standing position.
- Lift arms overhead.
- Switch and repeat.
- Jump Lunge
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Extend arms above the head.
- Lunge forward with the left leg. Both knees should bend at 90 degrees.
- Jump straight up but switch legs midair.
- Land with the right leg out front.
- Repeat, alternating sides.
When it comes to beating belly fat and exercise, remember, slow and steady won’t win you the race. Instead, go for an intense cardio workout for half an hour 5 days a week.
Not a fan of exercise? Don’t worry. There are a few more ways.
- Drink Wine
Unlike beer, wine is full of empty calories. Therefore, drinking a bit of the alcoholic drink won’t result in a beer belly. Some studies even show that women who drank a glass of wine daily gained less weight compared to their counterparts.
Be careful about over-imbibing, however. Drinking wine alone won’t make you lose weight at all. There are factors that will play a part, too.
- Sleep it Off
According to research and many studies, people who sleep less than 8 hours every night gain an average of 4.5 pounds more than those who get 7-8 hours of beauty sleep. Those who sleep more are also at a lower risk for obesity.
The reason? Sleep stimulates the hormones ghrelin and leptin. Those two simulate a feeling of satiety. Ergo, you feel full and won’t be overeating.
A chubby belly is usually not healthy. Worse, it can be hard to get rid of. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With some discipline and hard work, you can definitely beat your chubby belly away!