Who hates belly fat? Everybody. We all want to get rid of it. But how do we do that?
In order to succeed in the battle against stubborn belly fat, we must first understand what causes it.
A new study shows that excess fat around the middle is in fact more unhealthy than being overweight. Unfortunately, this type of fat is also hard to shift – you’ll find that most diets and exercise programs have limited results.
So what makes us gain fat around our midsection – and how can we lose it?
Stress is the main cause of weight gain around our middles, explains Dr. Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of the bestselling book “Fat Around The Middle”.
Our bodies are designed to react fast to danger. When your brain thinks you’re in danger, it stimulates the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Millions of years ago, just like wild animals, we were on constant alert so we could flee or fight if threatened. This fight or flight response provides instant energy for five to 10 minutes.
These days, many of us live under chronic stress. However, our bodies can’t tell the difference between late trains, debt, work pressure, and truly life-threatening stress. That’s why our body still gears up to the challenge and reacts exactly the same as it’s always done.
In our modern lifestyles, stress is almost continuous and comes without the natural release of fighting or fleeing.
After a stressful event, cortisol levels in the blood often remain high for a while, increasing your appetite. Your body thinks you should refuel after all this fighting or fleeing. That’s why people with stressful lives quite often feel constantly hungry. Their body urges them to stock up on energy foods – so they crave carbohydrates and fats.
If you don’t fight or run when your body expects you to, the fat and glucose in your system get deposited as fat – around your middle. Why? Fat targets our belly because it’s close to the liver, where it can quickly be converted back into energy if required.
A new study shows that excess fat around the middle is in fact more unhealthy than being overweight.
Some golden rules for losing fat around the middle
- Ditch your diet and stop counting calories, otherwise, your body will think there’s a famine and will raise stress levels, which contribute to fat storage.
- Eat every three hours. Keep your blood sugar levels and energy levels stable by eating regularly. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a mid-morning snack and one mid-afternoon. Try not to eat carbohydrates after 6 pm. This will stop those roller-coaster highs and sugar cravings. Because your blood sugar isn’t allowed to drop, your body will no longer have to ask you for a quick fix.
- Don’t skip breakfast. If you miss breakfast your body immediately registers famine and holds on to your stores of fat.
As a bonus, try this!
Overnight Fat-Burning Miracle Juice
Ingredients that you need:
- 2 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup Grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp. Honey
Just mix these ingredients and the miracle juice is done!
How Do You Lose Stomach Fat by Drinking This Remedy For 7 Days?
In an effort to help speed up the fat loss, many people look for quick tips and tricks that they can easily add to their daily routine. One such tactic is to start drinking grapefruit juice. While grapefruit juice may have certain health properties, however, it’s unlikely to lead to a direct increase in burning belly fat.
The idea that grapefruit may be a fat-burning superfood stems from the 1930s, notes Jennifer Koslo, nutritionist at Precision Nutrition. The grapefruit diet made a reappearance in the mainstream in the 1970s with claims that you could lose 10 pounds in 10 days. According to Koslo, backers of the grapefruit diet and using grapefruits or grapefruit juice to lose weight in general claim that the fruit has powerful metabolic properties that help to ignite fat loss.
A study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2006 found that, when compared with a placebo, subjects consuming fresh grapefruit, grapefruit juice, or a grapefruit extract capsule before each meal lost significantly more weight in a 12-week period than those taking a placebo. Why this result occurred was unclear to researchers. Dietitian Juliette Kellow thinks it could be due to compounds contained in grapefruit that reduce the levels of the hormone insulin, which in turn can promote weight loss.
According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, diets that focus on grapefruit aid in weight loss not because they speed up your metabolism, but because the fruits themselves are low in calories. Therefore, replacing a calorie-dense snack with grapefruit or glass of grapefruit juice may mean you eat fewer calories and lose more weight. Drinking grapefruit juice before a meal may also cause you to consume fewer calories at that meal because it fills you up, says a 2011 study published in “Nutrition and Metabolism.”
The Real Thing
If you’re looking to use grapefruit juice as a way to help control your caloric intake and fill you up before meals, pick grapefruit juice that has no added sugars or sweeteners. An even better option may be to opt for real grapefruit. Fresh fruit has a lot more fiber than juice, meaning it digests more slowly and may increase satiety even more.
Bonus Waistline Reducing Smoothie
We’ll share with you another excellent waist reducing smoothie:
- 1 cup of chopped melon
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Pear
- ½ tbsp. Ginger
Add all the ingredients to the blender and squeeze the lemon juice at the end. Blend it until you get a delicious fat-burning smoothie. Just pour it in a tall glass and enjoy your drink!
Health Benefits of the Ingredients
Lemons – Lemons are rich in vitamin C and are famous for giving your metabolism and absorption a boost.
Melon – When it comes to weight loss melon is the perfect fruit because it’s highly effective in melting the fat around your waist. It’s very sweet so it can satisfy your sweet tooth but it also improves your immune system.
Pear – Pears are one of the fiber-richest fruits on the market. It’s excellent at eliminating excess fat around your abdominal area.
Cucumber – Cucumber is also a very powerful ingredient for weight loss and fat burning, especially around your waist. It’s highly effective in eliminating water retention.
This is the best recipe for belly fat burning and weight loss by far. It will not only slim you down but improve your health too. Just consume it for one week and prepare yourself for the miracle. In addition to this drink, you should also do the vacuum pose as often as you can to improve your stomach lining.