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All of us carry our weight differently.
I know that for me, I tend to gain weight below my waist first… but then slowly my waistline starts expanding too.
When I was pregnant… I developed diastasis recti (a gap between the abdomen muscles), I was limited to the exercises I could do to flatten my stomach. Then, with my second pregnancy my diastsis got worse… ouch!
I was beginning to lose my self confidence. My clothes didn’t fit exactly right. I didn’t feel like myself at all.
How could I lose belly fat???
Here are five tips that I found to help me, and I hope they help you get the results you are looking for!
I couldn’t do sit-ups or crunches… I couldn’t do planks or anything that would put stress on my stomach.. but I could walk. Being active helps you not only to lose weight, and build muscles, but it also helps you stay regular and less bloated (which will make your stomach seem larger than it really is).
You will also just FEEL better when you are active. Find an activity you love, that doesn’t even feel like exercise. I know we love bike riding and hiking too!
Eat more Protein
Before I was pregnant with my first, I tended to steer away from lots of protein. Then, I found out how amazing it is for our blood sugar, our ability to build and repair muscles, and it can keep you slimmer too!
Most recommendations are to eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day and always include some protein to keep your blood sugar levels even (no crashes or spikes). Insulin promotes fat storage—especially around your belly—and a diet high in protein may protect you against insulin resistance
When you are stressed, you release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone is directly linked to belly fat – yuck!
How can you manage your stress naturally?
Many find that yoga is a great way to reduce stress, finding a great devotional, or maybe finally getting organized can help you get a hold on your stress. I know for me, I need to write everything down and start marking off things one by one to help me not get overwhelmed.
Everyone is different, so try a few different ways to reduce your stress and see what works best for you.
If you are sleeping less than 5 hours a night, it could be the reason you are having trouble loose that extra weight around your middle.
When I wasn’t sleeping well, I had trouble making healthy food choices (all I wanted to eat was sugar which is also bad for gaining weight around your belly). Once I was getting the sleep I needed, I felt like it was so much easier to lose belly fat.
Click for 10 tips to help you get the 8 hours of sleep that you need each night 🙂
Eat more Fiber
A 2011 trial showed that by increasing soluble fiber intake by 10 grams a day (that’s the same as eating two small apples, one cup of green peas, and one half-cup of pinto beans) showed lowered visceral fat by 3.7 percent after five years.
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to get in more fiber into your diet.
Beat the Bloat
There are a few things that I also helped me beat the belly bloat which also just helps you have a flatter stomach:
- Cleanse – Help your body detox and eliminate toxins
- Probiotics – Help your body digest your food and support a healthy digestive track.
These may not directly target belly fat, but I know that when I’m not bloated, I certainly feel thinner!
Are you ready to get the results you are looking for?
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