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Keep that belly trim

Afternoon Despatch and Courier 2018-05-15 00:00:00

Build fat-busting methods into your lifestyle for that svelte look

All of us want toned abs and sculpted cores, but the trouble is, we don’t want to give up those ice-creams and other goodies. If you don’t want to skimp on all the good stuff, you need to build other fat-busting methods into your lifestyle. After all, it can get really depressing when you want to wear that gorgeous dress and find that it looks terrible on you because your belly is getting all the attention!

So here are some ideas to flatten your stomach, and have fun while you are at it.

Clean your home
Okay, this may not be so much fun, but there is no denying you will feel a huge amount of satisfaction as those dust bunnies disappear. We knew someone who swore by ‘katka therapy’—getting down on her hands and knees to swab the floor the old-fashioned way. As you attack that floor, don’t forget to tighten your abdominal muscles as you go back and forth. Your tummy will thank you.

Drink water
You will not only be quenching your thirst in the most effective manner, but also flushing away all the horrible stuff that your body is hanging on to as it leaves you feeling bloated.

Think twice about those French fries
Anything with a lot of salt will give you a puffy look as your body will retain more fluid. So avoid those fries at your local fast food joint and go slow on processed foods.

Avoid those soft drinks!
You didn’t need us to tell you that one; you knew already. Still—and especially in these hot summer months—it is always a temptation to knock back a sugar-laden, fizzy drink as you try to stave off the thirst. Honestly, it doesn’t help; you will just be thirsty again in a few minutes. Plus, you will have added lots of useless calories to your daily diet.

Not at a cocktail party, of course. There’s this fabulous new trend where people are getting together to exercise. Instead of meeting your friends over food or bonding over booze, how about you get an exercise buddy; set aside weekly walk-and-talk time, or get in shape with an informal fitness club?