Belly fat is annoying (and disgusting)! It makes your self-confidence hit rock bottom. It hinders you from wearing your favorite dress or a swimsuit.

Abdominal fat can be hard to lose; in fact, developing firm, flat abs is quite frustrating. If you’ve been in a desperate situation of getting rid of the fat in your tummy, you might be doing it wrong. Read on to learn more about the role nutrition and exercise play in losing belly fat.

The Importance of Proper Nutrition

There’s no better way to start losing belly fat than a good diet! You can do all the abs exercises in the world, but if you don’t have discipline in your food intake, you’ll get zero results.

There are various causes of that annoying fat in the abdomen, making you feel self-conscious when wearing particular clothes. Some of the most common causes include overeating (of course), alcohol intake, hormonal imbalance, and bloating.

Among these reasons, you have control over the first two. Here are some helpful pieces of advice to help you reduce tummy fat.

  1. Cut down carbohydrates but increase protein – Protein builds muscles — which is desirable and should be in place of fat.
  2. Eliminate sugar – Cutting sugar out of your diet is a sure way to lose fat. Food and drinks with high sugar content usually don’t have any nutritional value. Not only does high sugar intake lead to weight gain, but it can also lead to heart diseases and diabetes.
  3. Drink apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is known to have weight loss and detoxifying properties. Making an ACV drink is simple and doesn’t need any machine. To make it, prepare the following ingredients and mix them together:
  • Warm water – half or full glass
  • ACV – 2 tbsp.
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon – ¼ tsp.
  • Cayenne pepper – 1 dash
  • Ground ginger – 1/4 to a dash – makes it hard to drink if you add too much.
  • Raw or local honey – 1 tsp. (optional to add some sweetness)
  1. Increase intake of healthy fats – There are good fats and bad fats. Unsaturated fats are good fats and are found in fish, seeds, nuts, and avocados.
  2. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables – These food groups are rich in fiber, which aid in the digestion process, increasing the feeling of fullness, and in the elimination of waste.

Simple Exercises to Lose Belly Fat

Burpees

Burpees are a given when it comes to trimming fat from your entire body. They primarily engage the leg muscles, shoulders and abdomen thereby burning fat. Together with a good diet plan, Burpees can give you great results in no time.

How to:

  • Stand with your arms at your sides and feet shoulder-distance apart. Shift your weight onto your heels.
  • With knees bent and hips pushed back, lower your torso into a squat. Place hands on the ground in your front and inside your feet. Transfer your weight onto them.
  • Jump your feet back and land on their balls in a plank position. Make sure your body is straight from head to heels. Don’t stick your butt up or let your back sag.
  • Jump your feet back, landing them just outside of the hands.
  • Lift your arms overhead, then explosively jump into the air.
  • Land on your feet to complete a rep.
  • Do 3 sets of 15

Bicycle Crunch

Despite its name, you don’t need a bicycle for this exercise. Bicycle crunches activate the rectus abdominis or the muscle in your upper abdomen and the obliques. It also engages the hamstring and quads, thereby toning your thighs.

To do it:

  • Lie on your back with legs extended and hands behind the head.
  • Raise both legs off the floor, bending them at knees. Contract your abs.
  • Bring your right knee toward the chest while keeping the left leg extended.
  • Take your right leg out as you bring your left knee toward the chest to complete a rep.
  • Alternate sides as if you’re pedaling a bicycle.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

Rolling Side Plank

A popular stability exercise, the rolling plank excels in working your upper and lower abs and obliques. It is also a great move to target and strengthen the lower back, hips, and legs.

To do it:

  • Get down in the elbow plank position with your forearms on the floor and legs extended behind. Engage your abs.
  • Rotate your torso to the right, rolling onto the left forearm and stacking your right foot on top of the left.
  • Stay in the position for at least 1 second before returning to the starting position.
  • Repeat on the other side to complete a rep.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

Lunge Twist

An excellent core exercise, the lunge twist is also great for building lower body strength and improving balance. It engages various muscles such as abs, obliques, glutes, and quads. To add challenge to this move, grab a medicine ball or a pair of dumbbells.

To do it:

  • Stand with your legs hip-distance apart and knees slightly bent. Hold the ball or weight in front of you, bending your elbow at 90 degrees.
  • Step your right leg forward for a lunge, your knee over your right foot. Extend your arms.
  • Rotate your torso and your arms to the right while maintaining your legs in a lunge position.
  • Twist back to the center and push off the right foot to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

Losing belly fat and weight takes discipline, commitment, and consistency. With a proper nutrition and great abs exercises, you’ll be on your way to a flatter, firmer tummy! Do you have good recipes and exercises to get rid of extra flab in your belly? Tell us in the comments below!