5 Ways to Lose Your Beer Belly after St Patrick’s Day Celebrations #Sponsored

On the 17th of March every year, millions of people around the world come together in celebration of everything Irish. St Patrick’s Day is now a global phenomenon, as people of Irish ancestry live all over the world; last Spring when I was staying out in Barcelona, I witnessed a Spanish St. Patrick’s Day celebration – it was something to behold.

If you’re planning to join in the celebrations with a pint (or four) of Guinness, you might want to consider what that will do to your waistline, being wildly calorific. Getting back into shape after St Patrick’s Day indulgences can be tricky, but following these five tips should help you to banish your beer belly before it really starts to show.

1. Work on your abs

One of the fastest and most effective ways to banish your beer belly after St Patrick’s Day celebrations is by toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles. Not only will this reduce your waistline relatively quickly, it will mean your burgeoning gut will be less likely to return the next time you indulge.

Crunches and sit-ups are perfect for toning abdominal muscles, but they can be tough to get right when you’re just starting on the road to a leaner body. Consider investing in an ab-roller, as it’s a simple, compact and affordable piece of equipment that helps you to focus on specific areas of your abdomen. Working on your abs alone will not be enough to banish a beer belly completely, but it will help to prevent the accumulation of deep abdominal fat that can prove exceptionally difficult to get rid of.

2. Get enough sleep

Yes, that’s right, sleeping can help you to banish your beer belly after the excesses of St Patrick’s Day. Although you may not realise it, you probably eat more when you’re tired, and when your body clock has been interrupted. Also, your body produces a chemical called ghrelin when you’re tired, which triggers cravings for sugary and fatty foods. And if that’s not alarming enough, lost sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, which can affect your body’s production of cortisol and insulin – primary causes of abdominal fat.

Aim for at least seven hours of sleep a night to give your body the rest it needs. If you can’t figure out why you’re losing sleep, consider using a sleep tracking device, as this will alert you to the times of night when you’re most restless.

3. Avoid sugar

Too many people believe that simply avoiding fat will help them to shift excess pounds and inches quickly. They will often turn to low-fat processed foods that are high in sugar – which completely defeats the object. Banishing your beer belly after indulging over the St Patrick’s Day period is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise, so stick to whole grains, proteins and vegetables.

If you find yourself craving sugar, try adding spices to coffee and sugar-free cereal in the morning. This could defeat your cravings and slow the rate at which food leaves your stomach – leaving you feeling satisfied for longer. But whatever you do, avoid processed foods at all costs.

4. Concentrate on short, sharp bursts of aerobic exercise

Any weight loss plan for men requires a schedule of exercise that is both regular and rigorous. There is significant evidence to suggest that very intense but relatively short bursts of exercise deliver significant fat-burning benefits. Interval training involves gradually working your way through increasing intensity levels for two minutes at a time. Think of effort on a scale of one to five. Whether you are jogging, running or cycling, start at an intensity level of one, and work your way up the intensity scale in blocks of two or three minutes. Do this four times a week, and your beer belly won’t stand a chance!

5. Embrace vitamin C

The stress of being overweight, run-down and generally under the weather after St Patrick’s Day celebrations can trigger increased levels of cortisol in your body. Vitamin C can help to suppress production of this troublesome hormone, helping you to feel fitter and more energised. Vitamin C is also needed for the production of carnitine, which is a substance used by the body for burning fat. Contrary to popular belief, there is actually more vitamin C in kale, spinach and bell peppers than there is in oranges. Most green-leaf vegetables are good sources of this essential nutrient.

Everyone likes to indulge in a few beers and some hearty Irish food over the St Patrick’s Day period. By embracing these five steps before and after the big day, you can ensure that your beer belly doesn’t stand a chance.

Posted at 18:45 March 13, 2015
Josh @ The Kentucky Gent

This post was a god send as I’m gonna be shirtless on the beach in a few months, and my body doesn’t show that at all.

Josh – The Kentucky Gent

Posted at 17:45 March 13, 2015
The Kentucky Gent

This post was a god send as I’m gonna be shirtless on the beach in a few months, and my body doesn’t show that at all.

Josh – The Kentucky Gent

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