This is the year you will flatten your belly. With month-by-month diet and exercise tips that will help you eliminate hard-to-reach belly fat, you'll get a sculpted, sexy midsection and learn an arsenal of healthy weight loss habits. Here, learn 50 ways to flatten your belly in 2013.
Change Your Hunger Patterns
Remember when you ate the rest of the holiday cookies after a big, rich meal, and still felt hungry the next day? That's because prolonged periods of overeating--hello, like the holidays!--make your stomach's network of stretch receptors (the ones that send messages to your brain that you're full) less sensitive. Short-circuit your post-holiday appetite by eating healthy portions of low-calorie, high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They'll keep those receptors satisfied without directing you toward the leftover pies.
Stock up on this tart pink fruit as it begins its peak season. The acidity in grapefruit slows digestion, so you'll feel fuller, longer. And just half a grapefruit packs 64% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake. Look for ones that feel heavy for their size with a fine-grained skin.
Take Your Gossip Session on a Walk
Instead of catching up with friends over food and drinks, suggest a reunion on the move--you're likely to work out 104% harder if you have an exercise buddy. Suggest a weekly walk-and-talk session, form a friendly fitness club, or take advantage of the January gym specials together. You'll motivate everyone to get moving while you grow even closer.
Hold a resistance band taut between hands and lie on the floor face up, with legs extended and arms overhead. Pull abs in, tuck your chin, lift arms toward the ceiling, and roll head, shoulders, and torso up and over your legs as far as you can. Keep heels firmly on the floor and reach hands towards your feet. Pause, then slowly roll back down. Do 5 to 8 reps with 30 minutes of cardio 5 to 6 times a week.