Of course, for special occasions it’s important to enjoy the moment and the treats that you love. What you want to be careful of is when this turns in to every weekend and becomes more of the norm rather than a treat. These habits can very quickly sabotage all your hard work in the gym. There are a few habits that we tend to take on that will contribute directly to belly fat; so if you have stubborn belly fat that won’t budge or want to avoid the ‘spare tyre’ for summer then read on!
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 and energy drinks…more items in your daily diet contain sugar than you’re aware of. All of these sugar calories add up quickly and get stored as fate.
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’s 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 (I’ve been known to be a culprit of this!). Much like the first Belly Fat Habit, having dessert is another form of having too much sugar, and all those sugar calories turn to fat, and fast.
Instead, 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
Snacking gets a lot of credit as being one of the best ways to maintain your metabolism, in order to burn fat all day long. While there is some truth to eating small high protein-high fiber meals throughout the day, for the most part all of this snacking has done nothing better than make us fat.
Most packaged snacks contain loads of simple carbohydrates and, of course, more sugar. In order to avoid belly fat you’re better off avoiding all traditional snack foods, and make it a habit to only eat a fresh and unprocessed snack in between meals.
For example, at a small amount of protein and fiber, such as a hard boiled egg with cucumber, or a packet of tuna with celery or an apple with almond butter.
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. (Hence, beer belly)
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 exactly what you need to get rid of the fat, and keep it off.
We’re here to help you simply and easily lose your unwanted belly fat. The start of this brand new season is the perfect time to begin an exercise and nutrition program that really works – so ask me if you need help today!