Spring is practically upon us, meaning Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start working on your summer body and that includes losing the belly fat we may have collected over the holidays. Gaining a little weight during the winter months is perfectly normal, but now is the time to start working on getting rid of it. You’re probably going to hate us, but there is no secret or miracle to losing this stubborn fat except good old-fashioned diet and exercise. But there are more effective foods and workouts that you can be doing to target belly fat.
While it is nearly impossible to spot reduce fat, targeting overall body fat is your best bet.
If you’re looking to reduce body fat, here are the types of workouts you should be focusing on.
High-Intensity Interval Training is one of the best workouts for weight loss. It is a total body workout and you burn the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time. This is the best for people who don’t have all day to workout. Think boot camps, Tabata, and series of burpees, box jumps, and sprints. The best part about HIIT is that your body keeps burning calories and fat hours after you left the gym.
You don’t need expensive gym memberships or fancy equipment. You are already equipped with the best equipment out there – your legs. At an average pace, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour. You can incorporate intervals of walking, jogging, and running to not only ease the workout but to also bump up the calories burned. By spiking your heart rate and recovering through intervals, you will get the best bang for your buck. Don’t be afraid to incorporate hills and sprints to further bump up the calorie burn.
With so many options for spin classes today, this is an easy workout to incorporate into your life. This is also a great way to be social and participate in a little friendly competition.
Eating the right foods will help aid in this process. That is why the Spot Cafe is committed to offering ingredient rich foods that make eating clean easy and delicious.
Quinoa is the king of good carbs. It is incredibly versatile and has an impressive nutritional profile. Our bodies need carbohydrates, but most people fear them. Quinoa is great because is a slow digesting carb that is not high glycemic. This is why our Quinoa wrap is one of our most popular. It offers good carbohydrates with beans for fiber and cilantro dressing for taste. It is delicious and will keep you full for hours.
Fiber and protein are not the only keys to weight loss, but a balance of nutrient dense foods like berries. Blueberries have the highest levels of antioxidants and are low calorie. They’re great to throw in a protein shake or on top of oatmeal. This is why we love adding blueberries to many of our smoothies and acai bowls.