For me, it all started after The World’s Worst Hangover. I’d been out drinking with the girls for the fourth Saturday on the bounce, and all the wine and the mojito’s had finally taken their toll on me. On Sunday morning, I was a mess. My head was throbbing, my bones were aching, my feet were blistered, and my stomach was churning.

The next day, I still felt rough. And it was then that I looked at myself in the mirror. I didn’t like what was looking back at me. I had dark circles beneath my eyes. I had wine-coloured veins on my nose – and I had bit of a belly! When I turned to the side, the belly was even more pronounced. It was gross!

Had all my nights out given me a bulging stomach? Was all that junk food finally catching up with me? Had it turned out that I wasn’t indestructible after all, and that eventually my unhealthy ways would catch up with me, the girl who had always been seemingly eternally slim?

I was reeling, but I knew I had to do something about it. I wanted a flat tummy again! Over the next few months, I followed tips and tricks that helped me to trim my belly fat.

As it turns out, belly fat is actually really easy to put on but really difficult to lose. You can’t just change your diet, nor can you simply just exercise. You have to employ lots of different tactics. It takes time and effort, but it can be done.

Here are 10 must-know tips on how to get a flat stomach.

Eat During The Magic Hour

Is there such thing as a magic eating hour? You bet there is! According to health experts, dieticians and nutritionists, eating a protein-based snack between the hours of 3 and 4PM is a good idea. Why? Because it enhances your metabolism and properly regulates your blood sugar.

It’s important that you don’t miss this snack, because the better you regulate your blood sugar, the lower your insulin will remain. And is uncontrolled levels of insulin that leads to belly fat. Eating something healthy every three to four hours will keep you ticking over nicely.

Protein-based snacks might include an apple, a bowl of nuts, a piece of cheese, or a protein bar. Hmm, tasty!

Walk With Friends

We like to catch up with friends in the pub over a few cocktails or a bottle of wine. But if you’re looking to get a flat stomach, it’s a much better idea to suggest that you guys talk and walk.

Going for a walk with friends means you can socialise and exercise at the same time. It’s a fun way to lose weight!….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE