Here are 6 things you should give up today, if you've got a gut that you'd like to eliminate:
Drinking diet soda
It's calorie-free, but it still comes with a cost. New research suggests that diet soda drinkers take in more total calories throughout the day. Overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda take in 88-194 more calories, on average, each day in comparison to adults who do not drink diet or regular soda.
Eating out too often
When eating out, zero in on certain words on a restaurant menu: Anything breaded, fried, crusted, smothered or creamed will likely be higher in fat than something that is grilled, broiled or sauted. Cut down on the condiments and toppings as welle.g., hold the mayo and dont ask for extra cheese.
Being lazy on weekends
Research from Northwestern University has linked staying up lateand then sleeping in the next morningto weight gain. Study subjects who went to bed after midnight, woke up mid-morning and ate their first meal of the day around noon consumed more calories a day, ate more fast food and consumed fewer fruits and vegetables than those who routinely went to bed before midnight and woke up around 8 a.m. each morning.
Fighting stress with sugar
A study from Harvard Medical School suggests that as stress increases cortisol levels in the body, it leads to cravings for sugary and fatty foods. Instead of hitting up the vending machine, reach for a smarter snack.
Sticking to steady-state cardio
A study shows that high-intensity interval training burns more fatabdominal fat in particularthan steady-state cardio routines, like zoning out on the treadmill.
Smokers have larger waist circumferences than nonsmokers due to more abdominal fat and less muscle mass, which are direct effects of smoking. Do your lungs (and waist) a favor and drop the cancer sticks.
~BS and Vanessa