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Why isn’t your belly flat?

At first, when you started exercising and dieting, the pounds seemed to melt off! We’ve all been in a situation where the last pounds of belly fat don’t want to leave.

We have discovered there could be a few factors contributing to the extra fat on your belly without you even realizing it. 

These habits may be sabotaging your weight loss.

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You’re not including enough vegetables in your diet

Besides the other healthier choices you make, you must eat as many veggies as you can. You should make half your plate vegetables and/or salad since veggies are nutrient-dense and full of fiber, filling you up without overloading on calories.

You’re eating out nightly

Eating fast food and at restaurants, every night isn’t the best diet choice for your belly! These foods have more fat and salt whereas you cook lighter meals at home. Instead of choosing the local burger joint, try making a burger at home. At home, you can make it as you like it the most, so it will be tastier, that’s for sure!

You’re eating the wrong fats

Foods like nuts or avocado are full of healthy fats, like omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids, helping with heart health and weight regulation. Don’t you ever avoid them because they are high in fat!

You eat three large meals a day

Eating large meals three times a day isn’t the best choice if you want your belly to be flat. Eating more frequent, smaller meals a day can help lower cravings and control hunger, leading to weight loss. The best solution is to reduce the size of your meals and have healthy snacks like fruit or nuts if you’re hungry in between meals.

Your meals aren’t colorful

As we mentioned above, veggies are an essential part of everyone’s diet, and a colorful medley of them on your plate will give you a variety of minerals and vitamins you need for a balanced diet. So, if your plate is beige, you’re doing it wrong!

You drink diet soda

You cut soda from your diet, but you keep drinking diet soda, expecting to be a healthier choice for you since it has fewer calories and sugar than its regular counterpart. However, people who drink diet soda have an increase in waist circumference compared with people who don’t drink any soda. So, stop drinking any type of soda and always opt for water!

You don’t include whole grains in your diet

Due to their high fiber content, whole grains have been proven to help regulate body weight, besides having more flavor than white slices of bread and baked goods. Fiber helps regulate your digestive tract, and whole grains are full of minerals and vitamins, keeping the body fit and running smoothly.  

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You don’t balance diet and exercise

Eating a slice of pizza after a workout is only going to add those calories you burned off back into your body. Also, eating salads without working out could lead to weight loss, but the muscles will not get the necessary workout they need to be strong and toned. Your body requires a balance of both exercise and diet, so incorporate the pair into your daily lifestyle.

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Your workouts are too easy

You aren’t doing it right if you aren’t sweating! Doing the same exercises over and over without making it more intense, won’t make your body stronger. You should try switching up and explore another workout, like a Zumba, boot camp, or a spin class.

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How to maintain your weight loss

Once you’ve made it out and achieve your ideal weight and the goal body, all that sacrifice and discipline has taken a toll.

And you remember how much sweat and tears you spent in the process, right? The last thing you want to happen is to gain back your weight. 

Yes, you’ve hit the finish line, but that doesn’t mean you can stop running yet!

Sometimes it takes effort to keep off the weight you worked so hard to lose, the odds that you’ll gain them back are high! But, don’t worry – we’ve listed some surefire solutions to help you maintain the loss you’ve made. And if you want to lose, even more, we’ve got ways to overcome weight loss plateaus as well.

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Don’t stop with your routine

Keep it up with whatever you did to help you slim down and stay active, whether it was a yoga mat or a gym membership. You’ll experience a metabolism dip if you stop your routine after weight loss. You probably know many people who decided to throw in the towel as soon as they reach their goal. Obviously, you can celebrate and enjoy your success, but those 6 a.m. jogs that get you to your perfect body, are going to keep you there, too! 

Keep calories low

A regular diet low in both fat and calories is the secret to maintain weight loss. If you choose to follow this, make sure the fats you are eating are healthy ones like peanut butter, almonds, or avocados. Also, keep being just as diligent in your tracking calorie count, as you were back before you shed those pesky pounds! Otherwise, they’ll come right back.

Choose to chew more

The way you eat your food has more to do with weight loss than you might think. People who chew each bite 40 times will consume about 12 % less food than people chewing only 15. Slowing down gives your brain time to realize you aren’t hungry anymore. If you’re eating too fast your brain doesn’t instantly register your stomach is full. You can try to slow down by putting the fork down between bites or even eating with chopsticks.

Stay in control

Enjoy your guilty pleasures in moderation, but don’t indulge in massive cheat meals to make up for every hard-earned calorie you cut on. 

Keep clutter-free counters

If you don’t walk by the freezer section when you’re in the market, you’re far less likely to pick up a pack of chocolate ice cream. Keep in mind that when it comes to your kitchen organization. It really works! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Resisting temptation is hard enough without even sweet treats staring at you every time you walk to the fridge. 

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Don’t diet

You should be living a healthy lifestyle, not dieting. It’s easier to continue shopping mindfully and counting calories than it is to cut carbs or sugar completely. Stick to a routine you can keep up with even after you’ve reached your goals. 

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Step on the scale 

Brace yourself – this one’s hard to hear. When was the last time you did that? It doesn’t mean you should stop checking just because you like the number that’s on the scale now. Weighing yourself will reinforce the decision you had made to exercise regularly and eat clean. 

Manage your mood

Your favorite foods may be contributing factors to your mood swings, so cut those culprits from your grocery list ASAP! Take other measures if needed as well. Otherwise, if your diet makes you depressed, it may make maintaining weight loss a serious struggle.

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Low-alcohol cocktails are the new trend

We all know that drinking alcohol is bad, but you do not have to give up drinking entirely. This is where low-alcohol cocktails come in.

You don’t have to give up alcohol, but you also don’t need to drink to get drunk. Low-alcohol cocktails are what they sound like: cocktails with less alcohol.  

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Why should you drink low-alcohol cocktails? 

There are many occasions when low-alcohol cocktails are a perfect choice. They are ideal for happy hour or day drinking because you will relax but still be functional. Who doesn’t love day drinking? But it isn’t realistic to do that all the time. But can you have an Aperol spritz at brunch? Yes, you can. 

Low-alcohol cocktails are an ideal place for those that do not want to give up the booze but just want to take it easier. It is a good option for people who want to be healthier and more mindful when it comes to their booze intake. Also, these cocktails contain a few components, so they are easy to pair with food. 

How to make low-alcohol cocktails?

The basic premise for these cocktails is the same whether you make your cocktails with a lot or a little alcohol. Low-alcohol cocktails are complex, layered, and interesting, and they aren’t difficult to make. 

Champagne and wine are an amazing place to begin playing around with these cocktails since they have a lower level of alcohol than most spirits. If you are a fan of Champagne, you are going to like a Champagne cocktail that is going to be with less alcohol. Add an aperitif, a vinegary shrub, or bitters, and you will get a wonderful cocktail that will even pair with your meals. 

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Elderflower spritz 

This liqueur adds a range of flavors – from peach to tropical fruit, citrus, and pear, topped off with honeysuckle. You will need 50 mL elderflower liqueur, 60 mL Champagne, and 60 mL club soda. Fill half a glass with ice cubes and add the liqueur, then the Champagne and club soda. You can add a lemon slice as well. If you want you can make an alcohol-free version of this cocktail by using elderflower cordial instead of the liqueur. Of course, you should skip the Champagne and add 120 mL club soda. 

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Sherry Cobbler

This cocktail is a work of art. Sherry, a wine that is common in Spain, is fortified, with a little brandy added. It is higher in alcohol than regular wine but is served with a splash of club soda. Also, it is mixed with lemon and orange slices, simple syrup, and mint for a bright flavor.

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Reverse Manhattan 

If you like classic cocktails, but they are too strong for you, try the Reverse Manhattan. It switches the proportions of vermouth and bourbon, resulting in a lower level of alcohol and sweeter drink. You just need 30 mL whiskey, 60 mL vermouth, 1 cherry, and ice cubes. Fill half a shaker with ice cubes, combine the ingredients, and stir until chilled. Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry.

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5 smart ways to break any bad habit

Are you wondering how to break bad habits? Well, we offer proven and smart ways to break any bad habit that annoys you.

We are here to remind you that everything is possible! You should combine your dedication and these five smart ways below to start your bad habit-breaking journey!

First, you need to identify your triggers because the triggers are the first step in developing a bad habit. Identifying them is also the first step in moving past them. And it should be clear to you why you want to break a certain habit. It can be easier to change your habits when the change is beneficial or valuable to you. If you think about it, you will see the benefits of the change.

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Okay, now it is our turn to reveal to you the smart ways to break any bad habit. 

Get to the root of your bad habit

A bad habit is often a comfort blanket during emotional turmoil. Bad sleeping habits, poor eating, and drinking can be signs of stress or unhappiness in aspects of your professional or personal life.  In identifying the stressors of the habit, you can understand it, so you will be able to target the root of the bad behavior. In this way, you will be better equipped to beat this behavior. 

Accountability 

Accountability is crucial when it comes to changing habits. If you monitor your behaviors through tracking and journaling, you will have a record of your performance. It is good to have a visual representation of your behavior, which will hold you accountable. When you track your diet, water consumption, and goals you can see patterns in where you fell short and where you excelled. When you can see your poor performance and behavioral patterns, this accountability will be a motivation for you to do better tomorrow. 

Smart ways to break any habit: Replace it with another 

It is easier to break a bad habit if you replace the unwanted behavior with new, better behavior. Don’t just stop the unwanted behavior – it doesn’t work that way. Of course, the new habit needs to benefit you spiritually, physically, and mentally. For example, if you like eating fast food, try to replace this habit with learning to cook healthy meals that will satisfy your cravings. Or let’s say you’re stuck in a rut of social media scrolling. In that case, you should practice meditation or pick up a book to improve your mindset. The impulse to follow the new behavior will develop as you repeat it. 

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Visualize breaking the bad habit

Breaking a bad habit doesn’t have to be only a physical process. You should practice new behaviors mentally, too. Imagine how you would typically react in the morning before your work presentation. You might see yourself eating sweets or anxiously biting your nails. Now, imagine how you could react instead. Visualize yourself going over your presentation, practicing deep breathing, tidying your office, or going for a walk – anything that keeps you busy and calms you.

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Motivate yourself with rewards for success

Don’t forget that breaking a bad habit can be incredibly difficult. Acknowledge how far you have come, and give yourself rewards along the way. Celebrate your wins! Even small rewards, like telling yourself what an amazing job you are doing, will increase your drive to keep going. Focus on the progress you make, and you won’t engage in negative self-talk or become discouraged. 

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