Big Tummy? Pot Belly? Struggling to Lose That Fat Belly?

by : Elizabeth Hartley

Big tummy? Pot belly?

Don't worry. Help is at hand. Here are a 3 quick tips to help you look slimmer and get rid of a big tummy or pot belly.

Tip number 1: Stand up straight. Yes that's right. Slouching can make a big tummy and pot belly much worse making you look pounds heavier than you really are. You probably don't even realise you're doing it so the first thing you need to do is stand in front of a mirror naked and take a good, hard look at yourself. Now turn sideways. Mmm. Not very nice? Tummy sticking out? Flabby belly staring back at you? Well now try this: Link your fingers together and put your hands on your head. With your hands tightly clasped reach back with your elbows. Keeping the tension in your arms and shoulders, unclasp your fingers and reach one hand above you as though trying to touch the ceiling. Now reach up even higher with the other hand. Continue alternating hands as though climbing an invisible rope. Try to stretch as high as you can. You should feel your body lengthening as you do the movements. Repeat approximately 20 times then slowly lower your arms to your sides. Be aware of your posture and take another good look at yourself in the mirror. Practise this exercise every day and it will remind you to stand tall and straight which will in turn improve your posture and instantly make you look slimmer.

Tip number 2: Wear clothes that fit. Sounds obvious doesn't it but the fact is that lots of people try to squeeze into clothes a size smaller in the hope that it will make them look slimmer. Wrong. For although you may really want to be a size 10, if you are actually a 12 the extra inches will simply bulge over the top of your clothes accentuating your big tummy and pot belly and making you look even bigger than you actually are. The right size clothes will drape in all the right places instead of squashing you like an overstuffed sausage. Whether your're a size 12, 16, 22 or whatever, wear something that fits. Not only will you feel more comfortable you will look much better. Trust me.

Tip number 3: If your big tummy or pot belly is due to bloating, you need to find out which foods are aggravating the problem. Bloating caused by food intolerance is very common but once you identify the culprits symptoms will usually diminish very quickly. You will need to follow a carefully controlled elimination diet. This involves keeping meals simple and noting your reaction to everything you eat and drink in a food diary or chart to work out what you may be sensitive to. Within a few days you should have begun to build up a picture of what kind of foods you need to avoid so that your tummy stays flat. Elimination diets can be rather boring and difficult to stick too however results can be quite dramatic so go ahead and give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

So there you have it. 3 easy tips to help you look slimmer and get rid of that big tummy or pot belly. Good luck!

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