Five easy ways to beat belly fat
Feb 13, Oslo: Belly fat can be tough to handle, it's like a pot of jelly that never fails at making you look bad. But, its also the toughest t lose, in an effort to unlock the secret behind losing belly fat I came across 5 unexpected ways to lose this stuborn pot of jelly.
1. Eat at regular intervals: Yep, you heard me right, though this might sound ridiculous, it really isn’t having smaller meals more frequently reportedly improves your metabolism. Meaning, having three heavy meals is more counter productive than having small meals more frequently throughout the day. According to studies, having three large meals a day makes your body store energy as your body knows that it will not be receiving extra energy for a couple of hours, so what it does is that it convert's calories into fat, to use as energy later on. Therefore to prevent your body from storing fat is to provide it with the energy it requires throughout the day, so five small meals a day is more beneficial than three heavy meals throughout the day.
2. Watch your food, don’t count calories: Don’t focus on nutrient or calorie count, also it really isn’t a good idea to focus on certain nutrients alone always go for a balanced diet. Focus rather on the food you eat. Here are a list of foods that could help you lose belly fat:
- Walnuts: Though nuts usually provide a healthy source of dietary fat, walnuts are especially good for slimming stomachs because of the fatty acids they contain.
- Oats: Oats have plenty of fibre so it’s a pretty good way of starting your day, just be sure not to sweeten it.
- Apples: We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, however apples can also help you lose belly fat as apples can keep you satisfied longer because they're high in dietary fiber, and they aren't too bad on calories or carbs.
- Salmon: Salmon boosts your essential fatty acid intake and counts as a protein.
- Egg whites: Egg whites are low in calories and a solid source of protein. Eating More Protein is apparently the best long-term strategy to reduce belly fat
3. Don’t eat sugary food and abstain from sweetened drinks: Added sugar is known to be extremely unhealthy as studies show that it has harmful effects on metabolic health. Sugar is half glucose, half fructose… and fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in any significant amount, so when you eat a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets flooded with fructose, so it is forced to turn it all into fat. Studies have also shown that excess sugar, especially large amounts of fructose, can lead to an increase in belly fat. Meanwhile, Liquid sugar is worse as it doesn’t get “registered” by the brain in the same way as solid calories, so when you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you are consuming more calories. In fact studies show that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity in children, so its best to completely avoid sugary foods and drinks.
4. Drink Plenty of Water: According to studies , water is critical to regulating your metabolic rate (and consequently, your body's fat-burning mechanisms). Drinking your recommended eight glasses of water daily will help your body run more efficiently, making your workouts and healthy eating efforts way more effective.
5.Relax: One of the top belly-fat-building offenders is stress because when your body senses that you're overwhelmed, it automatically starts producing cortisol a hormone has been proven to stimulate extra fat-storage in your gut. So, when you're feeling worked up, close your eyes and take long, deep breaths for about five minutes. You'll immediately start to feel more relaxed, which should help calm your hormones down and stop the belly fat formation. Also remember to get enough of your beauty sleep. In fact Women require between six to eight hours of sleep every night. If you're staying up late, you'll throw off your natural rhythm, which will cause your body to freak out and start overproducing cortisol. So, by getting the right amount of sleep every night, your body and metabolism will stay regulated, keeping your tummy flat.
The Oslo Times