1. Reduce Your Calorie Intake
When it comes to losing weight, there is no way to spot-treat, or only lose weight from 1 part of the body at a time. If you want to lose belly fat, you will need to lose overall weight by reducing your caloric intake.
Cut out about 500 to 750 calories daily from your diet. This small decrease in calories can help you lose about 1 to 1.5 pounds per week.
Aiming to lose more weight than this per week is generally not advised by health professionals.
Use a food journal or online tracker to get an idea of how many calories you currently eat daily. Subtract 500 to 750 from that total to get an idea of how many calories you should consume daily to result in moderate weight loss.
Stress can cause an increase in cortisol, a hormone that encourages the body to store excess fat in the lower abdomen. It can get worse if combined with bad dieting. To keep the cortisol levels stable, choose low glycemic index foods like lentils, chickpeas and beans.
3. Add Exercise.
Once you’re settled into healthy eating habits, try adding an exercise plan. We have many beginner workouts as well as 5K training plans.
When it comes to losing belly fat, you want to do a combination of cardio, ab workouts, and strength training. Cardio helps you shed excess weight. Ab workouts tone your abdominal muscles for a tight, strong core. Finally, strength training builds muscle, and more muscle means you’ll burn more calories while at rest.
4. Include Fruits, Vegetables, And Lean Meats In Your Diet
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients and fulfill all the nutritional requirements of your body. Moreover, these are full of water and fiber and hence fill up your stomach quickly. Therefore, you end up eating less. Lean meats and whole grains take time to digest and hence you do not feel the need to eat for a long time. Including all such foods in your diet can keep you satiated and can cut down your calorie intake.