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Guest Post: How to Get Your Belly Ready for Swimsuit Season

Swimsuit season is coming and if you are not ready to embrace some body positivity and show off your body the way it is, it’s still not too late to shave off some of that unwanted fat from your belly. Not to worry, I’m not going to just tell you to eat less and exercise more, that “secret” has been out for a very long time and it clearly doesn’t work for everyone, but maybe some of these other tips will:

Ditch the Transport

Moving is the best way to get your metabolism going, and moving absolutely doesn’t have to be just exercise. Throw away your car keys and the bus pass and start walking, cycling and roller skating to your destinations. This seemingly small increase in activity will do a lot more than it might look on the surface: by constantly using your muscles, you are never putting your body in a dormant state – which is when our metabolism slows down. If you have a desk job, try not to use the phone to contact your colleagues, but rather walk over to their desk and talk to them. When watching TV, try not to just sit or lay down, but rather watch it while ironing the clothes, doing some light stretches, or even just sitting up straight. In short: unless you are purposefully sleeping or resting, try to never be in a position where your body thinks it can fall asleep.

Hydrate

You probably already heard of the “drink a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up” tip – and it’s not just gibberish. Not only does if flush out the toxins, but it wakes up your body and tells your metabolism that it’s time to wake up and start working. You should always drink a glass of water or tea before eating because it will fill your tummy to a certain point and make you feel full sooner. We, as humans, tend to overeat, because the signal that goes from our belly to our brain telling us that we’re full isn’t instant, so by the time we get it, it’s already too late and we’ve eaten more than we should. Not to mention that water helps fight cellulite – the other enemy of summer and bikinis – and gives us smoother skin and better hair.

Targeted Fat Reduction

It is simply impossible to target the fat on one part of the body with good eating habits and exercise. Sure, doing certain exercise will give you better muscles in that area, but the fat we lose is the same all over our bodies. The only way to reduce fat in a specific, targeted area is with medical assistance. Don’t worry – in this day and age there is no need to go under the knife. Non-invasive treatments like cryolipolysis are available in some clinics, and they are great for people who want fast results and just don’t have the time to commit to a weight loss plan. But remember – this isn’t a magic wand: you will still have to change up your lifestyle if you want to maintain the results.

No matter what your summer goals are, there is no point in crash-dieting or boot camp workouts a few weeks before the summer. The only way you will be happy and healthy long-term is if you implement changes into your lifestyle that you can follow every day. Start with small, simple changes, and if they stick, you can work your way up to a lifestyle you want to lead. We all feel great when we look great, but it’s important to remember that all bodies are different and all we should be doing is try to be healthy and happy.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

“Targeted” Weight Loss Is A Myth

We all have an area of our body that we’re not happy with. Or, particularly not happy with.

For some, it’s the classics. You wish your waist was more nipped in, that your hips were narrower, that your upper arms were tauter. Perhaps you wish for slimmer thighs or a jawline that’s tight to the bone.

For others, it’s the less obvious areas. A slimmer upper back, so bra straps glaze effortlessly over the skin rather than creating the dreaded ‘back fat’. Perhaps you think your wrists should be more slender, or you daydream of the perfect neck nape that can arch like a swan.

We all have these areas – it’s one of the most uniting things, in fact. While you may be generally satisfied with the rest of your body, there’s always something that stands out as being in need of attention.

The Myth of “Targeted Weight Loss”

Unfortunately, the fact that these concerns are fairly universal opens them up to exploitation. There are more than enough unscrupulous companies who will take this knowledge and decide to run with it, offering a solution – in exchange for a lot of money, of course – that can conquer our body demon area once and for all.

With this problem, the snake-oil style sales tactics focus on the idea of “targeted weight loss”. They will sell you a product or a vegetable (lest we forget that the lobbying industry for vegetables is very much a thing – how else would a nonentity like kale have gone from an unknown to a must-have?) that is going to be able to target a specific area of your body.

Eat tomatoes to limit your stomach fat!

Fed up of your upper arms? You need yams!

And so on and so forth.

Some Of The Hype Is Based In Reality

Sometimes, what’s being advertised is a positive thing. Telling people to eat more tomatoes is never a bad thing; they’re extremely nutritious and many of the compounds they contain will help with fat loss. But there’s no way of helping with a certain area. It just doesn’t exist, it’s not possible, that’s not how the human body works.

It’s equivalent to those painkillers that tell you that they are for a specific type of pain, such as headaches or period pain. That’s marketing nonsense (and Australia, for example, have banned them as a result). It’s the same with diet and foods; they can’t target a particular area.

So What Does Work?

If you have a defined concern, then you should address it first and foremost through diet. There’s no doubt that general calorie control coupled with these weight loss ideas can help reduce your overall intake and improve your nutrition, which is the first step to tackling a stubborn area.

With that ticked off, target an area through exercise rather than diet. Research specific toning exercises for the area you’re concerned about, listen to your body energy levels and then try to do them regularly. It might not be an exciting, cure-all answer, but it’s a method that has one preference over the wild claims…

… It will actually work.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

5 Reasons Your Waist is Getting Bigger

Hey lovelies, as summer gets closer, and the pool is calling your name, I thought we’d talk about that area that most women – and men too – hate… Their stomach. The area that many of us carry extra fat in, and that’s okay because today I’m letting you in on some information as to why you may have that little pooch, muffin top, a busted can of biscuits, whatever you call your stomach. Here are five reasons your waist is getting bigger.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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