3 fitness tips to lose weight and achieve a flatter happier tummy!
There is so much advice out there as to how you can lose weight and get a “bikini body” that it can be hard to know what to believe. This blog cuts through a lot of the conflicting advice to make getting your Yummy Tummy a lot more straightforward with just 3 easy tips.
Myth: You Need A Long Workout
Truth: Your body starts burning fat as soon as you start exercising. If you can’t exercise for the 30 minutes a day recommended for adults, a shorter, intense workout is better than no workout. Too much intense working out will wear you out, so start small and work your way up.
Tips: On those busy days, fit in a little exercise when you can.
- Do jumping jacks for 2 minute intervals while studying.
- Stretch while you read or study.
- Challenge yourself to do 200 crunches and squats before you go to bed or right when you wake up.
- Don’t make excuses not to do a little exercise! You can do it.
- Aim for 2 strength-training workouts and 2-3 cardio workouts every week.
Myth: Snacking is always bad
Truth: Snacking really isn’t the problem. Actually, most nutritionists will recommend you eat 4-5 smaller meals each day instead of three big meals. The real culprit is what you choose as a snack, and how big your snack is. Another myth buster: snacking will not boost metabolism. Remember, when you’re snacking, you don’t eat to feel full, you’re eating to feel satisfied and to hold you over until you have a meal.
- Don’t eat from the bag of chips/pretzels/cereal/ etc.
- Choose something fresh, like fruits and veggies.
- Personal favourite: baby carrots and reduced-fat peanut butter. Weird, but awesome.
- Use the hand rule: if you can’t hold it all in your hand, it is probably too big of a snack. Drink water with your snack.
Myth: Drinking water helps you lose weight.
Truth: Substituting high-caloric and high-sugar drinks for water is better for you and will reduce the amount of added sugars in your diet, but the idea that drinking water helps you lose weight has no scientific basis. You might want to carry water with you and drink throughout the day, but water cannot replace food in your diet because you need those essential nutrients to function. Replacing food with water can make you feel worn-down, faint, and unenergetic because of those nutrients you’re lacking.
These 3 simple tips are definitely achievable in even the busiest of lives but if you feel you need a little help to get started or need ideas of manageable chunks of exercise to do every day, have a look at our Yummy Tummy Programme. Designed for Mums of all ages with busy lives it can get you started on the way to your own Yummy Tummy in just 6 weeks.