Are you not losing those inches on your belly even after weeks of working out or dieting? Of course, there must be something wrong. As much as we would like to melt our belly fat with a wand, it is not possible so knowing the reason behind it is more important.
Here are 6 reasons that will help you slim your belly sooner:
1) You don’t eat enough magnesium-rich foods
Our bodies require magnesium for more than 300 chemical reactions that include keeping heart rhythm steady and regulating blood sugar levels. This nutrient may also aid in weight loss and body shaping.
Research has shown that magnesium may have some beneficial effects on reducing fluid retention during the menstrual cycle, meaning you’ll feel less bloated.
Solution: You can either eat magnesium-rich foods or ask your doctor to prescribe a supplement.
2) You are doing the wrong workout
Most of us in the weight loss frenzy that we are in turn to only cardio to lose weight. But after a point, our body gets used to it and metabolism slows down with the same activity.
Solution: Interval training that involves a combination of cardio and strength training raises your heart rate while also taxing your muscles.
3) You don’t sleep enough
Lack of ZZZ’s can have serious consequences for your waistline. Women who are deprived of sleep consume more calories a day that they should because too little sleep causes an increase in a hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite.
Solution: Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Remove distracting electronics from the bedroom; keep your room cool, avoid caffeine after lunch and try to maintain the same sleeping schedule every day.
4) You drink too much soda
Sugary soda, packed with empty calories, is obviously a diet disaster, but even the no-calorie version can expand your waistline.
Solution: Skip the soda. Opt for fruit juices without adding sugar.
5) You eat a lot of salt
Excess salt causes water to move from your bloodstream into your skin. You might not be putting it in your meals but are getting it through other sources such as canned foods, salad dressing, deli meats, and even some dairy products like cottage cheese.
Solution: Avoid adding salt to your meals. Instead, boost flavor with spices and herbs.
6) You drink too much
Alcohol can increase appetite and food intake, and certain types of alcohol are associated with belly fat specifically.
Solution: Avoid soda and sugary mixers when enjoying that one glass per meal.