How to Lose Belly Fat
Anyone, and I mean anyone who wishes to lose weight, wishes to get rid of that jiggly fat in the stomach area.
That jiggly, unhealthy fat in your tummy area is actually called “visceral fat.” This fat surrounds your liver and other organs found in the abdomen. Visceral fat increases our risk to have diseases like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
How Do We Gain Belly Fat?
1. Eating Sugary Food and Drinking Sugary Beverages
The number one culprit is sugar. It is in everything we eat and drink, and we barely notice it. It is in those instant meals we like and find so convenient, in those coffees we like to buy before heading off to work, and those “harmless” desserts after eating a full meal. Sugar is everywhere.
2. Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol, when consumed in moderate amounts, actually has some medical benefits. It reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. But when you consume an obscene amount of alcohol, it may cause inflammation, liver disease, and a lot of other health problems. It has also been evidenced that drinking alcohol hinders fat burning. Excess calories from alcohol are partly kept as belly fat. This is where we get the term, “beer belly.”
3. Having a Sedentary Lifestyle
One should not wonder why they have belly fat when their idea of exercise is surfing...TV surfing. Being inactive is played a major role why obesity rates are rising.
4. Under A Lot of Stress
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, this can drive you to “stress eat” or overeat. The thing about cortisol or more commonly known as the “stress hormone”, it causes excess calories to be stored as fat all over the body, but most especially in the belly.
5. Not Getting Enough Sleep
When you don’t sleep enough, your body does not feel rested, and therefore turns to food for energy leading to weight gain.
How to Lose Belly Fat Overnight?
Now, the million-dollar question is: How do I lose this belly fat? Here are some tried and tested ways on how to get rid of that belly fat quickly and effectively.
1. Hate Sugar and Carbs
I said it before and I’ll say it again: sugar is the culprit. If you really wish to kiss that belly fat goodbye, hate sugar. Be more wary of the things you eat. Sugar is not only found in sweet food, but even on savory food like bread and pasta. Yes. Did you know that there are at least 61 different names for sugar on food labels? That’s right. And most of the time, you see multiple names on the label. Uh-huh. These are the following sugar aliases you have to look out for:
Barley malt syrup
Cane juice crystals
Coconut palm sugar
Corn syrup solids
Dehydrated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Free-flowing brown sugars
Fruit juice concentrate
HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
Yes, sugar restriction is not enough; you also have to restrict your carb intake if you really want to see quick fat loss results. Why? Carbs cause you to retain water - especially around the belly area. So if I were you, bid potatoes, white rice, breads, and pastas goodbye. Start befriending lean meat, fish (According to my research, salmon is a great way to fight fat and boost metabolism), leafy green vegetables, and last but not the least, eggs!
2. Tea Up!
Whenever I look for a wake-me-up drink, I always, always go for coffee. But, upon doing research, tea, especially green tea, has the same perk-me-up benefits! It is also packed with powerful antioxidants that burns fat and are good for the skin, too! What’s not to love?
3. HIIT It with Your Best Shot
Have you ever tried HIIT? HIIT or high intensity interval training has fast paced workout routines that target all the fats in your body, gets your blood pumping, and increases metabolism and the fat-burning capacities of your body.
4. Fight with Fiber
Fiber keeps you feel full for a longer period of time. In addition to that, it also keeps your blood sugar levels in check, so your body will less likely hold onto fat. Try incorporating spinach, broccoli, or tomatoes in your diet. You might also want to increase your apple and raspberry intake for your choice of fruits.
5. Find the Perfect Fat Burner for You
Let me get a couple of things straight - first, fat burners are not the miracle cure you are looking for. Second, they are not “all the same”.
My favorite fat burner, as I have always declared time and time again, is Nutra Botanics’ L-Carnitine 5000mg. But I can assure you that Nutra Botanics has a wide array of choices. If you want to know more about it or if you are looking to try it out, click here.
6. Sleep Right
I did not say deprive yourself of sleep, nor did I say sleep in - just sleep right. If you do not get enough sleep, your body suffers and does not get recharged sufficiently. Hence, it will turn to other sources of energy, like food - more specifically, sugary food. Sleep deprivation amplifies your cravings, so make sure you get enough sleep in.
Losing that jiggly belly fat can be frustrating. It can be a slow process, but if you follow these tips fervently and faithfully, you will definitely be a belly loser!