It’s fair to say belly fat can be stubborn and difficult to lose. This isn’t very convenient for most people because it has a way of interfering with their fashion choices.
Jumia Travel shares 6 truths about how to lose belly fat that can help make your attempt to lose your belly fat easier and more successful.
1. You Need The Weight To Come Off
It’s popular for those peddling belly fat loss tips to emphasize the importance of repeated crunches, reverse crunches, planks, bicycle crunches and ab rollers. Their belief is that to lose belly fat you should work on your stomach muscles more, and honestly one can’t deny that their belief seems pretty logical. But the truth is, all those exercises are going to do is tone the muscles under your belly fat without actually helping you lose it. Think of it this way, these exercises can make your flabby belly firmer but are not likely to reduce its size.
High intensity interval training (vigorous exercises) at least once or twice a week, alongside core exercises, will help you lose fat all over your body which will better help you lose belly fat and get that trim belly you desire. There’s no way to get fat to disappear from only your belly through exercise.
2. Eat Healthier
Eating healthily involves paying attention to what you eat, when you eat what you eat and how much of what you eat is appropriate. To lose belly fat, you should make peace with the fact that you have to change your eating habits. You aren’t just changing your eating habits for the period you are trying to lose your belly fat, you are changing it for the long haul. This is to ensure that even after the belly fat is gone, it wouldn’t return.
You should watch your portions, avoid junk foods as much as you can (with very occasional indulgences so you don’t lose control), eat more of foods rich in whole grains, eat more vegetables and fruits, eat nuts, seeds, beans, low-fat dairy and lean proteins like poultry, eggs and fish. Be smart about the foods you choose to eat and limit your intake.
3. Be Physically Active
For some people, simply being more physically active and moving around can help shed weight and trim their bellies without much exercise. Being active is one of the best ways to speed up your belly fat loss, especially if you are able to combine it with exercises.
Try walking around more, move about more at work. Walk instead of taking a bus or bike to your destination if it’s a walkable distance. Go for walks with friends or on your own. Join a dance group if you’re into dance, or register for a training or activity that gets you moving.
The bottom line is you should increase your functional movements and become more physically active to help you trim your belly fat more easily. If you do this right, you can even alleviate those after-exercise pains and cramps. You can also improve your cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and promote good digestion and regular bowel movements by being physically active.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to gain more weight, which includes belly fat. This is because sleep deprivation increases the levels of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ in your body which increases your appetite. Unfortunately, when this happens you won’t exactly be hungry for cabbages and spinach. You should thus try to get enough sleep to avoid eating to stay awake or keep yourself active.
5. Drink More Water
Drink water before meals to help you eat less because most times you aren’t really that hungry, you’re just thirsty. So when you drink some water before your meal, you tend to eat less.
Also you tend to shed weight and lose some of your belly fat when you drink water instead of other beverages that are high in calories and sugar. Learn to replace those drinks with water instead.
For the amount of water you should drink in a day, there’s really no specific amount. Never mind those that advise you to take 8 glasses a day. The amount of water to take depends more on the individual and what your body is comfortable with. Drinking too much water can lead to water toxicity which is bad for your body. For example those who sweat a lot or exercise regularly may need more water than those who don’t. We also get water from many foods and beverages like fruits, tea etc.
In addition, learn to drink water when you are thirsty and drink enough to quench your thirst.
6. Drink Green Tea
This tea is known to be very good for body, with some referring to it as an ‘exceptionally healthy beverage’.
Green tea contains caffeine and the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which, from studies, appear to boost metabolism. Some studies suggest EGCG which is catechin may be effective for losing belly fat, and the effect is strengthened when its (green tea) consumption is combined with exercise.
Nevertheless, some studies have also shown that green tea has no effect on the loss of the belly fat. However, it is eventually a very healthy swap for sugary drinks. Consequently, it will lower your sugar and calorie intake and in the end help you shed weight and lose belly fat, especially when you combine it with increased physical activity and exercise. Only be sure not to pack sugar or honey into your cup of green tea.
6 DELICIOUS REASONS WHY PLANTAIN IS A CULINARY BREAKTHROUGH
With an appealing physical outlook and delicious taste, plantain has over the years stood out as a diverse food to savor with every taste. This food has been coming to the culinary rescue of many Nigerians for a long time.
Jumia Travel shares 6 of the diverse ways plantain can be cooked into enviable mouth-watering Nigerian dishes.
1. PLANTAIN PORRIDGE
It’s a rich, delicious and very easy meal to prepare. It is prepared with unripe or ripe plantain, but you can combine both ripe and unripe plantain to achieve a faint sugary taste. The meal consists mainly of palm oil (not too much but just enough to color the meal), fish (dried, fresh or smoked), ground crayfish and meat or peppered snail to serve.
You can choose to add vegetables, as much as you want. Fluted pumpkins (Ugwu) or spinach is a good choice.
2. GIZZDODO (GIZZARD AND PLANTAINS)
If you were not a plantain lover before tasting this meal, you will definitely fall head over heels with plantain after it.
Gizzdodo is an inviting combination of plantain and gizzard in sauce. It’s an easy dish to prepare and can be served as a side dish to rice dishes like fried rice, jollof rice, coconut rice and white rice. It can also be eaten as a meal. It is mainly prepared with ripe plantains, chicken or turkey gizzard, vegetable oil, seasoning and grounded red pepper (tatashe), bonnet/habanero (rodo) and fresh tomatoes (these form the sauce the plantain and gizzard will be mixed and cooked in).
A variation of this meal for fish lovers is using fish (fresh, dried or smoked) in place of or alongside gizzard.
3. BOILED/FRIED/ROASTED PLANTAIN
Plantains can be boiled, fried or roasted (boli or bole) and eaten alongside fried eggs, sauce, rice (fried, jollof, coconut or white rice), Ewa Agoyin, beans or beans porridge. Either way, it’ll leave your taste buds reeling from the delectable taste. Roasted plantains can be prepared at home in an oven or open grill.
4. BEANS AND PLANTAIN PORRIDGE
This meal is as easy as adding plantains to the normal beans dish we prepare with palm oil and dry pepper. It’s a tasty and palatable dish prepared with ripe plantains and beans. It’s a popular dish and one of the best dishes to use to get your children to eat beans. The ripe plantains give the meal a sweet taste. Chopped fluted pumpkin leaves (ugwu) can also be added to finish the meal; you can top the meal with tomato stew or serve as is. The meal can be eaten with bread or rice.
5. PLANTAIN MOSA
The plantain mosa and plantain moin and moin are two dishes born out of the need to avoid wasting over-ripe plantains. They are both very worthwhile alternatives to throwing out over-ripe plantains.
Plantain mosa have been quite popular in the small chops section of parties and have a sweet taste similar to that of puff puff, but with a plantain flavor. It is prepared by blending diced over-ripe plantains, bonnet pepper, baker’s yeast and warm water together, then adding all-purpose flour and salt to the batter to blend for a second time until the mixture is thick (but not too thick). The mixture is left to rise and froth, then beaten once more before being scooped with a teaspoon and deep fried in cooking vegetable oil till it’s golden brown. It’s quite an easy meal to prepare.
6. PLANTAIN MOIN MOIN (UKPO OGEDE)
Plantain moin moin is similar to the plantain mosa in preparation, but rather than frying the over-ripe plantain mixture, the mixture is steamed. Fish or fresh prawns can be mixed in with the blended mixture, alongside vegetable oil or palm oil. It is then contained in a foil, moin moin leaf or nylon, and cooked in a pot of water or in a steamer until it solidifies.
The meal is usually eaten as a snack or as a meal with custard, pap, oat meal or rice.
6 Things Nigerians Who Have Phone Anxiety Can Totally Relate With
The question you may ask is how can someone be anxious because of their phone? Ordinarily, you are supposed to be attached or addicted to your phone as you receive calls and chat on instant messaging platforms.
Regardless, there are some people who are always anxious when their phone rings.
If you are going through phone anxiety, Jumia Travel gathers 6 things you can totally relate with.
You may think there is something wrong with the person experiencing phone apprehension but no, they are perfectly normal.
1. You send text messages instead of calling
There is absolutely nothing wrong with sending a text message. It is cheap. But when you send text messages instead of calling, you may probably be anxious. This is because you don’t want to speak to the person despite the fact that you missed their calls.
2. Your phone is always on silent
You are not busy or in a meeting but your phone is always on silent. In fact, you don’t care if you miss an important or lifesaving call. In addition to this, you are regularly switching your data on and off. So, why don’t you get rid of the phone?
3. You wait a moment to call back
You know you have this very important call to make but you take forever to call back. Meanwhile, that same number has called you several times. Why can’t you just make the call and get it over with? Because whether you like it or not, you must call back.
4. Your friends always complain that you missed their calls
You can forgive women who miss calls because their phone is in their handbag or friends who miss calls and still call you back. However, it is different if you always miss your calls and your friends complain about it. You apologize but the same thing always repeats itself.
5. Your Missed calls is more than received calls
If you have phone anxiety, your list of missed calls will be more than received calls. This should not be a surprise because your phone is oftentimes on silent.
6. You always allow the call end
For people with phone anxiety, when they receive a call, they contemplate whether to pick it or not. No matter who is calling, they always feel uncomfortable picking the call. You prefer to allow the call end and decide if you want to call back or not. You have to call them several times if you really have something important to say to them.
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