Okay guys, summer is in full force, the weather is hot, and dipping in a pool or the beach is almost inevitable. Time to bust out the bathing suit! Ladies, don’t leave that bikini hanging on your door handle another season—it’s time to kick that belly fat and feel comfortable in the skin you’re in. 

Since our tummies carry so much of our stress, inflammation, and irritation, belly fat—unlike most other problem areas in our bodies—is trickier to firm up. However, through our years of training ourselves and others, Chris and I have found 5 ways to shed that stubborn belly fat and tone up those abs, and we got to share our secrets to a slimmer, more toned belly on The Dr. Oz Show last week. As we explained during the segment, these are not quick fixes. These are life hacks, if you will, to be done at least 3x a week, if not daily, to kick that tricky tummy weight.

Here are some simple things you can do every single day to lose that stubborn belly fat once and for all:

The 10 Gulp Rule: If you’ve been following along for a while, I’m certain you’ve heard us preach the necessity of consuming enough water. Drinking half your body weight in ounces every day is necessary for becoming and staying hydrated, so how the heck are you supposed to guzzle down that much water in one day?! By following the 10 gulp rule, of course! Taking a sip here and there won’t cut it when it comes to hydrating, so instead, make a promise to yourself that every single time you put water to your lips you’ll take 10 small gulps before setting it back down. This is one of the simplest ways to ensure your body gets the water it needs to fight fat and stay hydrated!

Some of my favorite water bottles to keep you cute and hydrated:

Muscle Up Oats: I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage…Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is! But it’s what we put IN our breakfast that’s really important. A few years ago, Chris developed what he considers the holy grail of breakfasts: Plain oats, mixed with a raw egg, then cooked. Sounds simple, right? But it’s packed full of so many belly fat fighting essentials that it’s basically a slim down superfood. Combining oats with an egg makes it full of fiber and protein, and cooking the oats with the egg almost doubles the  size of the meal, making it high volume without being high fat. This meal will keep you fuller longer while providing the protein and nutrients your body needs.

Diuretic Salad: Sounds yummy, right? 😉 This bad boy may not have the most appetizing name, but its fat fighting properties make it extremely appealing. As Americans, we sadly consume way too much sodium—double, sometimes triple, the recommended amount—without even realizing it. It’s sneaks into your favorite foods, and before you know it, your belly is bloated with lots of unneeded water weight. A bowl full of some simple greens is a quick way to fight off that bloat, and a combination of dandelion stems and fennel acts as a natural diuretic, helping your body to rid itself of that extra bloat. Add baby arugula, Belgian, endive, carrot, celery, and a light lemon vinaigrette for a quick, easy, natural way to slim down that tummy after a sodium overdose. 

De-stress: I know—this is easier said than done. Look, we’re not expecting you to indulge in weekly massages or even take the time for daily meditation. What we are proposing is a few seconds a day to de-stress from the daily grind, and here’s how to do it: Stand up, tense and tighten every muscle in your body for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat 3 times. Feel better? Thought so! This is actually a tried and true method used by even the most seasoned athletes before big games or events, and it’s a fast fix for calming down and releasing negative energies. 

Vacuum with a twist: I’m not talking vacuuming up your carpet, although I’m sure if using a vacuum cleaner could ensure me rockin’ abs, I would have the cleanest house on the block! 😉 I’m talking about my trusty ol’ method for building strong abdominal muscles, and I’ve preached this method dozens of times because it just plain works. It’s truly the ONLY ab exercise I ever do. To complete this exercise, simply inhale, completely filling your lungs, then exhale all of your air slowly. Then draw in your abdominal muscles and begin to twist left to right. For a beginner, I recommend doing 10 reps 3x a day. As your muscles become stronger, try doing 20 reps 5x a day for maximum ab strengthening!

With so many quick fix methods, pills promising flatter abs, and belly fat busters on the market, it’s hard to know which end is up! These 5 methods are our tried and true, time-tested secrets for burning that belly fat for good. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Xoxo,

Heidi

PS: In case you missed our flat belly secrets segment on Dr. Oz, you can view the full segment here.

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