Why is it that fat often seems to find its way to the stomach – especially in the case of men? The “beer belly” nickname comes for good reason, and its because our stomachs are usually the first place we end up finding fat deposits when we gain weight.
Naturally, it seems to be the hardest fat to lose. First in, last out it seems. What can you do to get rid of that belly flab as quickly as possible?
The truth lies in a reality that may disappoint you. Short of something like liposuction, there’s really no particular way to target fat on one body part. Biology simply doesn’t work that way. When you lose fat, it’ll come off as your body sees fit. Therefore, you’ll have to simply try to burn off fat in order to lose your stomach fat.
Here are a few ways to speed up the process.
Instead of drinking sodas and juices, replace them with water. The extra calories we get from drinks are astonishing. In fact, as Poland Spring points out on some of its bottles, substituting a daily soda with a bottle of water instead will reduce your caloric intake by 160 calories per day, which amounts to a whopping 16 pounds per year! How’s that for a start?
One more tip is to begin walking places that you’d ordinarily drive to. An extra 15 minutes of walking per day can burn off yet another 5-10 pounds’ worth of calories per year. Do that for life and you’ll stop obesity in its tracks.
More recent scientific studies have pointed to the importance of a good night’s sleep and its direct role in metabolism and more. When you sleep less, you’re more likely to crave bad foods. While you might not have realized that, you can probably remember those sleep deprived nights followed by sweets and more junk the next day.
These are a starting point and they’ll surely make a big difference in the way you look – especially if you’re lifting weights concurrently.