So, the countdown to Christmas has begun! Your mom and grandmom have been working hard to put together a delicious Christmas menu involving all things traditional along with a few new seasonal treats and recipes. While it’s perfectly normal to enjoy the traditional treats during the holiday season, remember, the after-effect of over-indulgence can be disastrous, sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Perhaps, if you’re looking for a quick way to slim down and get trim before the Christmas party season, the following tips might help. But let not the thought of squeezing into your new party dress tempt you to go on a crash diet, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Moreover, weight loss from crash dieting is often temporary. Here are five natural ways to shed the pounds and flatten your belly in less than one week- without dieting or exercising.
Protein and Fibre
Remember the saying ‘abs are built in the kitchen’, which means that unhealthy tummy fat won’t melt away no matter how hard you train to slim down if you do not eat a healthy diet. Consume plenty of fibre-rich fresh fruits and vegetables everyday to fight belly fat and maintain your overall health. For your protein, including poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese in your daily meal plan to build lean muscle and speed up weight loss.
To lose fat, you must eat healthy fats – olive oil, avocado oil, fish oil, real butter, nuts, flax seeds are incredibly nutritious and good for your health. Healthy fats keep you full for longer, nourish your body and help you lose weight.
Avoid or cut down on alcohol intake if you’re really serious about losing a few extra pounds, especially around the middle. Alcohol contains lots of calories that can contribute to excess belly fat and affect your organs. You would want to stay away from alcohol to avoid ‘beer belly’.
While you need carbs for energy, consuming excessive amounts of high-carb foods, particularly sugary carbs like chocolate, cake and bread, can give you belly fat. The problem is that most people take more carbs than they need, promoting fat storage in the belly.
Keeping track of your progress will help you stay tuned to working at shedding those extra kilos. One of the best tricks is to measure your stomach around your belly button – make sure that is less than half your height. According to some fitness experts, measuring take is a better option than weighing yourself.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.