9 Surprising Tricks to Lose Belly Fat & Inches

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The best thing you can do for weight loss is to eat healthier and move more. However, despite our best efforts, weight loss can reach a frustrating plateau. If you feel like you need to try something new, check out these 9 tricks to lose fat and inches. They can help you identify reasons why your body holds on to extra pounds, such as stress or cravings. Burn calories the healthy way!

1. Build muscle.
Many women don’t lift weights because they are afraid of looking bulky. They think muscles will make them look wide and manly, instead of thin and lean. However, building muscle mass actually helps you lose weight. Your body spends more calories maintaining muscle than maintaining fat. This means that when you build muscle, you raise your resting metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn while at rest). Including weight lifting in your workout plan can help you lose fat and inches. And don’t worry about looking bulky! Unless you follow an intense bodybuilding plan, your body will stay lean and trim.

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2. Practice meditation, yoga, or another relaxing activity.
Stress might be a major contributing factor to weight gain. For our distant ancestors, stress was linked to a fight for survival. It usually meant a shortage of food, or an attack from a predator, both situations in which energy supplies were beneficial. Our bodies learned to store fat at times of high stress. Stress hormones trigger weight gain, and taking time to relax can help combat these effects.

3. Use life events to mark a new beginning.
You might have heard of a revenge body. You or a friend might have gone through a difficult breakup or rejection, and used it as motivation to improve your health and fitness. This is a real phenomenon that you can use to your advantage! Turn a new beginning, such as a new job, a new house, or a breakup, into an opportunity for a whole new lifestyle. Make changes you know will help. Buy more vegetables, join a fitness class, quit smoking!

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