Does it feel like you’ve had a wobbly belly for as long as you can remember?
The good news is, you don’t have to live with a muffin top forever!
There are heaps of options when it comes to blasting stomach sag. Check them out below…
10 tips to help you blast away belly fat
1. Understand stomach fat
There are two types of fat which are found around your stomach area: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat (this means “under the skin”) is the fat you can see and grab, while visceral fat lies further inside your body and surrounds the vital organs in the stomach area.
Too much visceral fat is what forces the stomach outwards and is what leads to your stomach sticking out.
Although most of us are very self-conscious about the (subcutaneous) fat they can see, research shows that the visceral fat – in people of any size – could be the bigger threat to our health.
If you are a breastfeeding mum, then breastfeeding can really help you lose stomach fat as it can help your uterus go back to its normal size more quickly.
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If you are not breastfeeding – don’t worry – we have lots of other ways to help!
3. Eat healthy foods
If you are filling your body with more and more fatty and processed foods each day you won’t see your stomach fat decrease. By eating a diet rich in protein, wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and nutrients then your body will function better and eliminate toxins and fat.
Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy based drinks and beer make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and puts extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins. This extra pressure on your liver can make it very hard to build muscle which is key to losing belly fat.
5. Exercise your whole body
Sadly, there is no such thing as ‘fat spot reduction’ and we can’t tell our body to simply lose fat from a specific area i.e. the belly.
The key is to exercise your whole body and as you do your body will seek out excess fat stores that will be used to fuel your exercise session.
Spending hours doing cardio exercises will only get you so far when it comes losing belly fat. The real secret is to add a few strength-training exercises into your routine.
The most effective way to lose belly fat is to build lean muscle in its place. Muscle gets very hungry when exercised and the more you work them the more they seek out fat stores all over your body to fuel it.
Try and include major muscle group exercises into your routine to see your belly fat disappear – such as squats which work the bum and thighs
7. Keep yourself motivated
If you want to lose stomach fat you will need to stay motivated for longer than a few days. We all have times when we want to give up, but it’s important to push through the hard times because the end goal is worth the effort.
8. Get accountable
Take your measurements and weigh yourself. It is important not to only rely on the scales as it can be misleading.
But taking measurements and weighing yourself will give you a more accurate indication of your weight loss and tummy fat loss.
9. Try this Belly Busting Smoothie
Crank up the belly-busting powers of your Healthy Mummy Smoothiesand add extras such as chia seeds, cinnamon and oats to them to assist in losing tummy fat – here is one of our favourite smoothie recipes.