Belly fat is quite different from general fat. It isn’t placed directly under the skin but wraps your important organs such as the liver, kidneys, or stomach. Moreover, it’s directly connected to hormones, and their disbalance can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, different heart diseases, and even cancer.
So, what causes visceral fat? I call it AOS — alcohol, overeating, stress. These guys are your worst enemies. Ask yourself whether you eat to satisfy physical hunger or emotional. And, for the sake of flat belly, stop consuming trans fats! They have a magical ability to move fat from different parts of your body directly to your belly zone. Check the ingredients list and try to reduce the consumption of cakes, ice cream, crisps, cookies, fried food, etc.
Wake Forest University made the experiment where they fed one group of monkeys with an 8% trans-fat diet and another group with an 8% monounsaturated-fat diet. Guess what? It was the first group that had significantly more belly fat than the second one.
Alcohol. This a few-minute mood booster can create a so-called beer belly. How? Your body turns the alcohol into acetate, which quickly transforms all food’s nutritious molecules right into excess fat. Looking for a fast way to get fat? Drink alcohol every day. AAAAND stress! This cunning guy produces insulin, which carries your body in the state of facing the danger. After this fierce struggle with a “threat”, your sugar levels lower, and your feeling of hunger is skyrocketing. Where are my biscuits?
Now, let’s try to solve the belly fat problem according to its core roots. Therefore, the way out is to get rid of AOS, speed up your metabolism, and have a high-quality sleep. Try the HIIT weight loss program which focuses on short but intensive workouts and makes magic happen. There are a lot of them on YouTube, make a little research.
To avoid overeating, exclude the long feelings of hunger because it leads only to weight gain. Firstly, change your mindset and only then think of your diet. Just remember that overeating and unhealthy food won’t help you lose that hecking fat. But proteins and nutritious food WILL.
Researchers have shown an excellent example of interval training: 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes active rest, for 5 cycles.
To avoid stress, find your own way of dealing with it. Running, boxing, meditation, yoga, painting, listening to music, writing everything down — all these approaches are efficient ways to feel calm and peaceful.
Sleep well! Forget about going to bed at 2 am, we both know it just ruins your overall wellbeing. Moreover, multiple studies have proved that short sleep is directly connected with weight gain and slow metabolism. So, the next time when you choose between going to bed and watching one more episode, opt for the first one.