How many of us take BMI (Body Mass Index) as a measure of our health? Probably all of us, right? But in a recent research it was found that BMI is not an accurate measure of one’s health. There are a lot of parameters that should be taken into account in order to determine if you are healthy. Belly fat is one of them and an important one.
Let us know more about belly fat, what is it and what are the causes of belly fat. There are two types of fat, Subcutaneous fat and Visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is found directly under our skin is necessary for our body as it covers and protects our internal critical organs like heart, stomach, liver and lungs.
Visceral fat on the other hand is a villain, it is the real culprit behind a lot of fatal diseases. It surrounds our internal organs. The most dangerous thing about visceral fat is that it secretes harmful chemicals which in turn increase inflammation throughout the body. It affects your cardiovascular system, blood pressure and causes problems like cholesterol. The story doesn’t just end here, this toxic fat produces an inflammatory chemical called Interleukin 6 (IL-6), which further increases inflammation.
If not taken seriously visceral fat keeps accumulating and starts to mess up our metabolism. It affects adiponectin, a protein that regulates the sugar levels in our body as well as breaks down fatty acids. When adiponectin is affected the body demands for the storage of more belly fat and hence the vicious cycle continues (or should I say ‘viscerous cycle’ continues) which ends with the liver being severely affected and overwhelmed with cholesterol, leading to the blockage of arteries and veins by plaque and hence heart attack.
So folks start taking the gradually growing belly seriously and control it before it controls your health. Even if you have a big beer belly, it can still be flattened. All you will need is a better diet plan, exercise and a lot of determination.
Now you’ve known what is belly fat and what it does to your health, let us know how to fight this monster and achieve a flat belly just in a few days. We will breakdown our fighting plan in two parts.
“Exercise is the only way to reduce belly fat… you should do 50 crunches a day and you will…”. You must have heard these types of advice’s and may even have acted upon them. There may have been no or a very little result that left you disappointed and you stopped altogether. Well, the truth is you cannot lose belly fat fast without a proper healthy diet after-all, you are what you eat.
Burning belly fat fast largely depends on what you eat and when you eat. Stay away from sugars and processed foods. Let’s face it, they are delicious but are you ready to trade your health and probably LIFE just to entertain your taste buds for a few minutes?
You will lose belly fat in matter of days if you eat right food. Simple definition of ‘right food’ is the food that is unprocessed and grows naturally. We have compiled a list of these ‘right foods’ that will certainly help you to lose belly fat fast.
- Almonds and Nuts:
Nuts keep you full without overloading you with calories. Eating nuts will keep you full for longer duration hence you won’t crave for a doughnut or a burger when you are hungry. Eating 24 nuts a day is recommended for staying full without having to consume extra calories.
- Olive Oil:
Always cook in olive oil. Although we are cutting back on fat but you still need a little amount of fat to satisfy your hunger. Cholesterol levels are kept low by olive oil, so you don’t have to worry about your health. Other vegetable oils are strictly prohibited. Avoid them like plague.
The primary focus of belly fat burning foods is to aid in metabolism and eggs are a great source to metabolize fat. They are rich in protein and vitamin. Eating eggs in breakfast will keep you energized, full and will increase your metabolism which in turn will burn excess fat.
Like eggs, fish is a protein rich food. Salmon and tuna are a great source of omega-3s which is a major inhibitor of stress chemical that contribute to fats.
Green vegetables are your friends in the battle against the belly fat. They are rich in fiber and low in calories. Having a salad rich in green vegetables will keep you full and you won’t crave for unhealthy fatty foods later during the day. So include vegetables like broccoli and spinach in your diet and you will be amazed with the results.
Yogurt is a great source of calcium. And let me introduce you to mister calcium, he breaks down fats and also helps stop them from forming again.
What not to Eat:
As described above, stay away from the processed foods like they have a restraining order. Sodas and other sugary drinks are poison. Fast food tastes great but remember the price you’ll have to pay for the taste. So remember the golden rule, “Eat non-processed food, manufactured with love by mother nature.”
A low calorie diet coupled with a daily exercise is a deadly combo for belly fat. The main problem people have to face is the lack of consistency. Be persistent and you’ll surely see the result.
Here are a few exercises that help you lose belly fat fast.
Running is the simplest but most effective exercise simply because it works out the whole body. Run for shorter distances daily. If you have time and energy run twice daily. No other exercise is more effective than running. You will approve this statement once you’ll see the results.
Crunches target your belly muscles. It is in fact the most popular belly fat burning exercise. So lay down and do as many crunches as you can.
This exercise will strengthen your belly muscles and will flatten your stomach.
Have you seen a swimmer with a big belly. I don’t think so. This is because swimming is a very rigorous exercise. Like running, swimming also works your whole body. Lower half is specially targeted in swimming due to the continuous motion of legs.
So find a pool and swim, it is not only effective fat burner but also enjoyable.
Belly Fat not only affects your health but also your personality. With the proper planning and persistence you can achieve your dream body, that will not only keep you fit and healthy, it will also boost your confidence and you’ll be able to lead a more successful, healthy and happy life. We hope you will act on our advice and once you do you’ll and say goodbye to unhealthy lifestyle.
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