While constant overeating, i.e. consuming more calories that you burn, will lead to increases in body fat generally, and belly fat specifically, there are other reasons that can cause a big belly. Factors that can influence belly fat include gender, genetics, hormones, body shape, lifestyle and certain foods. An effective plan to lose belly fat must addresses the causes for why you are carrying more belly fat than you would like. Read more about causes of belly fat.
The medium chain triglyceride, Lauric acid found in coconut oil helps to increase energy, improve cholesterol, and burn fat. For more information, read the 10 Mind Blowing Reasons Why You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life
Also genetics plays a role in carrying more belly fat, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to look like a sumo wrestler the rest of your life. Eating less sugar is something that has been proven to reduce visceral belly fat and it’s something all of us can do (at least those of us with willpower).
Consume an adequate amount of fiber per day. Aim for a minimum of 30 grams of fiber daily. Fiber provides you with a sense of satiety without any calories. Increasing your fiber intake helps stabilize blood sugar, control cravings, and prevent overeating — all things that help promote weight loss and flatten your belly.
Cynthia’s much anticipated follow up to Flat Belly Diet! was released in January 2011. In the book, S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches (formerly published under a different title) Cynthia reveals her new eating plan, designed to help readers shed overall body fat and learn a uniquely simple strategy for hunger free weight loss that doesn’t require calorie counting. Prepare to shed up to 8 pounds in 5 days, reset your metabolism, kiss cravings goodbye and embrace a mandatory Daily Dark Chocolate Escape!
Keep in mind this was just a short term study and the long term effects of using canola oil haven’t been looked at. There are a lot of nutrition “gurus” out there calling canola oil the harbinger of death but they’re greatly exaggerating any real harm canola oil can give you.
In a study of more than 2000 people, those who drank alcohol daily but averaged less than one drink per day had less belly fat than those who drank less frequently but consumed more alcohol on the days they did drink (12).
There are two parts to the Flat Belly Diet: a four-day jump-start period that is supposed to flush out the system, followed by a four-week eating plan. The jump-start phase allows only 1,200 calories a day; the four-week phase increases calorie intake to 1,600. Each phase is broken up into three meals and a snack, and shopping lists and sample menus are provided.
Fish oil promotes healthy cholesterol levels, it boosts your mood and energy levels, and it helps to maintain strong bones. The acids in fish oil also help in breaking down fat while reducing fat storage around your waistline.
Some cheat meals are better than others. And a high-carbohydrate, moderate-protein meal, however “naughty,” can help you stay on track. The reason: Carbohydrates have the greatest influence on leptin levels, which help you burn fat and feel satisfied. And protein has the greatest influence on satiety because of its influence on appetite-regulating hormones and high thermic effect—the process of digesting protein requires more of your body than any other macronutrient. So, go ahead and grab a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Contrary to popular belief, pasta is actually a fairly low-glycemic food, meaning it won’t drastically spike your blood sugar levels.
PCD might not be an official diagnosis (yet), but when it comes to weight loss, the struggle is real. Hayim paints the picture well: “You and your boyfriend or husband have decided to commit yourselves to wellness. You both begin the journey together, waking up early, eating healthy for about a week or so. But your partner begins to fall off the trail, and he’s skipping the early morning workouts. But not you, you’re still on track day after day. A few weeks go by like this and you realize he’s sleeping in and seeing results, and you aren’t,” says Hayim. Sound familiar? “Well, stop comparing! Women, you will never be able to accurately compare your body composition to your male partner. We will generally have a higher percentage of body fat than men, despite eating proportionally fewer calories. In fact, a healthy range of body fat for women is 20-25 percent, compared to men who are at a healthy range from 10-15 percent,” she adds. Bottom line: Don’t beat yourself up, and quit measuring yourself against your beau.
Don’t starve yourself. Eating too little will tell your body to go into fat storage mode, so eat breakfast, healthy snacks and fresh meals. Women should not eat less than 1,500 calories per day, while men should not eat less than 1,700 calories.