Alright, so it's already July and you haven't exactly managed to snag yourself that summer six-pack you've been dying for. You have two options, really. You can go ahead and pout that you're not the most shredded dude on the beach or you can pick yourself back up and keep pushing to reach your goals. There's no fitness rule that says belly fat can only be burned pre-Memorial Day Weekend. There's never a bad time for self-improvement, physical or otherwise! Remember that, Gentlemen.
Whether you're trying to lose that full, bloated-feeling or are just having trouble keeping stubborn belly fat from sitting on your pants waist like a belt—follow these simple, almost-not-even-trying tips, and feel the change that in your stomach that you're looking for.
Get Your Ass Out Of Bed Earlier
Exercising before breakfast, a quick run in the park or cycling to work, forces your body to nuke stored fat for energy. That’s unless you're in bed with someone and in that case we’d say stay in bed and try and burn off some calories in another way.
Pump Up The Jams, Pump 'Em Up
Research by Brunel University, Music in The Exercise Domain: Review and Synthesis, proved that listening to music will make you exercise 15 percent longer. And the longer you train, the more blubber you’ll burn. Simple.
Pack Your Bag
Wherever you go, stuff your sack with extra weight. A report in the American College of Sports Medicine found carrying a heavy bag increases your daily fat-burning by 30 percent. Plus, make sure that sack kicks some serious style ass, like this Route One backpack.
Ditch The Simple Carbs
US fitness guru, Tim Ferriss says the best way to shed fat is to ditch fattening white bread, rice, pasta and regular potatoes. You still need carbs, but opt for more complex varieties like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice in smaller portions.
Hide The Bad Stuff
A study in the Cornell Chronicle revealed participants ate an average of 7.7 Kisses each day when the chocolates were in clear containers on their desks; 4.6 when in opaque containers on the desk; 5.6 when in clear jars six feet away; and 3.1 when in opaque jars six feet away.
Drink Yourself Thinner
When boxer Amir Khan needs to strip fat fast, he drinks like a fish. It’s all water, though, sadly. A German study showed drinking lots of water increases your basal metabolic rate – how quickly you burn fat when you’re not exercising – by 30 percent.
Put Cinnamon On Everything
Sprinkling cinnamon into your meals will reduce insulin surges which encourage your body to store fat and ramp up your metabolism.
Dried fruit is low in fat and high in fiber, so it’s the perfect snack to keep you full and stop you from raiding the vending machine.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
A tall mocha is packed with 350 calories so it’s easy to blindly drink yourself fat. Choose a low-calorie green tea, Americano or espresso instead.
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