4. Get good sleep
“If you are struggling to lose weight, especially around your waist, it might be time to look at your sleep patterns,” The Healthy Mummy said.
Various studies have shown that if you’re not sleeping well, it can cause weight gain.
People are more likely to crave junk food when they are sleep deprived because, not only are they in need of an energy boost, but their appetite hormones are all over the place.
5. Keep stress levels down
“Stress can also often lead to weight gain and women often tend to store more fat around their tummies when they are feeling stressed,” The Healthy Mummy wrote.
Stress causes an imbalance of hormones, particularly cortisol. This hormone has been linked with obesity and excess belly fat.
The Healthy Mummy added: “People believe they are too stressed to cook and do not have enough time. They opt for either take away meals which are convenient for time but not convenient for your waistline nor your hip pocket.”
6. Work on your posture
Good posture is essential for the health of bones and joints – but did you know changing the way you stand can improve your figure, too?
The Healthy Mummy wrote: “Those with a good posture, whether they are working at a desk or walking may be helping to engage their stomach and abdominal muscles and tone their tummy.”
Your toned tummy won’t be seen unless you cut down on body fat.
But it works both ways, as those with a strong core may find exercise easier.
7. Eat better food
It seems obvious that if you want to blast belly fat, you need to watch what you eat.
However, The Health Mummy warns that even some “healthy” foods can cause bloating.
It said: “Even certain HEALTHY foods like apples, broccoli and beans are known to cause bloating so with these, it’s best to have smaller portions and eat them with other foods.
“But the good news is that there are certain foods that can help! Foods like bananas, avocados, asparagus, ginger and yoghurt with probiotics are great anti-bloat foods – though too much dairy can make it worse.”
Bloating is individual to each person, and so if you suffer from it, find out what is causing it using a food diary.
8. Potion control
The Healthy Mummy said: “Portion control is one of the most important factors in weight loss, weight maintenance and weight gain, especially when you are trying to lose weight.
“If you eat just the right amount of food, you’ll strike a balance and you’ll be able to lose weight, especially around your stomach.”
Portion control sounds daunting, but it doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food.
It may just mean being more educated on food labels in the supermarket, and opting for low-fat dairy, or lean meats instead of fatty meats.
You can also focus on filling up the plate with lower calories foods, for example halving your usual serving of rice and adding cooked cauliflower or broccoli to it.