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How to CURE Tailgate Tummy

Food and drinks are a fun part of any tailgate, but they can also lead to a calorie overload that results in a few extra and unwanted pounds. You may have heard some people refer to this as a “beer belly” but one expert is warning about a condition he’s calling the “tailgate tummy.” Tailgate tummy is something many people encounter each fall as they spend their weekends in front of televisions, in backyards or in stadium parking lots cheering on their favorite team. For a lot of fans, this time is spent with a beer in hand and salty, often fatty or processed foods in the other. 

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Full body exercise

It’s easy to think that doing exercises that work the gut will make belly fat disappear. This is not true, Dr. Aaron Clark, a family physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says. Instead focus on full-body workouts to get rid of fat. Such exercises are squats, push-ups, lunges, planks, and deadlifts.

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Drink water

While it may be tempting to wash down salty, processed foods with beer, water will work just as well, Dr. Clark says. Rehydration is important but people do not hydrate well, which is slowly making you sick, because they are already full and if they drink beer they may feel bloated, he adds.

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Don’t do it often

Don’t let drinking beer become a bad habit. Drink at different times of the day, go a few days between drinking and try to stop after one beer, Dr. Clark says. The carbs from the grains of which beer is made will cause your body’s insulin level to rise, resulting in more fat being stored.

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Walk to the tailgate

If you’re going to be drinking before or after the game, park your car 30 minutes away from the tailgate, Dr. Clark suggests. “The brisk walk from the event to the car will burn away some of the calories you consumed.” You can get in shape just by walking – it is, after all, a form of easy and low-impact aerobic exercise.

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Keep standing

Lying down after drinking is a big mistake, Dr. Clark says. “Beer relaxes the body already, and lying down won’t help. You’ll be less likely to want to get back up and be active.” Avoid prolonged sitting by walking when you’re talking to people, meeting friends on the move, and placing your desk away from the trash can of the water fountain at the office.

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Pilates

Crunches tend to cause neck and back strain, Dr. Clark says. You can get flat abs without a single crunch. Other core exercises, such as Pilates, are preferred. The workout is basically a series of movements that increase elasticity of the back, core, hamstrings and hips. It builds strength while maintaining flexibility.

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Build muscle

The biggest misconception people have is that cardio is more important than strength training. Strength training is where you will increase your metabolism by adding more muscle to your frame. When you have more muscle, you burn more calories.

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Sleep more

Lack of sleep and weight gain are closely connectedScience has confirmed time and again that fewer hours of quality shut-eye affects your waistline. Sleep deprivation affects the brain in a way that makes you want to eat more and causes your body to not process food efficiently. It sparks a vicious cycle where you are left feeling tired, your metabolism is slowed down, and your hormones are messed up. 

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Interval training

Intermittent bouts of high intensity exercise, mixed with rest, has shown to burn more fat than moderate intensity exercise, whether using weights or cardiovascular exercise. An example would be alternating between 30 seconds on and 60 seconds off of cycling or kettlebell swings. It takes longer to recover after an HIIT workout, which means you’re still burning calories even though you’re not exercising.

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Yoga

You cannot spot reduce, but that doesn’t mean you cannot burn off belly fat. This is where core exercises and yoga come in. Losing belly fat involves losing fat in general, and yoga involving aerobic activity will do the trick. At the very least yoga helps with fixing your posture, which gives the illusion of a flatter belly.

How to CURE Tailgate Tummy