5 Things You Need to Know About Abdominal Fat
By Nadine A Douglas
The amount of diet programs available has increased significantly in recent years with making outrageous claims of achieving weight loss. But are these programs as effective as they make out? Well, generally speaking, not exactly. One of the reasons why some diet programs do not work is because they are usually too generic. Rather than purchasing a one-size fits all diet, it is more advisable to take factors such as your body shape, age and gender into consideration. There are also some really good programs out their which devise a food and exercise regime based on your metabolism. These types of diets tend to have better long term success because they are catering to your specific metabolic needs.
Here some interesting points about belly fat which may help you come up with your own fat burning strategy:
1.) Belly Fat is one of the Worst kinds of fat
As well as looking unattractive in your bikini pictures, abdominal fat churns out hormones and proteins that can have a detrimental affect on cholesterol and blood sugar. Belly fat can also play a part in insulin resistance and inflammation.
2.) It’s not just about the calories
Whole grains and beans are a great substitute for refined grains. Swap your white bread and white pasta for wholegrain alternatives and you could see that belly fat drop away. Lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans with salmon or tuna are also good fat burning options.
3.) Is Vinegar you weight loss friend?
Vinegar, in particular, apple cider vinegar is often marketed as a weigh loss aid. The primary reason for this is because most types of vinegar contain acetic acid which is marketed to have a some effect on body weight. A 2009 study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that mice which were fed a high fat diet and given acetic acid had approximately 10 per cent less body fat compared to mice that were not given acetic acid. The researchers of the study suggested that acetic acid may prevent the build up of body fat by activating genes involved in the fat breakdown process. However, they have stated that it was too soon to tell whether acetic acid might provide weight loss benefits in humans.
It seems that you really can blame your terrible job or your noisy neighbour for your belly fat problems after all. Studies suggest that the higher your stress levels the bigger your waist is. When you are suffering from stress it elevates the cortisol hormone which makes the body crave high calorie foods that are stored in your belly as fat. That does not mean that you need to quit your job but it could be a good idea to look at stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation or exercise.
5.) Eating More Can Shrink Your Waist
There are quite a few studies which show that eating small meals approximately six times a day can actually be more beneficial to losing weight then eating large meals. However the key to success of this is ensuring that you are eating the right kind of foods in small portions. Whole grains, lean meats and fibre are some good options to eat in reduced quantities.
Remember, your belly fat loss is your quality of life’s gain.
Until next time,
Nadine ‘Diet Coach’ Douglas
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Nadine ‘Diet Coach’ Douglas lost over 25 pounds after being overweight most of her adult life. She now runs a successful weight loss website which gives information about great resources which can help you lose weight and be healthy for long term success.
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