Kick these 5 habits and say goodbye to belly fatPosted: Updated:
If you have belly fat to lose, then chances are you might be harboring one or more of these five habits that cause belly fat to stick around.
Jolene Goring is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, as well as the Nutrition & Fitness Director at TriVita Wellness Center. She specializes in helping people live healthy and have fun. Here are her top five habits that cause belly fat - and how you can avoid it!
Belly Fat Habit #1: Too Much Sugar
Sugar is found in many of the foods that you eat daily, from breakfast cereals, to coffee drinks, to protein bars, to energy drinks. More items in your daily diet contain sugar than you're aware of. All of these sugar calories add up quickly and translate into lots of pounds gained.
Make it a habit to read the ingredients and the sugar count in the foods you are eating. Pay special attention to breakfast items, yogurts, protein bars and any item that is packaged. Avoid eating foods that contain added sugars as a part of your daily diet.
Belly Fat Habit #2: Daily Dessert
There used to be a time and place when desserts were reserved for Sunday evenings and special occasions. Not anymore! These days dessert has become a daily occurrence. Much like the first Belly Fat Habit, having dessert is another form of having too much sugar, and all those sugar calories rapidly turn to fat.
Forget eating dessert every day. Save desserts for cheat days and special occasions, and stick with fresh fruit as your daily after-meal sweet.
Belly Fat Habit #3: Bad Snacking
In recent years snacking has been named one of the best ways to maintain your metabolism, in order to burn fat all day long; and while there is some truth to eating small, high protein-high fiber meals frequently, for the most part all of this snacking has done nothing better than make us fat.
Most snack items are crunchy and salty, two qualities that you'll rarely find in a healthy snack, and contain loads of simple carbohydrates and, you guessed it, more sugar. In order to avoid belly fat, you're better off avoiding all traditional snack foods, and to fall out of the habit of 'snacking' entirely.
If you're hungry between meals then eat a small amount of protein and fiber, such as a hard-boiled egg with cucumber, or a packet of tuna with celery.
Belly Fat Habit #4: Daily Alcohol
Having that drink with dinner (or two, or three…) can quickly become a fast and steady habit. It's easy to justify the drinks because you had a long, hard day and you deserve it. The alcohol takes your mind off of your troubles and loosens you up for a good time. However, all those alcohol calories are basically sugar, and all that sugar is going straight to your belly. (Beer belly, anyone?)
Breaking your daily alcohol habit is tough, I'll give you that, however it may motivate you to know that it's nearly impossible to lose fat on a day when you're drinking alcohol. Alcohol = fat storage mode. Also it's great to know that once you've allocated alcohol to cheat days and special occasions, you'll lose fat quicker and easier than ever before.
Belly Fat Habit #5: Lack of Exercise
This one is kind of a no-brainer, right? If you aren't moving your body in a consistent, challenging way then you're going to store body fat. Plain and simple. An effective, invigorating exercise routine is the ticket you need to dump that fat for good.
For more information or to kick off your belly fat battle, visit Jolene Goring at the TriVita Wellness Center, or check out www.trivitawellnesscenter.com.
TriVita Wellness Center
16100 N Greenway Hayden Loop
Scottsdale, AZ 85260