For many of us, when the summer months hit that means one thing, less clothing. Members of the opposite sex will be wearing less, which is generally good for many of you, but that also means you’ll have to be wearing less, and if you look as if you’re smuggling a large tire in your stomach, that can be pretty embarrassing indeed. Would you rather hit the beach with a washboard stomach and rock hard pecs? Or would you rather hit it with a flabby bulging stomach that jiggles and wobbles with every step you take? If you would prefer the washboard stomach and rock hard pecs, then you’ll need to make the effort to lose the weight and get yourself in shape. There are however, a number of easy steps you can take to help shrink your stomach and ditch that midsection bulge in a matter of weeks.
Snack between meals, but do it smartly – Don’t get too excited, we’re not saying this is an excuse to pig out on a chocolate bar or biscuits in between meals, oh no. What we are saying however, is that if you snack healthily in between meals, you’re actually helping yourself to lose weight. The reason for this is because you’re helping to fuel your metabolism, which as you know, is what your body uses to burn calories and fat and convert them to energy. As well as this, if you’re hungry, you’ll soon be craving junk food. Experts believe it’s far better to satisfy your hunger craving by eating something healthy, rather than risk an all-out binge eating session. A great snack could be a handful of organic nuts and a small natural yogurt, or some organic peanut butter on a piece of fruit or vegetable.
Get active – Nothing in life worth having if it comes easy, and that’s certainly the case regarding a lean physique. If you’re serious about losing the bulge and getting in shape, you’ll need to become active and get plenty of exercise. That means you’ll have to switch off the TV and get off your ass and do something constructive. How you exercise is entirely up to you. You could head to the gym and lift weights, you could run on a treadmill, you could go for a walk or a jog, you could go swimming, play some sports, do some gardening, play with the kids. The list is seemingly endless. Anything that doesn't involve sitting or lying down is generally a great place to begin.
Weigh yourself regularly – Whilst scales are generally not accurate at calculating fat loss, they do calculate weight loss, and if you notice that you’re gaining weight every day, this is a sign that you’re doing something wrong.
Always eat a healthy breakfast – It doesn't matter how busy you may claim to be, there is no excuse for skipping breakfast, so you should do all you can to ensure you eat a healthy balanced breakfast every morning, even if it means getting up thirty minutes earlier. Breakfast is the meal which kick starts your metabolism in the morning, and knocks you out of a catabolic state into an anabolic one. A catabolic state is basically where your body needs nutrients, and as you haven’t eaten because you've been asleep, it begins to eat away at your muscle tissue for energy, which is exactly what you don’t want. As soon as you eat, your body then has food and an energy source, which is when your metabolism really fires up.