Women’s Health Wednesday: How To Lose Belly Fat

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Here are 5 sure ways to lose that belly fat and keep it away permanently.

Avoid sugar and sweetened drinks

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Sugar is half glucose, half fructose and fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in any significant amount. When you eat a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets flooded with fructose, and is forced to turn it all into fat.

This includes sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, various sports drinks, as well as coffees and teas with sugar added to them. Keep in mind that none of this applies to whole fruit, which are extremely healthy and have plenty of fiber that mitigates the negative effects of fructose.

The amount of fructose you get from fruit is negligible compared to what you get from a diet high in refined sugar.

If you want to cut back on refined sugar, then you must start reading labels. Even foods marketed as health foods can contain huge amounts of sugar.

Eat more protein

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Protein is the most important macronutrient when it comes to losing weight.

It has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and help you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day.

If weight losing belly fat is your goal, then adding protein to your diet is perhaps the single most effective change you can do.

Not only will it help you lose… it can also help you avoid re-gaining weight if you ever decide to abandon your weight loss efforts.

One study showed that the amount and quality of protein consumed was inversely related to fat in the belly. That is, people who ate more and better protein had much less belly fat.

Cut carbs from your diet

Over 20 randomized controlled trials have now shown that low-carb diets lead to 2-3 times more weight loss than low-fat diets. This is true even when the low-carb groups are allowed to eat as much as they want, while the low-fat groups are calorie restricted and hungry.

Low-carb diets also lead to quick reductions in water weight, which gives people near instant results… a major difference on the scale is often seen within a few days.

There are also studies comparing low-carb and low-fat diets, showing that low-carb diets specifically target the fat in the belly, and around the organs and liver. What this means is that a particularly high proportion of the fat lost on a low-carb diet is the dangerous and disease promoting abdominal fat.

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Eat food rich in viscous fiber

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These are fibers that bind water and form a thick gel that “sits” in the gut.

This gel can dramatically slow the movement of food through your stomach and small bowel, and slow down the digestion and absorption of nutrients. The end result is a prolonged feeling of fullness and reduced appetite.

One review study found that an additional 14 grams of fiber per day were linked to a 10% decrease in calorie intake and weight loss of 2 kg (4.5 lbs) over 4 months.

In one 5-year study, eating 10 grams of soluble fiber per day was linked to a 3.7% reduction in the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity, but it had no effect on the amount of fat under the skin.

What this implies, is that soluble fiber may be particularly effective at reducing the harmful belly fat.

The best way to get more fiber is to eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables and fruit. Legumes are also a good source, as well as some cereals like oats.

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Exercise

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This is the part most people hate but the truth is you can’t win the war against belly fat without exercise. And not just any exercise. Aerobics.

Tummy crunches and tummy blasting exercises can only help to a certain extent but aerobics and cardio help burn fat and keeps your metabolism rate high, thereby working on those stubborn areas in your body even after you have rested.

 

Aerobic exercises include running, rope-jumping, swimming have won the war against belly fat in many studies. There was also conducted another study that discovered that once weight was lost via exercise, it was hard to regain belly fat.

Apart from keeping you healthy and free from diseases, exercise also reduces blood sugar levels and inflammation. In conclusion, you want that belly fat gone, exercise.

Wendiva Blaze

Wendiva Blaze

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