Losing weight is difficult no matter where your deposits lay. For those who have stubborn belly fat, or hold most of their weight on their stomachs, the need to drop pounds is more than a nuisance or vanity. Belly fat, referred to as visceral fat, is a risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as some types of cancers. If you are trying to lose belly fat but have found it difficult, here are some tips to help kick-start your weight loss and help you get healthy.
Reduce Your Stress
While not true for all people with belly fat, there is an association between people who suffer from high-stress and weight gain in the stomach and face area. This is caused by stress-induced cortisol reaction. Cortisol is the fight-or-flight hormone that is released from the adrenal gland, though it also does help with your bodys management of macro-nutrients, keeping inflammation low, helps energy levels, and affects your blood pressure, blood sugar, and sleep cycle.
When you are under stress, your adrenal gland dumps cortisol into your bloodstream. Cortisol essentially ups your sugar, constricts your blood vessels, and shuts down non-essential functions so that in an emergency you can flee. The problem is, thanks to the stressors of the modern world, some people are under too much stress all the time, and have an excess of cortisol, which can lead to weight gain as cortisol increases appetite and helps you store weight. Try to remove stressors from your life to help balance your cortisol levels.
Change Your Diet
To help get rid of belly fat, there are certain things you should and should not eat. Do increase your soluble fibre intake, switch to a high-protein and low-carb diet, cut out sugar, and stay away from coconut oil and trans fats and instead stick to healthy fats like those from olive oil, vegetable oil, and avocados. You should also avoid alcohol; there is a reason that excess fat in the midsection is referred to as a beer belly. It is a great investment to see a nutritionist help sort out a meal plan and to consider incorporating intermittent fasting into your diet to help jumpstart weight loss.
Change Up Your Exercise Routine
Always consult a doctor before starting or changing your exercise routine, and if you are new to the gym or have any kind of difficulties with exercise due to bad knees, respiratory issues, or anything else then getting a personal trainer can be very beneficial. Cardio is great for burning calories and increasing endurance, and interval training is the best way to maximize your cardio and keep your body stagnate. Weight training is also important though, and resistance training in combination with aerobic training leads the greatest level of decreased belly fat. Body contouring with FAB Laser and Skin Care
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