Changes to lifestyle can fill up when exercise only is not helping you to burn more calories
If you can make only a few simple changes to your lifestyle, when exercise is not helping you to burn more calories, you want to make sure the changes you make are the most effective ones. Here are simple lifestyle hacks to flatten your midsection
Eat more whole grains: A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a calorie-controlled diet rich in whole grains trimmed extra fat from the waistline of obese people. This may be due to the decreased insulin response to whole grains versus refined carbohydrates, making it easier to mobilize fat storage.
Get more antioxidants through fresh fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in antioxidants help to fight off inflammation-causing free radicals. When inflammation is increased in your body, it triggers the storage of fat specifically, fat in your midsection.
Eat fat to fight fat. Healthy fats such as mono unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help individuals lose more belly fat — even without changing the number of calories they consumed or exercising more. You find mono unsaturated fats in olive oil and almonds. Omega-3s are in abundance in fatty fish such as salmon, as well as walnuts and flax seeds.
Kick stress. Being stressed increases the circulation of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in your body. These hormones then mobilize fatty acids and, when not burned off, re-deposit them right in your midsection. Eating a diet rich in vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease the levels of stress hormones and fight belly fat. Some foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell peppers, and spinach.
Get active. Exercise not only helps you to burn more calories but also helps you build metabolism-boosting muscle and fight off belly fat-storing stress. Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.