Let’s focus on ten (10) lifestyles that can cause a massive reduction in the tummy size for both men and women
1. Calm down. Too much stress can contribute to a potbelly. Stress increases levels of cortisol, a hormone that seems to direct fat to our middle. To keep levels low, try this 5- to 10-minute stress reducer: Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit. Next, take several slow, deep breaths to help clear your mind. Continue breathing deeply and repeat the word “one” to yourself as you exhale. (If you get distracted, just bring your focus back to the word “one.”) Practice this for 5 to 10 minutes once or twice a day.
2. Skip the alcohol. That glass of wine with dinner may be part of the reason your jeans are too tight. Alcohol also tends to raise cortisol levels, sending fat to your belly.
3. Stop smoking. “It keeps me thin,” proclaim many smokers. But the truth is that smokers tend to have more abdominal fat than nonsmokers. (The stress hormone cortisol seems to be the culprit here too.) When people stop smoking, the amount of abdominal fat actually decreases.
4. Eat more fiber. Not only is fiber great for overall weight loss (it fills you up so you don’t eat as much), it also prevents constipation, which can cause your tummy to bulge. To stay regular, aim for 22 to 25 g of fiber a day by eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; or try a fiber supplement such as Metamucil.
5. Drink up. For premenstrual bloating, drink lots and lots of water. This will actually help flush away bloating, not make it worse.
6. Keep bones strong. Osteoporosis can lead to fractured bones in your spine, causing you to slump. That shortens your abdominal cavity, giving your belly no place to go but out. The best way is aerobic exercise for 45 to 60 minutes, five times a week. When started running, walking and stair-climbing for about 1 hour, five days a week, I did more than just uncover my abs. I went from a size 16 to a size 4 and lost more than 60 pounds.
8. Tuck that tummy. Imaging there’s a magnet pulling your belly button back toward your spine. Practice the tuck until it becomes comfortable, and soon it will come naturally—like breathing. Do it every chance you get. That’s how habits start.
9. Hit the weights. Aim for two or three weight workouts a week.
10. Get a bonus ab workout. Stand as much as possible when doing weight-lifting exercises. That way your abs work too.They help to balance and stabilize your body. Concentrate on keeping your abs tight and maintaining good posture, but don’t hold your breath.