Banishing the Belly Fat
Belly fat can be a sight for sore eyes, especially on the beech.
Why does your belly develop fat?
There is no single cause for belly fat; however, lifestyle, genetics and your diet can all play a part in the development of belly fat. High energy-dense foods such as biscuits, sweets, crisps, butter and mayonnaise add to the spreading of your middle. As well as foods, alcohol (especially beer) is a significant factor in contributing to gaining fat on your tummy. Although unnecessary calories can increase belly fat, the calories from alcohol are worse and has its own name –the beer belly. Alcohol seems to have a fondness to add fat to the belly. This is because when you drink alcohol, your liver is too busy burning off the alcohol to burn off fat – leaving you with the beer belly.
Green tea, which we was discussed in our Can Green Tea Aid Weight Loss? blog, in combination with exercise, can help to lose weight around the belly. Researchers have suggested that the polyphenols in green tea, , may stimulate the body to burn calories and decrease belly fat, although as previously highlighted in the blog more research is required.
Researchers in the US found that trans fats, which are created by partially hydrogenated oil, increase the amount of fat around the belly. They do this, not just by adding new fat, but also by actually redistributing fat tissue to the abdomen from other parts of the body. Trans fats may be found in foods such as margarine, pastries, biscuits, crackers or fried and convenience foods.
To lose belly fat, ask Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd to empower you with our fun and informative healthy eating initiatives. You can make a start in the mean time by substituting whole grain rice instead of white rice, whole grain pasta instead of semolina and breads made from whole grains instead of white bread.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlighted that a food intake, rich in whole grains, trimmed extra fat from the waistline of obese subjects.
The value of whole grains was undermined if refined grains remained a major part of the diet.
Belly fat is usually the first thing to go when you begin losing weight. That’s because much belly fat is “visceral” fat – a more metabolically active type of fat that’s easier to lose than other kinds.
Doing sit-ups, crunches, or other abdominal exercises will strengthen your core muscles and help you hold in your belly fat, but won’t eliminate it. The only way to lose belly fat (or any kind of fat) is to lose weight.
A combination of aerobic exercises like running, swimming, cycling and tennis and Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd’s expert advice can help to reduce belly and body fat.