STARTLING New Study About Belly Fat

5 Simple steps to stop the belly fat epidemic

Belly Boot CampYou won’t believe this startling new study…. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two-thirds of all women are affected by abdominal obesity. If you’re a woman, you fall in this category if you have a waistline of more than 35 inches. For men, abdominal obesity is defined as a waistline of more than 40 inches.

Women who have an “apple” shape figures (carry their fat around their belly) run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related ailments compared to those who carry their weight in their hips, buns and thighs (“pear” shaped).

So if you notice your midsection expanding, here are 5 easy ways to combat the belly fat epidemic TODAY!

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Scatter Fitness Around Your Home

When it comes to working out, you don’t have to buy a pricy gym membership or spend money on fancy equipment to stay active. Instead, you can simply keep yourself moving throughout the day. To do that, scatter a set of dumbbells, a stretchy strap, and a resistance tube around the house. Keeping simple items like these underneath your bed, next to the TV, or by your computer will serve as reminders throughout the day to take a few minutes to do your favorite ab exercise. You absolutely don’t need fancy equipment! All you need is a few pieces of light equipment around the house.

Count To 10,000

If you invest in a fitness tracker, you can see how active you are throughout the day. You don’t need a fancy FitBit to do this…a simple pedometer will do the trick. Find a tracker that counts your steps, and aim for 10,000. Having this goal will keep you motivated to get a little extra activity throughout the day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from work, and getting outside for a fat-blasting walk. Or, even challenge yourself to take a 1-minute burpee break at the top of the hour. Burn calories and engage your core in 1 move!

Make Fitness Social

I’m often asked to name the most important aspect about working out. That’s easy: consistency! The most powerful forces in our lives are our habits. You probably have a number of things in your life (for better or worse) that you do habitually, without thinking. If you can make exercise one of them, you’ve won the battle.

I have a hard time even telling people what my exercise “regimen” is because I don’t think of it that way. Being physically active is woven into the fabric of my life; I don’t think of it as a separate thread.

One of the easiest ways to make your  exercise consistent is to make it social. Gather a few friends together and invite each other out for hikes, walks, and other outdoor activities where you get to socialize while burning calories. This is one my favorite way to incorporate fun activity without spending ANY money!

Make It Easy To Grab-And-Go:

Mason jar saladThe key to healthy eating on a budget is to PLAN IT OUT! When you prepare your meals throughout the week, you keep down both your expenses and preparation time. I like to carve out Sundays as a day to prepare extra chicken breasts and freeze for the upcoming week.

During this time, it’s also helpful to chop up veggies for fresh and tasty salads. Put these ingredients in mason jars and store in the refrigerator, so when it comes time to eat your lunch, all you have to do is pull out your pre-cut veggies, put on your chicken breasts, and within a few minutes, your lunch is made!

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Befriend The Blender:

I’m a big believer in the blender! It’s a quick way to whip up inexpensive and healthy smoothies and juices. All you have to do is throw in some of your favorite veggies and fruits. I add in spinach, kale, berries almond milk, and protein mix. When you include a good source of fat from 1/4 of an avocado, flax seeds, or my favorite…Barlean’s Omega Swirl. It’s the magic formula for a well-balanced and nutritious meal!

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These five tips will help you make healthy living simple, easy and less expensive, which will keep you motivated! Remember, it’s all about progress, not perfection.