Every woman is beautiful in their own special way. Each one has her own facial features and dressing sense that sets her apart from the rest of the crowd. You - yes, YOU - are super beautiful too. But there is not one woman on the planet who is completely satisfied with the way she looks. Every woman has at least one insecurity about the way she looks. She might think that her face is too round, her hair is too thick or thin, her lips are too big/small, her nose is too sharp/blunt or that she looks fat even when she is not. What do you think most women are really insecure about? Take a wild guess. Yes, it is that they think they look fat.
We shouldn’t really have to fit into society’s standards of what they think is beautiful. All we should try to do is look our best by taking good care of our skin, hair and of course, fitness. If you are trying to lose your belly and thigh fat, all you need to do is make a few changes in your diet and exercise routine. If you haven’t been exercising at all, don’t believe in the concept of exercise, don’t think you have the time to get flexing or exercise only once or twice a week, then this next section is for you.
1. Why And When You Should Exercise
In order to stay healthy, we need to keep our bodies moving and stay active. Our bodies are built to keep moving around and not to just sit for long hours at our desk jobs. You might be aware of how our ancestors would actually go out to hunt for food - back in the stone age times. Animals definitely run faster than us and it was for this reason that we would train ourselves to run faster. We also had to also run away from predators to keep ourselves and our families alive.
Now, all we need to do is switch on our phones and order our food home. We don’t even have to leave the house to buy groceries thanks to online grocery shopping. But all of these things are actually just so that we can save time. How about, instead of paying for that extra delivery charge, we actually walk down and get the groceries every once in a while? Carry the groceries in your hand - it definitely counts as weightlifting. When you are at the office, set an alarm for you get up and walk around every 20-30 minutes. You could get up and drink some water during this break or you could just catch up with some friends.
Go for a walk in the mornings - it really isn’t that difficult. If your mornings are super busy, get up an hour earlier and/or get others in your house to help you finish up the chores. Ideally, you should aim to get an hour long walk and soak in those early morning sun rays for that Vitamin D. Get back and have a glass of milk - you will hear your bones say Ah! Vitamin D helps you soak in the calcium better. When you are alone in your room, even for a minute, start doing some jumping jacks. This easily burns a couple of calories and it will actually get you energised.
2. What Kind Of Exercises
If you are aiming to lose weight only in your thighs and belly, you are going to be disappointed. There is no such thing as reducing weight in a specific area. When you exercise, the fat gets burned from all the areas equally. If there is a higher store of fat in your thighs and belly, they will get burned off if you do the right amount of exercise along with a few tweaks to your diet. As long as you know that doing exercises that only aim at thigh and belly reduction you are good to go.
So take some time out every day to work on a new set of muscles. Monday could be leg day where you perform squats (different variants), lunges, and jumping jacks. Tuesday could be for strengthening your core muscles by performing different kinds of planks, push-ups, and crunches. Wednesday can be the day when you do cardio exercises - skipping rope, jumping jacks and a quick jog. Thursday can be for lifting different sets of weights. You can take a day’s worth of break from exercise during the week whenever you feel tired or if your muscles feel too sore. You should also include stretching and a bit of yoga into your routine. This is just a guide and you don’t have to follow this exactly as it is. There are some fun ways to exercise for days when you don’t feel motivated. You can resort to aerobic videos, dance videos or celebrity workout videos to get you moving. The videos will show how many minutes you need for the workout so that when you are short on time, you can still figure out what works for your schedule.
3. What You Should Eat
Now just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean that you should stop eating. What you should change is what you eat. You should consume a good amount of proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. A low-carb diet will help you burn off the fat faster. If there is any water retention due to the extra carbs you consumed earlier, that would also be eliminated. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated when trying to lose weight so that you don’t get too many stretch marks or cellulite.
Your diet should consist of meat, eggs, dairy, nuts and plenty of fruit and vegetables. You can consume carbs in minimal quantities but make sure to only have whole grains. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juices. You can even prepare soups and herbal teas if you get bored of the regular taste of water. But remember that water is always the best option when it comes to staying hydrated.
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