Belly fat is the subcutaneous fat that sits around the waist and provides a store of energy, and also protection and heat, for the organs. Stress increases levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite and fat storage—not what you want when you’re looking to get six-pack abs. Next time your stress levels go through the roof, brew a pot of black tea. Research has found that the beverage can increase the rate at which your body brings its cortisol levels back to normal, helping you slim down. Here are 15 Easy Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels so You Don’t Feel as Stressed.
Eating fiber rich foods- Eating plenty of fiber can help with weight loss. However, the type of fiber is important. The best way to get more fiber is to eat a lot of plant foods, including vegetables and fruit. Legumes are also a good source, as well as some cereals, such as whole oats. You can also try taking a fiber supplement like glucomannan. This is one of the most viscous dietary fibers, and studies suggest it can help with weight loss.
Late sleepers-those who wake up around 10:45 a.m.—consume 248 more calories a day, half as many fruits and vegetables and twice the amount fast food than those who set their alarm earlier. If these findings sound troubling but you’re so not a morning person, set your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier each day until you’re getting out of bed at a more reasonable hour.
Exercise- is among the best things you can do to increase your chances of living a long, healthy life and avoiding disease. This doesn’t mean doing abdominal exercises, as spot reduction — losing fat in one spot — is not possible. In one study, 6 weeks of training just the abdominal muscles had no measurable effect on waist circumference or the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity. A good posture can help you look slimmer in seconds. Plus, it can also strengthen your stomach muscles, giving you that long, lean look you crave. Whether you’re sitting, standing, or walking, be sure you’re staying as upright as possible.
Kefir- This smoothie-like drink contains lactase–an enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk that causes stomach issues for some people. Ohio State University researchers found that drinking kefir can reduce bloating and gas brought on by lactose consumption by a whopping 70 percent! We like Lifeway’s Veggie Kefir line. Each bottle has 110 calories, 15 grams of sugar, and a full serving of veggies.
Veggies- veggies in an apple cider vinegar-based concoction can help your abs pop. After consuming a tablespoon or two of vinegar daily (about what you’d use to dress a bed of greens) for eight weeks, obese study participants were leaner and had less visceral fat than those who didn’t consume the vinegar. How does it work? According to Japanese researchers, ACV produces proteins inside the body that burn fat. Add some to your salad with olive oil and spices for a sweet and tangy topping.