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By Aaron GaleaPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Keeping a trim mid-section accomplishes more than making you look good, it will help you live longer! Bigger waistlines are connected to a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Losing weight, especially belly fat, also improves the functioning of blood vessels and improves sleep quality.

It is not possible to target belly fat specifically when you diet. Yet, getting in shape in general will help you with trimming your waistline and more importantly, it will help reduce layer of visceral fat, which is located in the abdominal cavity. This fat is dangerous, it increases the chance of health problems.

1. Have a go at reducing carbs rather than fats.

When researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight through a low-carbohydrate diet versus a low-fat diet for half a year, each containing the same amount of calories, the people that were on a low-carb diet lost an average of 10 lbs more than the people that were on a low-fat diet—28 lbs versus 18 lbs. The low-carb diet produces a higher quality of weight loss, With weight loss, fat is reduced, but there is also often a loss of lean tissue (muscle), which is not preferable. On both diets, there was a loss of about 2 to 3 pounds of good lean tissue aswel as fat, which means that the fat loss % was much higher on the low-carb diet.

2. Don't think about a diet, think about making an eating plan

You should pick a good healthy eating plan and stick to it. You don't really need to calorie count, if you opt for the low carb and avoid foods high in carbs and sugar and without much fiber, like bread, bagels and soda. Instead eat foods that are high-fiber or high-protein choices, like vegetables, beans and healthy meats.


3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise seems to work off belly fat in particular because it reduces levels of insulin. Insulin causes the body to store fat, and causes the liver to use up fatty acids, especially those closeby visceral fat deposits. You should aim to exercise for 30-60 minutes almost every day. If you combine this with a caloric deficit (burn more calories then you intake) then you will burn fat quicker

4. Do Weight lifting.

You will burn a lot more calories if you do weight training (light to heavy weights) or body weight training exercises such as, push ups, pull ups, squats, lunges, tricep dips.

5. Read the labels

When you are shopping, make sure you compare brands of the same product. Eg. Some yogurts, state that they are low in fat, but they’re higher in carbs and added sugars than other yogurts. Sauces, mayonnaise & salad dressings usually contain high amounts of fat and lots of calories.

6. Do not eat processed foods

Processed food/snack foods are a big no no. They are often heavy in the three ingredients that make it hard to lose weight. These are trans fats, added sugar and added salt or sodium.

7. Check how your clothes are fitting you opposed to reading a scale

During your weight loss/reducing belly fat journey you will want to check on your progress. If you step on the scales it will be more difficult to notice a change as you will be adding muscle while you burn fat. However, your t-shirt and trousers will be loser. To reduce heart and diabetes risks your waistline should be less than 35 inches (women) and 40 inches (men)


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