Belly fat seems to have come to stay. It has become so common among ladies that so many people no longer remember that it is not quite as normal as we think. And for men, it has come to be associated with signs of increasing wealth. If headaches have cures, and stretch marks can be treated, then most certainly, belly fat can be contained and can be gotten rid of. For most of the women we see who say they have tried everything they can to get rid of belly fat but can’t seem to be making much progress, it is probably because they have been doing the wrong things or have been using the wrong treatments. Inflammation equally makes your stomach to protrude, but make no mistake about it, there is still a very clear-cut line between inflammation and belly fat even though the two can be treated in the same way, using the same things.
Research says that belly fat is the most dangerous kind of fat in your body. Most people mistake being overweight with excess belly fat, but Overweight does not necessarily equal unhealthy whereas belly fat is definitely unhealthy. There are actually plenty of overweight people who are in excellent health. If you have a lot of excess fat around your waistline, even if you’re not very heavy, then you should take some steps to get rid of it.
In another light, it is not only those whose stomachs are protruding that have excess belly fat. Belly fat is usually estimated by measuring the circumference around your waist. This can easily be done at home with a simple tape measure. Anything above 40 inches (102 cm) in men and 35 inches (88 cm) in women, is known as abdominal obesity. There are various different ways to tackle belly fat. Some are natural, others are unnatural but there are a few proven strategies that have been shown to target the fat in the belly area more than other areas of the body and these are the strategies we want to discuss.
Because water is not solid food that can keep you satisfied when you are hungry or even a solid drug that was produced in a lab, most people have taken this nature’s gift for granted where it concerns their long battle with belly fat. But water is your very first step to staying healthy and to dealing with belly fat. Staying hydrated is essential to flushing inflammation-causing toxins out of your body. Aim for 64 ounces of water per day. Add an additional 8 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise as well. Carry a can of water around with you at all time and drink as often as you can.
Remember: The key is not to drink water when you are thirsty, drink water because your body needs it even when you are not thirsty or when you really don’t feel like drinking it. The more you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your body.
2. Green Tea
Have you ever stopped to wonder what makes Chinese people age so well? Or why their women don’t seem to have any difficulty taming belly fat? Or even why their skin is so beautiful? You too can be very beautiful and trim if you devote as much time as they do to taking good and proper care of themselves. Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. This mild beverage is great for helping shrink your waistline as well as for decreasing inflammation. The flavonoids in this tea have natural anti-inflammatory properties. And the compound EGCG in green tea has been shown to help reduce body fat.
Remember: When you are doubt about what to drink, the choice is really simple. Go plain or go Green. You can’t be wrong with either of these.
3. Fruits and Vegetables
Whatever you eat and whenever you eat it, don’t fail to mix it up with fruits and vegetables. These are guaranteed to keep you skin healthy and fresh, your system clean and free and metabolism fast and thorough.
All fruits and vegetables, due to their rich nutrient and fiber content, help to combat chronic inflammation, so make sure to include adequate amounts of these foods daily. Some types of fresh produce, however, are even more potent than others. Some terrific anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables to include in your meal plan include apples, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, papaya, pineapple, and spinach.
Remember: If you can dedicate yourself to eating healthy fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, you will definitely see a faster result. Better yet, make it your constant dinner. This way there wont be any fat residue to be deposited in your tummy unlike if you had eaten a heavier food that night.
4. Monounsaturated Fats
This is a type of fat found in a variety of foods and oils. These heart-healthy fats help raise your healthy HDL cholesterol levels and reduce overall inflammation. Great sources of this kind of fats include olive oil, almonds, and avocado. Studies show that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats not only improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease, it is also beneficial for insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes.
Remember: It is very important to choose the fats you eat wisely since your body type may not really welcome all types. Minimize the intake of some and increase the intake of others.
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Generally, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are good for your health, they are the kinds of fat that you do not wan to miss. Research has shown that a diet with a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids and a low percentage of omega-6 fatty acids has been linked with decreased inflammation. Food sources of omega-3s include walnuts, flaxseed, and fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon.
You may have noticed that in recent times, no type of fat has been getting more publicity than omega-3s, and you’re very likely to have seen TV ads or heard radio infomercials about this unique type of fat. That is because the problems of belly fat are increasingly becoming an anomaly and this type of fat is the perfect solution to help that situation.
Remember: Research has proven that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and if there is anyone whose opinion you should trust concerning your health, it is the researcher’s opinion.
Some may be surprised to see spices in this list. I have found out that because human are a very selfish set of people, everything they dare to eat has something to contribute to their well-being or satisfaction. Spices are not just there to make our foods taste better, they contribute a lot of things to how well the food we eat digest. Certain spices, including garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and chili peppers, have potent inflammation-reducing capabilities, so try adding them to meals as often as possible.
Remember: No matter how good it smells, don’t eat it unless you are sure it will reduce and not increase the size of your tummy.
7. Whole Grains
For those who assume every grain out there is whole, whole grain is a cereal grain that contains the germ, endosperm, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. These are rich in fiber, and they help control the insulin response in your body. The high B vitamin content of whole grains also helps reduce the inflammatory hormone homocystine in the body.
Remember: If it’s not whole, it is not good for your belly.