Advances in skincare creams and treatments as well as a focus on lifestyle modification have kept many of us looking younger than we really are. The exception is the belly area which just doesn’t seem to budge no matter what. HEALTH reveals the top ways to get rid of visceral fat.
SELECT LOW GLYCEMIC, lean proteins, and healthy fats for your meals, advises David Zinczenko, author of “The Abs Diet”. Lowglycemic carbs include brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. Lean proteins include fish and chicken while some healthy fats are dark chocolate, avocados, and olive oil.
CONSUME FEWER CALORIES THAN YOUR DAILY REQUIREMENT. According to experts, this is a cornerstone of weight loss that must be adhered to. Use a calorie calculator and make it a habit to understand the number of calories you are consuming on a daily basis.
REDUCE STRESS LEVELS AS THE STRESS HORMONE CORTISOL IS A MAJOR FACTOR IN FAT DEPOSITION. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone which means that it stores fat and breaks down muscle, the exact opposite of testosterone and is a key reason for abdominal weight gain.
SKIP THE WHITE FOODS AS WHITE RICE, WHITE BREAD, WHITE PASTA, AND WHITE-FLOUR GOODIES CAN TRIGGER A SURGE IN BLOOD SUGAR VERY RAPIDLY. Instead, stick to lower glycemic treats such as brown rice or whole-grain pasta.
PARTAKE IN REGULAR, DAILY EXERCISE. Anything from walking to jogging, make it a point to engage in at least 30 minutes, three times a week, minimum. This will not only keep your overall wellness levels up, it will speed up your metabolism to help get rid of that belly fat.
REPLACE SUGAR. People over 40 have to be especially careful as when your body takes in sugar, it releases insulin, which can ultimately lead to fat retention. Once you get past the initial cravings, the burning of fat stores will be triggered.
TAKE SUPPLEMENTS THAT BOOST INSULIN FUNCTION, such as chromium, L-Carnitine, and soluble fiber which can help lower insulin levels since insulin promotes fat storage.
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