Having belly fat is not just a look problem, but it has many health risks especially for people with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other conditions. Though losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several nutrition tips you can use to reduce excess abdominal fat beside regular exercise and increase physical activity.
Tip one: Drink Green Tea
Green tea is an exceptionally healthy beverage. It contains caffeine and the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), both of which appear to boost metabolism and may help you lose belly fat. The effect may be strengthened when green tea consumption is combined with exercise
Tip two: Try Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has recently become very popular as a weight loss method. It’s an eating pattern that cycles between periods of eating and periods of fasting. Studies suggest that it may be one of the most effective ways to lose weight and belly fat.
Tip three: Stop Drinking Fruit Juice
Although fruit juice provides vitamins and minerals, it’s just as high in sugar as soda and other sweetened beverages. Drinking large amounts may carry the same risk for abdominal fat gain. An 8-ounce (240-mL) serving of unsweetened apple juice contains 24 grams of sugar, half of which is fructose. To help reduce excess belly fat, replace fruit juice with water or unsweetened iced tea.
Tip four: Add Apple Cider Vinegar To Your Diet
Drinking apple cider vinegar has impressive health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels. It contains acetic acid, which has been shown to reduce abdominal fat storage in several studies. Taking 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 mL) of apple cider vinegar per day is safe for most people and may lead to modest fat loss. However, be sure to dilute it with water, as undiluted vinegar can erode the enamel on your teeth.
Tip five: Avoid Foods That Contain Trans Fats
Trans fats are created by pumping hydrogen into unsaturated fats, such as soybean oil. They’re found in some margarines and spreads and also often added to packaged foods, but many food producers have stopped using them. These fats have been linked to inflammation, heart disease, insulin resistance, and abdominal fat gain in many studies. Read ingredient labels carefully and stay away from products that contain trans fats. These are often listed as partially hydrogenated fats.
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Stress can make you gain belly fat by triggering the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, which is also known as the stress hormone. High cortisol levels increase appetite and drive abdominal fat storage.
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