As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories the body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold onto weight in their bellies. The good news: you can fight this process. Read on.
Reach for broccoli, chia seeds, kale and collard greens for fiber, protein and calcium. And fill out the rest of your diet with nuts and seeds — especially almonds — nonfat dairy, lentils and beans, fish, chicken and turkey breast and lots of fresh veggies to ensure you’re getting the fiber, protein and calcium you need.
Doing ab workouts might strengthen your core, but it won’t actually decrease fat or shrink those love handles — and that’s why you need to eat healthy. “You exercise for 30 minutes compared to the 23-and-a-half hours that you don’t exercise. You need to eat the right things,” says Harris-Pincus.
Of course, you need to add salt to your food. Instead of sodium salt, you can consider using potassium, lemon, and sea salts. Also, adding a few herbs and spices like pepper helps in reducing the salt requirement.
There are certain foods that will help you lose belly fat, while other foods will actually increase belly fat. Foods that help burn belly fat are low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil, walnuts, and flax seeds. However, avoid refined grains, which increase belly fat, and choose whole grains instead. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, preferably organic is ideal. Indeed, research shows that Mediterranean style dietis the best diet in aiding the loss of belly fat. Read more about foods that can help you lose belly fat.
Women who are going through menopause experience a lot of hormonal ups and downs. High levels of cortisol (or the stress hormone) are responsible for women gaining belly fat during this period. But menopause alone is not responsible for belly fat. It is also due to a sedentary lifestyle that menopausal women gain fat around the waist.
6. Resistance training- many women think that weight training will make their bodies bulking. This is a myth, in fact weight training for women is one the best things they can do to lose belly fat naturally since it increases lean muscle. Every time you increase your muscle you increase your metabolism.
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A review of more than 90 studies in the journal Nutrition Reviews revealed a strong link between high calcium intake and improved body composition. When your calcium is low, your body secretes hormones that let you make better use of the calcium you have. Problem is, at the same time, your body signals fat cells to hold onto fat, including the fat in your belly. Dairy, including milk (even whole milk, just watch your calories), cheese (especially Swiss), and yogurt, are the preferred sources of calcium. Eat three servings of dairy a day, and keep the rest of your diet in check, and you will steadily lose weight.
In addition to helping maintain heart health and keep inflammation levels under control, monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, may stop belly fat before it starts. Research in the journal Diabetes Care found that people who got roughly 25 percent of their total daily calories from MUFAs gained no visceral fat over the course of the study, while those who ate less MUFAs and more carbs added fat to their midsections. My favorite MUFA-rich food is olive oil because you can use it in so many meals (check out the belly-blasting breakfast I recommend), but avocados and nuts are other excellent sources. Pine nuts are particularly great because they also contain high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These acids increase levels two hormones that signal your brain when you’re full. Try snacking on one ounce of pine nuts (about the amount you can fit in a shot glass) 20 minutes before mealtime to avoid overeating.
Moderate activity — raising your heart rate for 30 minutes at least three times per week — also helps. It slows down how much visceral fat you gain. But to torch visceral fat, your workouts may need to be stepped up.
Strain the weight loss tea and add some lemon and honey when the tea has cooled down (excessive heat will destroy the benefits of honey). Honey and lemon have their own health benefits that can increase the potency of this wonderful tea.
Reducing abdominal fat is 80% about eating the right food. Have a healthy and balanced diet with adequate macro and micro nutrients. Most importantly, skip takeaways and fast foods. Eat food prepared at home. Don’t have time? Go for raw fruits or veggies, or steam cooked veggies instead.
Dieting and exercise go hand in hand. If you thought that only dieting will burn your belly fat, you are wrong. If you really want to lose weight, you need to include an hour of exercise in your daily routine for targeting and reducing belly fat. Here, we have compiled a list of 16 exercises that can help you reduce belly fat faster than you thought it would take:
11. Do a little dance. Jeanette Friedman tells us that daily belly dancing has helped her maintain her svelte 24-inch waist for years and get back in shape after having two kids. “I started working my abs right in the hospital after my babies were born,” she says. “It worked wonders!”
Your best bet for blasting belly fat is slow, steady weight loss — not instant one-week results. Steer clear of diets promising double-digit weight loss in just a week or diets that cut out entire food groups or require you to eat just a couple foods. These are typically fad diets that aren’t sustainable — so you’re likely to regain any lost weight — and such diet plans might even interfere with your ability to lose fat in the long run, explains the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Yeah I’m not doing this. Been frustrated with some belly weirdness for a few months, and I even planned on giving the 4-day anti-bloat kick-start a try and followed through the first day. Just following any diet that tells you exactly what to eat for each meal is a good exercise for me and my routine-lacking eating habits. But then I saw an actual environmental medicine nutritionist yesterday, and he totally understood and explained all my weirdness, so I don’t really feel like this will be usef …more