Tummy fat! It’s a constant struggle to lose, isn’t it?
In fact, The Healthy Mummy ran a survey with over 5,000 of our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge members recently and found that belly fat loss was the number one concern for members!
It’s no surprise, as stomach fat is hard to target yet it’s where the female body tends to accumulate it the most.
So, it’s time to fight back and that starts with education. We’ve compiled a list of 7 tricks and tips to help you win the war against the belly bulge.
How to lose tummy fat
Tummy fat is the most troublesome place to lose fat from and as mums, it causes us many issues as we gain lots in that area during the process of having our bubs.
So, what are some of the tummy fat exercises and tummy fat burning foods you should use for belly fat loss? Keep reading to find out.
1) Eat clean
It’s all about eating food as close to natural as possible and reducing your processed food intake. This means plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep us full and healthy while keeping our sugar and simple carb intake down. Try recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge including this 5 Ingredient Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl.
Focus on exercises targeting the stomach and core. While you can’t ‘spot reduce’ stomach fat, regular intensive exercise, even for a few minutes a day, can help you reduce fat around the tummy.
Don’t know where to start? We make it super easy! Simply follow the guided exercises in our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app for tips, videos and exercise routines to burn the belly fat.
3) Eat foods that reduce bloating
Often, bloating may be the real issue, rather than stomach fat itself. Eating certain food and drink can go a long way to reducing bloating that can make you feel frumpy. Tummy fat burning foods include fennel seeds, asparagus, avocado, garlic, green tea, kimchi and blueberries.
See our other blog, the best foods and drinks to blast belly fat here, for more info.
Spotlight: Tummy fat burning food example
4) Fire up that metabolism
Utilise common tummy fat burning ingredients such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, chilli, turmeric and cumin in your diet. These foods ignite your metabolism, turning your body into a fat loss machine.
5) Protein, protein, protein!
Lean protein (with less fat) keeps you fuller for longer, which reduces the likelihood of reaching for a sugary snack after your meal, which aids in belly fat loss. Think nuts, salmon, lean meats (such as chicken and turkey), tofu, eggs, yogurt, tuna and certain cheeses. Try this tasty Salmon Pizza from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
6) Increase your heart rate
You don’t need an expensive gym membership!
Any exercise will help increase your calorie expenditure, so get moving! Chase the kids around the park, walk to the beach, stroll to the shops instead of driving, dance around the lounge room or use the multitude of exercises routines from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App.
Every little bit counts. Keep as active as you can every day to really get your heart pumping and your energy firing so help stomach fat reduction.
7) Reduce sugar and fat & increase fibre and protein
Sugary, fatty foods (like doughnuts, chocolate biscuits, pastries, cakes, and every other little treat) leave your body feeling unsatisfied and lethargic – you want more and more as they just don’t fill you. It’s why they often call these empty calories.
Reduce your intake of these foods and instead choose high fibre and high protein foods that will leave you feeling energised and satisfied – thus less likely to overeat.
Try eggs with wholegrain toast, tuna salads, chicken and veggie wraps, fruit and nuts, steak and vegetables. After all, it’s better not to gain belly fat in the first place than to have to lose it once it’s on.
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