It's the start of the year, and most of us are jumpstarting our #BalikAlindog goals. Losing the puson is a common target for most ladies because, well, #BikiniBody. Unfortunately, this area is stubborn to get rid of, and you need determination and discipline to be successful. While the quest for eliminating the belly pooch seems elusive, one only needs to do four things to achieve this. Read on to find out more:
1. Change your diet—for real.
You've probably heard this before: Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. So, you have to be keen on what you'll be having every meal. Stay away from trans fat—if the label says partially hydrogenated oil, leave it. That's basically lard, honey, and you don't want that floating around in your system. Fast food and processed foods (most of the snacks in the grocery aisle!) have this. Instead, go for monounsaturated fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
To back up your diet makeover, refrain from having refined carbs and sugar, like white bread, pasta, white rice, table sugar, corn syrup. Get your carb fix from whole wheat bread, brown or red rice, whole wheat pasta, rolled oats, and high fiber, starchy vegetables, like kamote and potatoes. For your sweet tooth, resort to fruits and stevia as your sugar substitute.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas By @cookingclassy Seasoning 2 tsp chili powder (preferrably 1 tsp ancho chili powder 1 tsp regular) 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground paprika 1/2 tsp ground coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper Fajita filling 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips (slice extra wide strips in half) 1 of each red, green and yellow bell peppers, cored and sliced into strips (3 whole total) 1 medium yellow onion, halved and sliced from top to root 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro For serving 8 taco size flour tortillas Sour cream, avocado slices or guacamole, diced tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend (toppings are optional) Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 17 by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. For the seasoning: In a small mixing bowl whisk together chili powders, cumin, paprika, coriander, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, set aside. For the fajitas filling: Spread bell peppers and yellow onion onto baking sheet. Top with chicken strips then sprinkle garlic and seasoning evenly over chicken strips. Drizzle olive oil over top then toss everything to evenly coat. Spread into an even layer working to keep chicken from overlapping. Roast in preheated oven, tossing once halfway through cooking, until veggies are tender and chicken has cooked through, about 20 - 25 minutes (test a few of the larger pieces to make sure they are 165 in the center, careful not to over-bake it or the chicken may be dry). Wrap tortillas tightly in foil and warm in oven during last 5 minutes of fajita filling cooking. Drizzle lime juice evenly over top of the chicken fajita filling, sprinkle with cilantro and more salt to taste and toss to coat. Serve filling warm in warm tortillas with desired toppings.
Prevent bloating by stuffing your body with high fiber foods and by lowering your sodium intake. This means saying goodbye to junk food! No more chips, donuts, burgers—you know the drill! See more of the new eating habits you should adapt here.
2. Move it!
Now here comes the fun part, exercise! There are no shortcuts and spot exercises to torch your puson fat. You need to burn fat throughout your whole body, and it takes a good, old-fashioned full-body cardio sweat sesh to attain this. Non-gym activities like running, jumping rope, and swimming can burn you tons of calories. If you're a gym type of girl, high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts will shrink you. Try the beginner-friendly workout below that requires no equipment, yet melts the F word all over your body:
3. Tone and get strong.
Now that you know how to shed the layer of fat from your belly, toning exercises like crunches and V-ups will define your abdomen and obliques. Alternate toning bodyweight or free weight workouts (don't forget your arms, legs, back, and butt, okay?) with cardio exercises mentioned above regularly for at least 12 weeks, so you'll be fit, strong, and puson-free. Here's an ab workout you can try at home:
4. Rest and relax.
You read that right. You need to take a breather to make your puson disappear. Make sure to have recovery days every other day if you're starting, or every three days if you're used to exercising already to give way for your muscles to heal and form cuts. Also, staying stress-free reduces the cortisol levels in your body, which then aids to keep your waist-to-hip ratio lower. If you feel stressed, count to ten and take deep breaths to calm your mind. You can also try yoga and other meditation exercises.