Summer will be here soon, and many of us want to look perfect. Sometimes, however, our belly doesn’t seem to reduce in size despite our best efforts.
Bright Side sought the advice of James Duigan, a star coach who trained Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and learned the causes of unwanted growth around the waist.
- “Cushions“ on your sides.
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Sweet tooth.
- Excess alcohol consumption.
- Lots of sugar and refined carbs (cookies, cakes, and white bread) or starchy carbs (pasta and rice) in your diet.
How to get rid of it:
- Drink less alcohol. Several glasses of wine drunk 3-4 times a week lead to a ”wine waist” with a potbelly and fat sides. Stop drinking altogether for two weeks, and then remember moderation.
- Rethink your diet. Avoid special dietary products and low-fat foods. Opt for eggs, lean meat, and vegetables as well as good fats, such as avocado, nuts, and high-fat fish.
- Find time for exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym — long walks will do along with lunges, squats, and reverse push-ups at home.
- Physical exercise and proper diet are enough. Both of these will let you see your belly reduce in size, and that’ll give you strength to go on.
- The fat is concentrated around the belly button, and the belly is thick, not loose.
- Chronic stress (high levels of cortisol).
- You often miss meals.
- You drink lots of coffee.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Unhealthy food (salted nuts, potato chips, etc.).
How to get rid of it:
- Go to bed early. You sleep little and poorly under stress, which disrupts leptin production, a hormone that helps regulate your appetite and metabolism.
- Relax before sleep. Breathing exercises, a lengthy bath, or meditation will all do the trick. Such useful habits will help you sleep well. Limit your nightly coffee consumption (don’t drink more than 2 cups a day either).
- Don’t overexert your body with exercise. Excess cardio will only increase your cortisol levels. Do yoga, take long walks, even a gym session will calm you down, just don’t overdo it.
- Include magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is a “relaxing” mineral that’s contained in dark green vegetables, nuts, and wheat bran.
- Do some yoga and stretching, and drink some chamomile tea before going to bed. That will reduce cortisol and help your body calm down.