If you’re trying to slim down, limit what you eat for dinner because what your body can’t burn for energy it stores as fat
Trimming your waistline can be a very hard thing to do, because targeting localized fat is more difficult due to genetic, metabolic, and hormonal factors, among others.
Although you might think the solution is to simply go on a diet, there are some rebellious parts of your body that will usually be more challenging to trim or tone, like the abdomen.
In today’s article we want to show you four highly effective and surprising tips to trim your waist in a week, and it’s a lot easier than you might think.
Why can’t I trim my waist?
Having a tiny waistline is the dream of most women who want to have a more feminine silhouette because it also enhances the curves of their hips.
This is a part of the body where fat easily builds up, however, even if you’re already thin.
Let’s see what can cause this situation, aside from genetics.
- Hormonal imbalances, during menopause, for example
- Digestive disorders
- A slow metabolism
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Eating refined foods or lots of sugar
- Alcohol abuse
Limit what you eat for dinner
Dinner is the meal that’s usually responsible for fattening you up and the effects can be noticeable, especially in the waist. Fortunately, your abdomen is where you’ll notice the difference first when you change how you eat dinner: eating less and eating earlier.
Some people complain that it’s too hard to have an early dinnertime. Instead, you should find a way to enjoy a midafternoon snack and eat something very light in the evening.
There are others who argue that dinner is the only time that the family gets together, so it would be too much of a sacrifice to alter that.
In this case, we suggest that you choose light, easy to prepare recipes and exercise the willpower to consume smaller portions. Having an earlier snack is a great way to sit down at the dinner table without feeling too hungry.
In the morning you’ll notice that your stomach is more trim, which will encourage you to keep up this good habit.
Control your portions
What we recommended for how much you should eat at dinner should be your goal for every meal.
You don’t need to go hungry, but you should find the exact point where you could still eat more but no longer need to. In fact, if you just wait five or 10 minutes, your hunger might disappear.
Knowing when to limit yourself is key because usually when you eat more than you should it’s something fattening, like bread or sweets.
One trick is to get into the habit of drinking a digestive tea after your meals. It also helps to chew each bite of food slowly, making you feel more full.
Increase your protein intake
You’ve probably heard of diets that are high in protein, offering miraculous results in a very short time. They do indeed work, but they’re hard on your liver and kidneys, and often people have a rebound effect once they stop.
Nevertheless, it’s important to know that consuming more protein – whether it’s of animal or vegetable origin – can promote weight loss and especially target that waistline. Just don’t forget to eat other foods to balance out your diet.
Some good animal protein sources are:
- Fish and seafood
- Dairy products
- Vegetable protein sources include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
Ideally you should eat one serving of protein at every meal, combining animal and vegetable proteins with raw and cooked vegetables. Finally, add some grain products and try to always choose whole grains.
Choose good fats
Yes, fats are very important. You don’t need to cut them out of your diet like many dietitians say, but you should choose them wisely.
Healthy fats will help you lose weight and trim your waistline, as well as other areas where fat tends to accumulate.
Healthy fats are used by the body to support numerous functions while requiring it to increase your energy expenditure.
Therefore, add a serving of healthy fat at every meal:
- Nuts and seeds
- Cold pressed vegetable oils (olive, coconut, sesame, wheat germ, etc.)
- Blue fish
- Egg yolk
- Dairy products like yogurt, goat and sheep cheese, or ghee