3 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat
With only weeks left until summer, many of us want to lose that fat around our bellies. Having less belly fat is better for your heart and blood pressure and can just make it easier to get around. Think about it. If you are about 40 pounds overweight and most of it is in your belly, then you are carrying around a small child around your lower back - 24 hours a day! That's exhausting. No wonder so many people report having more energy once they lose weight.
Here's #3SimpleWays to get rid of the fat.
Don’t eat sugar and cut out the sweet drinks.
Studies show that it has uniquely harmful effects on metabolic health. Numerous studies have shown that excess sugar, mostly due to the large amounts of fructose, can lead to increased accumulation of fat in the belly.
Sugar is half glucose, half fructose, and fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in any significant amount. When you eat a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets overloaded with fructose, and is forced to turn it all into fat.
Liquid sugar (sodas, teas, etc) is even worse in this regard. Liquid calories don’t get “registered” by the brain in the same way as solid calories because they don't fill your up like food does, so when you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you end up taking in more total calories.
Cut out the sugary drinks and you automatically reduce your calorie intake without cutting out food.
Trans fats are created by pumping hydrogen into unsaturated fats such as soybean oil.
They’re found in some margarines and spreads, and they’re also added to some packaged foods.
These fats have been linked to inflammation, heart disease, insulin resistance and abdominal fat gain in observational and animal studies.
A 6-year study found that monkeys who ate a high-trans-fat diet gained 33% more abdominal fat than monkeys that ate a diet high in monounsaturated fat.
Read food labels carefully to stay away from products that contain trans fats. These are often listed as “partially hydrogenated” fats. Simple tip: avoid eating anything that comes in a box.
Sleep is good for your weight. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to gain more weight, which may include belly fat. A 16-year study of more than 68,000 women found those who slept less than 5 hours per night were significantly more likely to gain weight than those who slept 7 hours or more per night .
The condition known as sleep apnea, where breathing actually stops intermittently during the night, has also been linked to excess fat. Basically with sleep apnea, you're spending your night struggling to breathe and this alone is stressful, and your body cannot rest which creates more stress. Stress creates fat. It's pretty much that simple.