Exercise and diet tips for a slimmer stomach

Loosing Weight is not an easy task. Many people trying to lose weight have been on numerous diets and have tried just about every "fad diet" that has been around.

diet tips for slimmer stomach



1. Exercise and eat right



And regular exercise not only helps you slim down your whole body, it actually shrinks the size of fat cells in your stomach.



2. Get down to your healthy weight



Losing that gut isn't easy, but you can improve your contours (and lower your risk of heart disease and cancer) by lowering your overall body mass index.



3. Don't be a stress case



Scientists are studying the link between stress and belly fat. Heightened cortisol levels in blood, resulting from stress, seem to react with the body's insulin to create visceral abdominal fat -- and, in a double whammy, to also drive us toward fatty, sugary foods. Reducing stress may make it easier to say no to barbecue chips or chocolate truffles that go straight to the waistline. Try yoga as a way of cutting stress



4. Stop boozing, quit smoking



Both smoking and alcohol raise the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. See Tactic #3 for a refresher on what that means for your gut.



5. Hire a personal trainer



Embarking on a fitness regime is more likely to be successful if you invest in some one-on-one workouts with a personal trainer.



6. Skip the Thai, meet for sushi instead



A recent Japanese study found that fucoxanthin, a compound in brown seaweed, shrank abdominal fat in lab animals, and encouraged a five to 10 per cent weight loss. Human studies are next, but the scientists are excited.



7. Avoid trans fats like the plague



A recent study found that not only do trans fats create excess visceral fat in the abdomen, they actually cause fat from other parts of the body to redistribute there.



8. Don't believe late-night infomercials



American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that expensive ab-targeting home-exercise equipment is no better than (and in some cases, is worse than) good, old-fashioned exercises.

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