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12 Ways To Lose That Jelly Belly Without Exercise (We Love #5!)
Who likes the look of a big, jiggly belly? Unless you are Santa Claus, it is NOT attractive. Although you can try to hide it this winter under those sweatshirts and heavy coats, it won’t be long before spring weather forces you to shed those clothes and reveal the truth.
Even if you don’t mind a little belly (it makes a nice pillow for your kids, right?), you should consider the dangers of belly fat. Having a little too much beer gut is linked to a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.
However, if the thought of sweating it out at the gym just doesn’t sound appealing, you can lose a great deal of belly fat without heavy exercise. The following steps will not give you those six-pack abs many people crave, but they will give you a head start on getting that jelly belly under control.
1. Slaughter Stress
One of the worst enemies when it comes to losing fat, especially belly fat, is stress. Chronic stress leads our bodies to produce too much of a hormone called cortisol. One of cortisol’s jobs is to pack fat around the abdominal cavity. To reduce any stress-related tummy fat, you need to reduce as much stress as possible in your life. It is virtually impossible to remove all stress in today’s world, but you can find ways to deal with the stress you cannot remove. Try meditation, yoga, exercise, long soaks in the bath, singing, or spending more time outside in nature.
2. Make Friends With Fiber And Protein
Eating more protein and fiber will do many things to help you reduce belly fat. When you eat some protein and fat at each meal, you will balance your blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance. It will also slow the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, which will make your body less likely to store fat. Protein is much harder for your body to digest, so it burns more calories just through the digestion process. Fiber helps food and waste pass through your system faster. Be certain to eat healthy, clean sources of protein, such as skinless poultry, seafood, eggs, and beans.
3. Get Off The Sugar Train
In order to fight the belly fat fight, you must get off the sugar train. This means eating plenty of vegetables, whole grains, protein, and fruit. Stop eating fast food, junk food, and processed foods. Add cinnamon to your coffee or oatmeal to help stabilize blood sugar levels. Sugar is addicting and quitting it is difficult, but if you want to reduce belly fat, you need to find a way. Start by cutting back in small areas until you cut out most of the sugar in your diet.
4. Watch Your Carbs
A starch is a complex carb. It contains a long string of sugar units, which would explain why carbs give us huge spikes in insulin. The most typical sources of starchy foods include potatoes, wheat, corn, winter squash, and sweet potatoes. You should drastically cut back on these types of starches. This doesn’t mean you have to cut them out entirely, but eat them in smaller quantities. There are also non-starchy vegetables that you should add more of to your plate. The best non-starchy foods are:
- Green, red, and yellow peppers
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