Health & Fitness

Whittle your waist away without having to exercise (yes, really!)

Here's a quick cheat sheet of stuff you can do for a tauter tummy beyond just sweating it out

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1. Stop to breathe

A study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that people who practised mindfulness were 25 per cent less likely to be obese and had less ab fat than those who were more generally more stressed out. The link between stress and belly fat is simple: When your stress level rises, so does the production of stress hormones. The result of that is weight gain, particularly around the middle. To keep calm and composed, try technique: Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose for up to five minutes. Let your stomach expand fully on the inhale.

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2. Ditch sugary drinks

Sugar consumption is linked to weight gain. Recent research has found that those who drank sweetened beverages daily gained 27 per cent more fat than non-drinkers. Drinking mainly water is the ideal situation, but we know that isn’t always practical. If you’re a coffee lover, dress up your cup of joe with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk. If you prefer tea, you’re in luck: compounds in green, black and oolong tea are said to contribute to ab-fat loss. When going for fresh juices, vegatable juice trumps fruit juice as the healthier choice.

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3. Stretch your abs

Stretching helps to improve your range of motion. Being more flexible helps a ton in maximising the benefits of your ab workouts so you’ll strengthen your core even more quickly and efficiently. Spinal twists, cat and cow, and bridge pose are just some stretches that target the stomach and abdomen area.

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4. Have veggies for dinner

More veggies are good for you! A study in Diabetec Medicine found that type-2 diabetecs who consumed a vegetarian diet, combined with moderate aerobic exercise thrice weekly, lost more belly fat and weight than those who ate a typical lower-carb diabetic diet.

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5. Relax before hitting the sack

Sleep deprivation is bad for you on many levels, including the weight gain department. Researchers found that people who got less than six hours of sleep a night gained more than double the fat than those who went from sleeping too little to getting about seven to eight hours per night. 

This article was originally published on www.shape.com.sg.

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