Our bellies are the primary culprits of excess body fat. And while some of us feel that fatty bellies command some respect (how will people know that we have money, after all), there is nothing good about a fatty belly when it comes to good health. Here are some lifestyle changes we can adopt to fight this problem.
Minimizing Our Stress
Stress can stem from various factors. Ranging from low income and a stressful job to the death of our loved ones, stress is a sure belly fat fodder. Get to understand this. When we’re stressed out, the level of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, rises in our bodies. High levels of cortisol cause our appetite to increase, leading to overconsumption of calories. Remember, our bodies only need a certain amount of calories for proper functioning. If our calorie consumption is higher than our body requirements, the body converts the surplus to fat, which is stored in the belly and other parts.
There are a myriad of steps we can take to lessen our stress. According to health experts, having regular meditation and enough rest are some of the most effective ways of lowering our stress levels. If we don’t mind letting the cat out of the bag, we may go ahead and share our stress with our friends. Remember, a problem shared is half solved. We may also go the extra mile and share our concerns with a professional advisor: a counselor, to be precise.
Are you aware that almost every aspect of our modern living steals our sleep? It is a fact that each day is more hectic than ever, and this causes many of us to sleep a few hours less than the recommended sleep duration. However, it is worth noting that when it comes to weight management, having a perfect sleep plays a major role in our overall well-being. Restful sleep reduces the chances of anxiety, leading to a relaxed mind. To have a healthy sleep, we should do the following:
- Avoid late-night TV watching.
- Avoid taking a lot of fluids before bedtime. This may interrupt our sleep as we may have to make several visits to the urinal.
- Practice gentle yoga before going to sleep. Yoga fosters healthy sleep by relaxing our body muscles.
It is essential to understand that stress makes it impossible for us to have restful sleep. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found yourself thinking about what you will eat the next day or your child who has just been sent home for school fees? Let’s say the truth – stress does not add any value to our life. In fact, it reduces the quality of our life because it tampers with our normal way of reasoning. If you think this is not true, please share one occasion when stress helped you solve a problem.
Taking Advantage of Resistance Training
Exercise helps in fat burning, and who doesn’t know this? However, adding a bit of resistance to our workout routine makes the results even better. Also known as weight lifting, resistance training is important when it comes to enhancing our muscle mass. It also causes metabolic spikes, meaning that fat burning continues even after the training session. To burn our belly fat even more effectively, it is advisable to combine resistance training with other types of exercises, including aerobic activity.
Success in resistance training means getting out of the comfort zone. It is energy-sapping, and it also calls for perseverance. During the first few days of our training, soreness may be a common phenomenon. However, the soreness will gradually subside as our body muscles gain resistance with time. Forget about the pain involved in the training. Instead, focus on what you want to achieve. Don’t forget that the activity consists of a lot of dehydration. Hence, we need to drink a lot of water after the sessions. Having a sports drink by our side during the training can really help.