With increasing workloads across industries and an almost 24×7 work schedule, people are finding less and less time available for exercise and fitness. A lot of people now have majorly sedentary lifestyles which translate to increasing waistlines, due to minimal physical activity and irregular diet patterns. Fat around the stomach and the waist is the easiest to gain and the most difficult to get rid of. Belly fat also shows more prominently in whatever you wear and make you conscious of your body and lose confidence.
However, there are small dietary changes that can be coupled with a simple exercise routine, and following these regularly can make all the difference to your waistline. If you’re snowed in at work most of the time and don’t have time to hit the gym, you will find these tips especially helpful. To keep fit, you don’t necessarily need a full-fledged workout regime. Doing some exercises for as long as half an hour daily or even five times a week, can help in losing that pesky belly fat.
Quick exercises To Lose Belly Fat
Sprint: Just 20 minutes of sprint on a stationary bike, thrice a week can do the trick and help you lose all that unwanted flab around your tummy. Studies have found stationary cycling to be a very efficient fat loss exercise, as it helps you lose visceral fat in relatively lesser amount of time.
Running or walking: Don’t have time or resources to run on a treadmill? Just take off in a park, or simply walk to your workplace if you can. If neither is possible, then take the stairs instead of the lift. Get up for 10 minutes every few hours and walk around. It might sound like walking or running are not very effective for fat loss around the belly, but you’d be surprised by how much difference even small efforts like these can make.
Reverse crunch: This is something you can do in the comfort of your home. All you need is some comfy clothes and a gym mat. Lie flat on the floor with arms at your sides. Cross your feet and lift your knees so that they’re making a 90 degree angle with your body. Put your arms behind your head and lift your upper body towards your knees. Do as many reps as you can and gradually increase them with time.
Planks: Plank is a great time-saving exercise that is great for the abdominal area. It’s also that much difficult to hold a plank. However, if you have a busy schedule, squeeze in a plank. It takes just five minutes (if you can hold it that long!) and you’re good to go!
Herbs For Cutting Belly Fat
When it comes to cutting the flab, there are some herbs and spices that work the best.
Cumin: Cumin or jeera has been known to promote fat burn very quickly. That’s great news for Indians and lovers of Indian food that it’s a spice that is added to a host of dishes in Indian cuisine.
Turmeric: Another household spice that finds wide usage in various Indian dishes, turmeric or haldi has been scientifically proven to burn body fat, due to the presence of a compound known as curcumin. Add a few tablespoons of the spice to your milk at night, or to your morning latte and let the golden powder work its magic!
Cinnamon: Cinnamon or dalchini is another spice in your kitchen cabinet that can help give a boost to the metabolism and cut the flab. The extremely flavorful spice can be added to anything from oatmeal to coffee to soups and baked goods.
So now you know! There’s no reason to let that ugly belly flab bother you. Get working on it and watch it disappear in a matter of mere days, by following these workout and diet tips!