The presence of belly fat is very common for men and women of all ages. The sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits and lack of exercise are some of the reasons that help fat accumulate in the belly.
Losing belly fat will not only make you look and feel better but it is also necessary because it has been associated with a number of cardiovascular diseases. The question that many people raise is about the best tips to lose belly fat and this is what we are going to explain below.
There is no single way to fight fat from the belly alone. The way to lose the accumulated fat from the belly is to lose fat from the whole body by applying various lifestyle changes. These changes include a low fat diet, exercise and living a less stressful life.
Low Fat Diet:
Fat is essential for the normal functioning of the body but the consumption of excess fat can lead to the creation of belly fat or love handles. Fat provides more energy (Calories) to the body than carbohydrates or protein (Fats= 9 calories, Carbohydrates= 4 calories, Protein= 4 calories).
It is thus necessary to minimize the consumption of fats by following a low fat diet. A low fat diet is about minimizing the consumption of foods that contain saturated fat (e.g. meat, full dairy products) and giving preference to foods that contain mono-saturated fats (e.g. olive oil, canola oil, nuts, seeds). This means that fast food, sweets, regular soft drinks, snacks and generally foods that are high in fat and sugar should be replaced with fish, low fat dairy products, poultry and lots of fresh fruits and green vegetables. Your goal in a low fat diet is to consume more protein and carbohydrates than fat. This is not very difficult to achieve especially if you are willing to make the effort. All it takes is to plan out your daily meals and follow them without breaking the rules by snacking or making exceptions. Also you should remember that drinks contain calories and fat. As a general rule cream coffees and alcoholic beverages should be avoided as much as possible.
Exercise To Lose Belly Fat:
As we explained above there is no single exercise that can target belly fat alone. The best way to lose belly fat with exercise is to engage into cardio exercises that will help you lose weight and burn fat from the entire body. The key to a successful workout is to exercise on a regular basis. It is better to exercise 20-30 minutes per day at least 3 times per week than 1 hour once every 2 weeks. You goal is to work out your muscles and put pressure on your body. This is the only way to accelerate your heart beat rate and force your body convert fat cells into energy to cope for the extra requirements for energy. For even better results you can combine your cardio workout with strength training exercises.
Stress And Belly Fat:
Various studies revealed the relationship between stress and belly fat. People who live a very stressful life tend to accumulate fat easily than people who are more relaxed. Stress has a negative impact on your metabolism and this makes it more difficult for the body to digest and burn the calories consumed through food. Many people have also linked food with stress and they tend to eat more when they are under pressure. The best way to avoid this situation is to allocate time for yourself and time to relax and sleep. Managing stress is very difficult to achieve but once you take control you will find it easier to lose weight and fat.
How Do You Fight The Belly Fat?
Who doesn’t want to look good and beautiful? It’s a common desire of all the human beings, but for some reason or the other, as far as our physical beauty is concerned, majority of us tend to accumulate fat on our body at some point or other, which becomes difficult to get rid off. This leads to several medical problems apart from looking unattractive. The person also looses self confidence and feels low.
We have discussed above some tips which, if followed properly, may help you reduce your belly fat to a great extent. Do share with us what other ways you opt to reduce your belly fat by putting your comments to help the readers to overcome the problem of fighting the belly fat.
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