Alcohol is broken down into sugar in the body, and the excess sugar gets converted to fat. Alcohol also causes dehydration, leading to abnormal metabolism. This, in turn, leads to inflammation and inflammation-induced abdominal obesity.
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Well-known for its ability to improve digestion, ginger root also increases thermogenesis in the human body. Enjoy a cup of fresh ginger tea as part of your daily routine to burn off belly fat faster!
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then strain out the leaves. Squeeze 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into the tea and add some honey for a sweetener.
Substitution of saturated with monounsaturated fat in a 4-week diet affects body weight and composition of overweight and obese men, British Journal of Nutrition, Vol 90 Issue 3 Sep 2003. Piers et al.
Many fast-food options are typically high-fat, calorie-dense foods that are eaten in large portions — all of which contribute to overconsumption of calories, weight gain, and an increase in belly fat when eaten frequently. Many fast-food restaurants don’t provide nutritional information, but studies have shown that when this is available, people tend to pick lower-calorie meals.
Zero Belly Diet panelist Martha Chesler did just this as part of her Zero Belly program, and the results were astonishing. “I saw changes immediately,” she reports. In less than six weeks on the program, Martha dropped over 20 pounds and an astonishing seven inches from her middle by combining the Zero Belly Foods with a pre-breakfast walk.
Sit-ups can help, mainly with building muscle and toning the area – but you will still need to do some cardio and eat a healthy diet to see significant fat loss. As Step 1 says, you can’t really lose fat only by targeting a specific area – you have to make a comprehensive lifestyle effort.
5. Work your mid-to upper back. These muscles are also important for good posture. The bent-over row exercise is a great way to strengthen them. To do it: Place your left knee and left hand on a flat bench or chair so your back is parallel to the floor. Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, start with your right arm directly under your shoulder and extended toward the floor. Bending your elbow so that it’s pointing toward the ceiling, pull the dumbbell up until it touches your rib cage. Hold, and slowly lower. (The movement is like starting a power lawn mower, only slower and smoother.)
Several key factors are to blame for such high rates of unhealthy weight gain around the belly (visceral fat), obesity and becoming overweight, including less activity, eating more processed foods, dining out more, lack of sleep, toxicity and increased stress.
The Flat Belly Diet encourages dieters to exercise, but doesn’t make it a requirement. On the website it says, “Don’t workout unless you want to!” Those who choose to exercise can get their fill with the help of online resources that lays out individual exercise plans. The plans will of course focus on the core of the body (belly area) and also give some guidelines on fat shedding workouts such as cardiovascular activities.
Insulin is the hormone that’s released when we consume carbohydrates. It helps take glucose (sugar) out of the bloodstream and brings it into cells to be used for energy. However, when too much glucose remains in the blood, it’s stored away for later use as body fat. If insulin is really out of whack, this fat storage can spiral out of control.
Snack: Better Banana Split. Split a banana in half length wise and spread with your favorite nut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips. Tastes decadent, but loaded with nutrition!
This is same as the twist crunch exercise. The only difference is that you need to tilt your legs to the same side simultaneously with your shoulders. The side crunch focuses on the muscles on your sides.
Don’t let extra hours lounging in bed stand between you and a flatter belly. While getting enough sleep can help boost your metabolic rate, sleeping in may undo any benefit you’d enjoy from catching a few extra winks. One study reveals that late sleepers who snoozed past 10:45 in the morning ate nearly 250 more calories over the course of the day, despite eating half as many fruits and vegetables as their early bird counterparts. Even worse, they chowed down on more salty, sugary, and trans fat-laden fast food than those who woke up earlier. If you happen to head out of the house early, you’re in for an additional metabolic boost; researchers at Northwestern University have found that people exposed to just a short period of early morning sunlight had lower BMIs than their late-waking counterparts.
Well, you have choices. If you are overweight and don’t want to be, you can make some lifestyle changes and work on it. If you are not overweight or don’t want to lose any weight, ignore the bullies, or better yet, smile and hold your head up high. Namecallers are just insecure people and you don’t need to stoop to their level.
You should avoid skipping meals. You may think that skipping meals will help you lose weight, but it won’t. It’ll actually put your body into starvation mode, and it’ll slow your metabolism down quite a bit.
Raspberries are great sources of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that helps flush out toxins from the body. They are also loaded with dietary fiber, and having about 30 grams of raspberries per day is said to cancel out 300 calories and lead to about 30 pounds of weight loss in a year. Therefore, include them in your diet to lose the flab and get a slimmer tummy.
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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is where you go hard out for anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute, followed by periods of rest where you go low intensity. The beauty of this aerobic workout is that you spend a fraction of the time but the theory is that you’re getting results from this workout that last long into the next day. They say that if you spend 40 minutes on a stationary bike just doing a low intensity aerobic workout, you’re only burning fat during that 40 minutes. But with an HIIT workout lasting only 10-20 minutes you end up burning fat the entire day, and long after you’ve finished the workout.
Honey and Cinnamon – While you’re working hard to shed the unwanted pounds, honey and cinnamon combination can assist you in several ways – read about them in my article about delicious honey and cinnamon weight loss drink.
This traditional breakfast food is a great addition to your weight loss journey because of its soluble fiber content. In fact, oats prevent obesity and abdominal fat distribution and improve liver function in humans (4).
Cortisol is often called “the stress hormone” because we release more of it when we’re emotionally or physically stressed. Although we need cortisol for some essential functions, too much can contribute to fat accumulation around the midsection, increase appetite in some people, interfere with sleep quality and have other negative effects.
Protein keeps you satisfied for longer and takes longer to digest. The reason for this is that protein molecules are long chains with strong links which are harder to break down, and the whole process is more time consuming.
Kickstart your morning—and your metabolism—with this warming spice. Cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that are proven to alter body composition and improve insulin sensitivity (which means it keeps blood sugar stable, preventing hunger-inducing spikes and crashes). Japanese researchers found that mice who ate a daily helping of cinnamaldehyde (the ingredient that gives cinnamon its flavor) lost belly fat, while those who skipped the spice did not. Add it to your overnight oats or sprinkle some in your coffee to reap the benefits.
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