The hardest type of fat to lose is belly fat and it’s the most important fat to lose. Belly fat can be a sign of poor cardiovascular health and can signify (years before it happens) potential onset of diabetes, heart attack and even colon cancer.
Getting belly fat under control is very important. Thankfully, due to science we know more than ever about belly fat and why we have it.
The Cortisol Connection
In women there is thought to be a connection between cortisol levels and waist circumference. The stress many women have in their lives tends to stimulate them to produce more cortisol which tends to force them to store extra fat around their bellies. This is the” muffin top” or even” beer bellies that you often see in otherwise slim women.
It is critical that women with excess belly fat (compared to body fat) find ways to reduce their stress levels. One way to do is find some exercising or other stress reducers. Some people have gotten some results by adding a resveratrol supplement, which is an ingredient found in red wine, grapes, cherries and cranberries. It helps reduce stress, increases motivation and sometimes gives a boost of energy not unlike caffeine.
Avoid Processed Foods
Whether it’s “diet food” or out and out “bad” food, it’s best to avoid processed food of all kinds.
Sticking as close to nature as possible to get the nutrient-dense foods that your body needs will do a lot to help you because your body will be getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to repair itself. Think low calorie, high nutrition.
Drink Plenty of Water
The truth is the only beverage that anyone should be drinking is water, and some green tea assuming you can have the caffeine.
Don’t drink fruit juice or soda diet and limit alcoholic beverages. Instead, drink fresh filtered water, about eight glasses per day. If you feel need for something sweet, eat fruit- don’t drink it.
Eat your largest meal in the morning and eat less as the day progresses. Your last meal of the day be your lightest. There are some theories about eating only during daylight but this is usually very hard to do in today’s busy life styles.
Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods
Belly fat is often increased due to eating foods that cause can inflammation. These are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods:
• Dark leafy greens
• Tart cherries
• Whole grains
Do Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise will not only help you lose weight, combat stress, and burn calories, but it is also very good for your cardiovascular system. Since belly fat plays horrible on the cardiovascular system, it’s important to find a way to improve your heart health.
The only way to genuinely burn fat is also through aerobic exercise, starting small and gradually increase.
Get Enough Sleep
There is a big connection between not enough sleep and being overweight, including having excess body fat around the belly.
Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. The best way to find out how much you need a sleep is go to bed earlier and earlier until you can wake up naturally without an alarm.