4 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Fighting Ab Flab
There are a lot of things you can do to help melt stubborn belly fat that probably won’t come as a surprise to you – you know, the typical cut-calories, get-regular cardiovascular and exercise type of advice. But what you don’t do can be just as key to finally achieving that firm, flat tummy. Get to know these sneaky belly bulgers so you can steer clear of them and trim inches off your waistline fast.
Parking in front of the TV
The occasional DVR-athon can be just what the doctor ordered, but people who tuned in for two or more hours daily had weaker ab and back muscles (by up to 10 percent) than those who viewed less than two hours, regardless of their overall activity level, researchers from the University of Oulu note. An hour of tube time is fine, especially if it motivates you to hit the gym. Schedule your workout to coincide with your favorite dramedy or reality show, and then tune in while you log some miles on the treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike.
Feeling frazzled and frantic? Increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a result of chronic worry, lead to excess stomach fat, research shows. To de-stress and weigh much less, learn to breathe. When you’re on edge (or feel like you’re about to be), slowly inhale through your nose, counting to four. Then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until refreshed.
Diving into that darn bread basket!
Those fluffy white rolls? They’re your flat-ab foe! When staring down a breadbasket, check its contents before digging in. If you see whole grains, go for it in fact, feel free to enjoy 3 ounces a day. (One slice of whole-wheat bread or 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice are each 1 ounce.) Dieters who did so lost more stomach fat than those who merely cut calories and ate refined grains, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals.
I like dessert as much as the next gal, but if you’re trying to tighten up your tummy, it’s best to pass up that scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream and all other P.M. snacks. Your body may not burn nighttime nibbles as efficiently as it does those you eat during the day, a study of high-fat diets in the journal Obesity finds. Declare “last call” two hours before bed. “If you’re really hungry, have a 150-calorie snack,” says SELF contributing expert Janis Jibrin, R.D. If not, sip tea, cut the lights and bid farewell to the fridge until morning.
Indian cosmetic surgeons and specialist doctors agree with above facts and suggest to staff off with such habits which increase fat and obese in human body. This is common cause of rising for Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Obesity surgery in India.</img>
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By Lucy Danziger and the staff at SELF Magazine