Shrink Your Waist
Shrink your waist is not only makes you feel better, but may also improve your health. And unhealthy belly fat comes off faster than fat stored on your hips and legs. However, while you may be anxious to lose pounds and inches from your waist in a matter of days, you will need to take weight off slowly, making changes to how you eat and exercise to ensure you’re losing fat and not muscle
About Belly Fat
surrounding your organs. You can’t touch visceral fat, but you can see it as the bulging mound that some people refer to as apple-shaped. Visceral fat is especially bad because it’s linked to medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
The good news is that visceral fat comes off faster than subcutaneous fat. That means you’ll lose inches from your waist faster than inches from your hips.
Having a generous waist is linked to serious medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For men, a waist larger than 40 inches puts you at risk, and for women, a measurement larger than 35 inches
Calories to Trim Inches from Your Waist
If you want to lose the pounds and the inches from your waist, you need to make a change to your calorie equation. Consuming fewer calories than your body needs forces your body to turn to fat for fuel. One pound of fat has 3,500 calories, so creating a 500- to 1,000-calorie-a-day negative balance, through diet, exercise or both, can help you lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. Losing more than 2 pounds a week is not recommended because it typically leads to loss of more muscle than fat.
No special food or exercise can help spot reduce from anywhere on the body, including the belly, so there’s no way to speed up the number of inches you lose from your waist. As you lose weight all over, however, your waist circumference will shrink.
Right Food Choices
Calories are important, but so are the foods you eat. Certain types of food, refined carbs such as white bread and sweets, high-fat meats such as bacon and sausage and trans fats such as those found in baked goods and fried foods — are linked to belly fat. To lose inches from your waist, skip these types of foods. Instead, eat more whole grains, fruits and veggies, healthy proteins such as fish, poultry, lean red meat, eggs, beans and soy and healthy fats such as olive oil, safflower oil and various nuts and seeds.
Stay away from foods high in salt and sodium, especially if you’re trying to lose inches in days. Too much dietary sodium may cause fluid retention and abdominal bloating. In addition to eliminating the salt shaker, to reduce the bloat, limit boxed and canned foods, watch out for sodium-laden condiments such as soy sauce, and avoid salty snacks such as salted nuts.
Also, be sure to drink plenty of water, 8 to 12 cups a day, to help your body flush out excess sodium and fluid.
Exercise to Lose Inches around the Waist
Regular exercise can help you shed inches from your waist. At a minimum, you should do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise most days of the week, and 60 minutes is even better. A fast-paced walk, a low-impact aerobics class, a bike ride or laps in the pool all work.