Stay Away from Sweets
Although sweets are one of the best parts of life, it is best to avoid them if you want to slim down. Sugar, in general, is not very good for our health. The calories from sugary treats add to our waistlines, and on top of that, an excess of sugar leads to insulin resistance. This will signal our bodies to store extra fat around our stomachs. Sugar also causes bloating in the short term by feeding the bad bacteria in your gut. If you absolutely can’t imagine your life without sweets, try eating more natural sugars from fresh fruits.
Check Out Your Hormones
Sometimes your hormones may be out of balance, which causes belly bloat. Bloating is often the number one complaint in women going through menopause. Thyroid issues are often caused by a hormonal imbalance, leading to weight gain around the stomach. High levels of estrogen and low testosterone are also known for causing abdominal fat. If you believe your hormones are out of whack, make an appointment to see you doctor and see if your hormones are in a normal range. In the meantime, eating right and exercising are a natural way to balance your hormones.Related: Thyroid Cancer: Signs and Symptoms
Get More Sleep
Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it does take a toll on your health. Sleep is important! We cannot stress enough the importance of sleep when it comes to weight loss, mental health, and overall health. Losing just 30 minutes of sleep can increase your chances of gaining weight that will go straight to your stomach, according to research. The best thing to do is get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Also, research has shown that waking up and going to sleep with the sun goes along with your natural circadian rhythm, and is the most optimal sleep cycle.