It might not feel like it – but Spring will be here before we know it. Know that abs are made in the kitchen if you’re looking to tone up your mid-section. Get serious about your health and start living the life you deserve. It’s time to kick some habits you probably don’t even think twice about doing.
Partha’s RX for Getting Rid of Your Winter Gut
1. Stop Drinking Pop!
Pop destroys your teeth, but it increases your blood pressure and can make you gain weight. You’ll be happy you stopped drinking pop when you start seeing your stomach shrink. Diet pop is worse for you than regular pop because diet pop confuses your body with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode leading to weight gain.
2. Cook At Home
Going out to eat all the time is not suitable for your wallet – or your belly. Anything “breaded, fried, crusted, or smothered” is high in fat. When you prepare food at home, you’re more likely to be using less refined fat, salt, and sugars that are heavily used in restaurants. It’s a good idea to cut down on condiments as well.
3. Maintain a Consistent Sleep Routine
A study from Northwestern University has linked staying up late and sleeping in the following day to weight gain. If your weekly routine has you going to bed relatively early each night and waking up early for work every morning – keep it that way during the weekend, and your body will thank you.
4. High-Intensity Interval Training
High-Intensity Interval Training burns more abdominal fat than steady-state cardio routines. Instead of zoning out on a treadmill, combine cardio and strength training by switching between upper and lower body exercises. It is ideal for keeping your heart rate up and boosting your body’s fat-burning potential.