Summer time is upon us. It is a time to be shirtless at the beach or dressed down in your favorite bikini you’ve had stowed away. Some of us may be insecure about our midsection when summer time rolls in. There is more to a sculpted belly than just aesthetics. A sculpted and defined abdominal region is a sign of good health and fitness. There are many risks linked with excess belly fat such as insulin resistance and type two diabetes. It is in your best interest to slim down a couple inches around the mid-section if you are overweight or obese.
You can measure your midsection using a tape measure and a pencil and paper to record the numbers. Once you have your numbers down take a look of an online chart related to your height, weight, and gender to see if you are within a safe range. If you are not, don’t fret – read the tips below to slim down your waistline so you can look and feel better.
Keep in mind, you don’t need perfectly flat stomach or chiseled abs to be considered healthy. Taking a few inches off your waist line can improve your health in a myriad of ways.
1. Cardio Cardio Cardio
Cardio is a dreaded task to some. Nonetheless, it’s vital to get at least 3 to 5 days of cardio per week. It doesn’t have to be boring, there are many types of cardio such as swimming, dancing, running, and sprinting.
Many individuals can skimp on protein. An easy way to get enough protein per day is to add in a protein shake or two. Each protein shake can supplement up to 30 grams per serving.
3. Limit Refined Carbs
Refined carbs have very little nutritional value. Pastas, cakes, and snacks made of refined carbs can add inches to your midsection. Swap them out for complex carbs such as brown rice and brown pasta.