By Damilola Faustino
You have done everything you were asked to do to get rid of your belly fat. However, you are not seeing or observing any changes. In fact, it seems like your belly fat seems to be increasing. This is because there are certain mistakes you making when attempting to lose belly fat. Here are some of them:
You’re not getting enough sleep
There are so many reasons why you are always awake at night. One of such reasons is your smartphone. Aside from feeling tired and groggy the next day, not getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night can affect weight loss. Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from sleeping.
You are not tracking your progress
There are some great apps and wearable tech devices available that make it easier for you stick to your plan. They can help you monitor your goals, your food intake and the calories burned during exercise. This will help you stick to your goals and remain focused.
You’re doing the wrong type of exercise
Only doing abdominal-focused workouts won’t help you get rid of your belly fat. Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it. The best type of workout is the HIIT training (High-Intensity Interval Training)-which is a great way to burn fat and get your heart rate up.
You are eating too much sugar
If your diet is made up of lots of sports drinks, sugar-sweetened drinks and sugary foods, it will make losing weight really difficult. So, make sure you run away from sugar or take verified and reliable sugar alternatives.
You’re not eating enough protein
Protein is awesome for fat loss. It helps build and preserve lean muscle tissue and can increase the number of calories you burn. It’s also a great source of energy that helps you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to eat often.
You feel stressed or anxious
Stress can do a lot of harm to the body. From High Blood Pressure to heart disease, obesity and diabetes, it can allow the body to produce the steroid hormone cortisol, which can make you crave sugary foods that provide instant energy and pleasure. When your cortisol levels are high for a long time, it can increase the amount of fat you hold in your belly.’
You want immediate result
It’s easy to become impatient and frustrated when you’re trying to lose weight and haven’t seen the results yet. But be realistic – you won’t see the impact overnight. It takes time to establish new habits. Just stick with it for at least eight weeks and you should notice a change.’
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