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Give Up These 11 Things to Get Rid of Your Gut for Good

Bathing suit season has just arrived and many of us are doing our best to get in shape. You may realize that you are dropping pounds, but you still find it difficult to get rid of your belly fat.

Unfortunately, losing the fat around your waist may come as more of a struggle. It takes more than just hitting the gym and getting in a good cardio session to see results. You may have to change around your eating habits, eat foods high in nutrients, reduce stress and get more sleep.

*Related: Eat These Foods for a Flat Stomach

Abdominal fat is associated with a number of negative health risks – heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few.

Losing belly fat is hard work, but with these simple tips and tricks you will find yourself on the right track to getting rid of your gut for good.

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Drinking diet soda

Drinking diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.

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Eating out too much

Instead of going out to eat, prepare your meals at home. When you go to a restaurant, you are more likely to overeat and eat unhealthy foods. Studies have shown that the more often you eat out, the more likely you are to carry around excess pounds. Cooking your meals at home allows you to add healthy ingredients to your food and create your own portion sizes.

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Late nights

The later you go to sleep the more likely you are to accumulate extra belly fat. Your body burns even more fat while you sleep. That being said, go to sleep a little earlier and make a few easy adjustments to your sleep schedule. For instance, reduce your caffeine intake, keep your bedroom cool and take a warm bath.

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Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar-free foods usually contain artificial sweeteners. It has been shown that they may cause digestive problems along with belly bloating and weight gain.

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Stress eating

Stress is dangerous for your waistline. It increases cortisol – a hormone which signals your body and creates belly fat. It also has been shown to cause overeating; this may be because some foods such as sugar or other “comfort foods,” actually have the ability to make us feel better. However, overtime an overconsumption of these unhealthy foods will cause excess belly fat. Tip: Analyze the stress in your life, try meditation to relieve stress and write in a journal to keep track of the foods you consume.

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Smoking

We have heard it a million times - smoking is bad for your health. It also does extreme damage to your waistline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., but it still manages to kill more than 480,000 Americans each year.

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Salt

Stay away from salt. Salt tends to cause bloating, enhance the taste of foods (so you want to eat more), make you thirsty, and can increase the size of your fat cells (SHAPE).  Reduce your salt intake by eating fresh meat instead of packaged meat. Also, try comparing different brands of the same food so you can find the one with the least amount of sodium.

 

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Alcohol

Alcohol has a tremendous effect on weight gain and belly fat. It has the ability to affect your hormone levels, which affects the way calories are metabolized, causing your body to store extra calories. Tip: Save the drinking for weekends and special occasions.

 

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Eating in front of the TV

We start with one chip, then another, and all of a sudden the bag is empty. Eating in front of the TV is detrimental to your fitness goals. It has been proven that while watching TV you are blocking the feeling of fulfillment because your brain is focused on something else. This in turn leads to overeating.

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Eating too fast

Eating too fast causes you to swallow extra air, resulting in bloating. Tip: Eat slowly, it has also been proven to help you feel fuller faster. *See: 5 Ways to Trick Yourself into Eating Less

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A negative attitude

If you want to get rid of your gut for good, the first step is changing your attitude. Get excited for your morning gym session and don’t let yourself get down if you are not seeing results right away. Results take time; always remember that every time you work out or eat healthy, you are one step closer to achieving your goals. *See: The Top 10 Habits of Positive People

Give Up These 11 Things to Get Rid of Your Gut for Good