6 Ways To Get Rid Of A Muffin Top

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  • By Emily Jacobson

    You know what I mean by “muffin top:” it’s that extra pudge around your midsection that droops over your jeans the way muffin tops spill over onto the muffin pan. If you’re sick of having a little extra fat in the stomach area, there are some ways to reduce it.

    Cardio

    If you’re not already doing cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis, now is a great time to start. Muffin tops don’t form until after your body has stored calories as fat, and cardio exercise will not only prevent that from happening – it will also undo some of the damage that has already been done. In terms of losing fat, not all exercise is equally effective. Choose workouts that get your heart rate up and also include resistance training. A great option is a high-energy dance class like zumba. Also consider swimming, hiking, and cycling.
  • Watch What You Drink Run from beverages that are sneakily calorie-filled, like sugary "fruit" juices and sodas. Empty calories like this are responsible for a lot of fat that goes into muffin tops
  • Load Up On Fiber People who have toned midsections have a secret weapon: fiber. Specifically, fiber from vegetables that keep you feeling full while also slowing down digestion, stopping food from entering your bloodstream too quickly. When it comes to high-fiber veggies, choose ones like cabbage, broccoli, avocado, collard greens, peas and Brussels sprouts.
  • In addition to cardiovascular exercise, you should do some abdominal exercises regularly if you really want to lose that belly fat. Take 10-15 minutes at the end of your cardio workout to add in some core training. Basic sit-ups will do the trick, and try to include leg lifts and pushups. It’s also a good idea to do some side crunches to tackle those love handles.
  • Eliminate Refined Foods Refined carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta and potatoes can contribute to a sizable muffin top. Many refined carbs also contain way too much sugar, which not only raises your insulin levels but also makes your body more likely to store food as fat. Instead of eating sugary treats and white breads, focus on whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • De-Stress The hormones associated with stress – namely cortisol – can actually contribute to bloating in the stomach region. When you’re stressed, your body stores cortisol in your pelvic area, which makes that region larger. Plus, when you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to indulge in a glass of wine or beer to take the edge off. If you’re not experienced in stress reduction techniques, simply being aware of your stress can make a big difference. Once you realize what’s happening, take some steps to minimize stress. Lighten your workload, meditate, breathe deeply or even take up yoga.