#3. Weight and strength training
A good way to help burn excess fat faster is through weight training. This works because by building more muscle, your body will require more energy to maintain your muscle mass. This means that as long as you don’t also increase your calorie intake, your body will look elsewhere to get the calories that it needs. And that means that it will take the excess fat from you body and stomach area. So you should build muscle so as to raise your metabolism in order to lose weight and burn belly fat naturally.
If you want to exercise at home, then you should consider investing in something like a rowing machine or an ab toning belt to specifically target your abdominal muscles.
#4. Do your exercises slowly and with control
Don’t perform your stomach exercises quickly just to get through them. If you do each move slower and with full control you will achieve far better results. Even if doing them slower means that you have to do fewer reps, it will be far more useful to you than just rushing through them. Start by reading our post about exercises for a flat belly.
12 tips to help you get a flatter stomach and lose weight
#5. Don’t overdo or under-do exercises
Keep aware of how often you workout. If you try and do a heavy exercise routine every day of the week, that will probably be too much for your body. It won’t allow your muscles enough time to absorb what they’ve been through and actually grow and strengthen. When you workout, you actually break down the muscle fibers so that they can be rebuilt into bigger, stronger muscles. If you don’t allow time for that process to occur, you won’t make as much progress.
Your body needs about a day or two to actually take into account the workout that you just had. But at the same time, don’t take off too many days in-between heavy workouts or muscle atrophy may set in and you will have to make up for the days you missed. It is a good idea to do your workout 3 days per week, with at least a day of rest in-between workouts.
#6. Continuous pain is a bad thing
We’ve all heard the expression ‘No Pain No Gain’. So we may be inclined to continue even if you start experiencing high levels of pain. You should feel a ‘burning’ sensation as your muscles tire and more blood rushes to them, but if you start feel joint pain or any kind of a straining sensation that is concentrated in one spot, stop immediately and give your muscles a couple of days to recover. If the pain continues after that, seek professional attention.
#7. Eat breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. By eating a solid breakfast at the beginning of the day, it will jumpstart your metabolism after the slow down that takes place during the night. Eat a breakfast that is healthy and full of protein and your metabolism will be active all day long.
#8. Eat more, smaller meals
This may seem counterproductive, but you can eat more often throughout the day and still lose weight. How is this done? Well, what you need to do is eat more often, but eat less overall. Let’s say that you currently eat the standard 3 meals per day. If you break that into 5-6 smaller meals/snacks you will be able to eat less overall, and not be hungry throughout the day. This is an easy eating change that you can do that will also help you avoid the hunger that comes with most diets.
#9. Drink plenty of fluids
You should drink plenty of water while doing your exercise routine. This will make it much easier as you get farther into your exercises. By drinking water, you will keep yourself hydrated, make the exercises more effective, and it will help you go longer without any cramping. Driking fluids also helps you to better digest your food and helps to prevent stomach bloating.
#10. Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol consumption is one of the quickest ways to pretty much erase your bodies ability to lose weight and burn fat. Actually, for many people who want to lose weight and who have an alcoholic beverage on a regular basis, often times all they have to do is take a couple of weeks off from alcohol and they will start losing weight.
#11. Don’t miss meals
By skipping meals through the day, you will leave your body unessesarily hungry at night. Your metabolism will slow down to a crawl if your body starts missing a constant, new source of fuel. By eating regularly, you can avoid this and keep your metabolism going. If you’re having trouble finding time for breakfast, settle on one or two morning meals that you can eat on the run or set up the night before. If you find yourself skipping an afternoon snack, try bringing one from home so that it becomes a no-brainer.
Watch what you eat! If you say to yourself to limit the number of meals you have, and how much you are going to eat, that is fine. But if what you eat is still high sugar, highly processed foods, then you are going about it wrong. You need to cut those greasy and calorie laden foods out of your diet if you want to get a flat stomach. Those are the foods that got you where you are today. Stick with the time tested healthy foods that burn fat and have good nutritional value.
Remember that there is no such thing as losing your stomach overnight, or a week, and probably not even a month. You have to work at it daily and remain consistent with your diet and exercise. It may take some lifestyle changes to get the weight off and tone your muscles. A flat stomach will come with total body fitness and there aren’t any shortcuts. You have to be dedicated and stick with it.