Have you ever been frustrated by belly fat that just won’t seem to go away? Are you tired of doing situps and crunches and seeing no results in the mirror? Would you like to have more confidence and feel better overall?
If so, hang on because I’ve got some proven strategies that will help you lose that Belly Fat once and for all and keep it off!
Why is Belly Fat Unhealthy and Why is it so Stubborn
Before we get into the strategies let’s take a second to understand what belly fat is, why it happens and why it’s such a problem.
Belly fat refers to fat around the middle of the body (your abdomen). There are two types of belly fat:
- Visceral (this is fat that surrounds your organs)
- Subcutaneous, which is fat that sits under the skin.
According to Harvard Health, The health complications from visceral fat are more harmful than having subcutaneous fat.
Why is Belly Fat Such a Common Problem
There are several reasons people end up with that spare tire but the big three are:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
Excess belly fat can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, asthma, breast cancer and more…
How to Reduce Belly Fat
Foods to Avoid
What you eat can have a big impact on belly fat. If you want to lose it avoid eating the following foods
Red meat….I know it’s a great source of protein but it won’t help reduce belly fat. A better choice is lean protein like chicken and fish.
Corn is another food to avoid if you’re looking for a flat belly. Corn is known to have sugar in the form of fructose, which contributes to visceral fat.
Sugar is a form of carbohydrate and is filled with empty calories and no nutrition. Sugar in drink form (juices, soda ) is especially bad because it’s easy to consume large amounts.
Fruits that are high and medium on the glycemic index like guava, and mango have a higher fructose content. Studies suggest that large amounts of frucose in the body can trigger fat accumulation around your belly.
Instead select Fruits like green apples, strawberries, and blueberries which are low on the glycemic index and better choices if you’re looking to reduce belly fat.
Trans Fats should also be avoided. Many store bought and processed foods have high levels of trans fats. According to a research conducted at the Wake Forest University, trans fats move the fat of the body from other areas into the belly making you more susceptible to belly fat.
Foods to Include in Your Diet
A plant-based diet which includes lean protein from beans peas lentils fish or chicken will help you gain and maintain a flat stomach.
And rather than juice or other sugary drinks consume water throughout the day. Most of your metabolic functions occur in the presence of water. Water also helps you digest food and burn calories which leads to less belly fat.
What About Exercise?
Which is better for reducing belly fat?
- resistance training,
- bodyweight training,
- HIIT…..there are so many choices.
According to Alex Harrison, PhD “Belly fat doesn’t decrease at any different rate depending on your training methodology,”
The best advice is to add exercise and activity to your routine and a mix of different types will keep it interesting and help prevent boredom. Even though spot reduction doesn’t work, don’t forget to train your core. You’ll have nice strong abs once the fat comes off.
You know every week I like to give you a free resource you can use to keep you moving forward in your health and wellness journey.
This week I’m inviting you to my Free private Facebook group Pure Health 365.
In the group you’ll find resources, recipes, tools and more information on what to eat, what not to eat and how to transform your body and health just like I did.
If you’re serious about losing belly fat and getting in the best shape of your life you owe it to yourself to check this out. Join for FREE at Facebook.com/groups/purehealth365
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