While I’ve certainly made strides in making healthy choices and toning my body, stubborn belly fat still plagues me. Yes, I believe my body is a temple. But in this case, my undefined abs are like annoying construction before the temple opens to the public. Because I love to eat, I tapped SoulCycle instructor and holistic nutritionist Eve Lynn Kessner for her tips on how to bid those bumps and bulges adieu—without changing my diet. Perhaps it’s a tall order, but if anyone knows the secrets, it’s Kessner.
It turns out that a lot of what gives us that unwanted belly roundness is not actually fat but bloating. And here’s the truth: With our crazy schedules and nonstop lifestyles, most of us should change what we eat. But that’s easier said than done—let’s be honest, Seamless rules. So, if you’re anything like me (i.e. changing your diet is not an option right now), there are four easy ways to get the results you’ve been craving.
Keep reading for the easiest ways to banish belly fat (without going on a diet)…
“When you are dehydrated, you actually retain more water as a reactionary function. Stay hydrated by drinking throughout the day. And try adding lemon to your water for detoxifying benefits!” Kessner says.
“Make sure to chew your food,” Kessner says. “Really chew it. Chew and chew and chew. Chew until it’s liquid! This helps the digestion process. Often bloating is caused by indigestion, so aiding your digestive process can help you avoid that rumble and grumble you may feel after a heavy meal.”
“Boost your metabolism, and build some abs. While it may seem impossible to squeeze a workout into your already-packed day, the good news is you can get an ab workout almost anywhere,” Kessner says. “While in your chair at work, sit tall and straighten your spine. Pull your shoulder blades back and down. Take a deep breath and on the exhale, pull your belly button in toward your spine. Lock it there. Then start to pulse it, pulling your belly button back farther on each exhale. This will allow for a deep core engagement. Do this for as long as you can. Relax for a while; then start over. You’ll see a difference in your stomach and posture!”
“Everyone knows you should take the stairs instead of the elevator,” Kessner says. “That’s a no-brainer! But what if you tried five jumping jacks on each platform? In addition, start lifting your knees high on each step. You can even run up every other flight if you’re feeling courageous.” Try Dove's Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant ($5) to make sure you stay fresh and dry during a mid-day workout.
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