Change Your Choices

Change Your Life…Tips for a healthier you

Belly Blaster!

on June 7, 2011

Summer is here and it’s time to out away the sweathsirts and sweatpants.  Winter clothes can hide those extra bulges and rolls but t-shirts, tank tops, and swimsuits aren’t as forgiving.  While we all want to look good, extra fat around your waist can also be deadly. Research shows that people with “apple-shaped” bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with “pear-shaped” bodies who carry more weight around the hips. Grab the tape measure, click here to calculate your hip to waist ratio.

So- how do you get rid of your belly fat?  Here it is in 3 steps.

  • Step One: No more junk.
    The best way to do this is by cleaning out your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed and fat-filled foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your beach-ready abs depend on what you eat – don’t eat junk!
  • Step Two: Eat whole foods.
    Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of the following: cooked and raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, moderate amounts of seeds and nuts, lean meats and low fat dairy. Clean eating really is that simple.
  • Step Three: Workout with intention.
    Get a workout plan that excites you!  Go hiking, join a bootcamp, go swimming, or hit the gym!  Whatever moves you – do it. 

A few more tips…
-Don’t go crazy with the crunches, you need cardio to burn off that layer of fat.  Women- look to pilates/yoga for a strong core. Crunches and other ab intensive exercises will make you stronger, but those muscles will stick out. Men like to have 6 pack abs, women like a flat tummy.

-Don’t starve yourself.  A dramatic drop in calories will give you short term weight loss, but you will slow your metabolism, causing you to ultimately gain it back, and then some.   Your body needs a certain amount of calories to function- just make sure they are nutritious calories. 

-You don’t have to give up carbs, just switch to whole grains rather than processed white flour and sugar for energy. 

A few changes in diet, increase the exercise and you will be beach body ready in no time! 

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