Getting rid of belly fat may be the most common (and the most difficult) concern when it comes to weight loss. A little bit of belly fat can be a good thing; it protects your stomach, intestines, and other internal organs. However, too much belly fat is not healthy and can cause inflammation, and eventually lead to heart disease and diabetes. There are tons of proven ways that you can lose belly fat without having to hit the gym every day, and here we outline our favorites.
Lighten Up on the Salt
While there is nothing wrong with salt per se, too much salt will make you retain more water and cause you to bloat. One of the fastest and easiest ways to lose belly bloat is to cut back on salt. Obesity and sodium have been closely linked, according to multiple studies. If you can’t imagine eating food without any seasoning, try using more pepper than salt when it comes to seasoning your food. You could also try flavoring your food with different spices if you don’t want your meal to lose its flavor.
Cut Back on Beer
Beer is known to cause belly bloat; ever heard the term “beer gut”? The bubbles and sugar from beer are a major cause of belly bloat. An excess of alcohol can also lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which causes gas on top of fat being stored around the stomach. When you drink alcohol, your liver burns alcohol instead of fat, leaving excess fat to hang around your waistline. Beer also has a lot of calories that are very easy to overdo. If you really want to shrink your gut, hold off on chugging too many beers in one sitting.