HAVE A LOW-CARB DINNER

HAVE A LOW-CARB DINNER

“When clients come to me wanting to lose weight around their midsection, the first thing I look at is their carb intake,” says Lauren Minchen, MPH, RDN, CDN. “Going really low carb is not necessary to lose belly fat, but I generally find cutting out starches, fruits and desserts at dinner is effective for belly fat loss. Plus, it’s easier than having to tally your carb number throughout the day!”

7 ORDER APPS
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When you go out to eat, avoid fattening freebies like bread and chips at all costs. If you’re ravenous when you arrive, ask your server for a side salad, or a vegetable-based appetizer or side dish. Grilled asparagus, sautéed spinach, marinated mushrooms and hummus with crudite are all examples of smart picks.

8 LIMIT YOUR SUGAR
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One of the fastest ways to burn belly fat is to cut back on the added sugar in your diet, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages. Numerous studies suggest that excess fructose—found abundantly in soda and packaged snacks—increases the accumulations of belly fat—especially in men. If you want to indulge in a soda, pick up one of our best sodas for weight loss. Or, better yet reach for one of these weight loss teas. And for the best weight loss results, limit yourself to 25 grams of the added sugar a day.

9 WALK THIS WAY
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You’ve likely heard that moving more is beneficial for general wellness, but did you know that adding a structured walking program to your fitness routine can help you scorch serious belly fat? It’s true! In an International Journal of Obesity study of 113 subjects at high risk for type 2 diabetes, researchers found that three weekly hour-long walks significantly lowered participants cholesterol levels and accumulation of belly fat, compared to the control group. Lace up your sneakers can hit the streets with Fido or go to the gym and break a sweat while you’re catching up on “Shark Tank.” Super easy yet extremely effective.

10 CHILL OUT
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“Stress has been shown to directly influence weight gain,” says Lashaun Dale of 24 Hour Fitness. “For some stress triggers poor eating habits, while other people’s bodies start to store fat in response to the influx of stress hormones. And then there are those who get hit with both.

To deal with your belly fat, you have to first deal with your stress. Carve out time to take naps, get a good night’s rest and meditate. Even just taking a 10-minute movement break with conscious breathing can shift your physiology for the better and help diminish your stress.”

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