Why You Should Consider Losing That Belly Fat

The problem with belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is not just unsightly; it can be a real danger to your overall health. When you age, your body produces more insulin and more insulin production can lead to Type Two Diabetes. There are a number of things you can do to reduce this fat. One recommendation is to do moderate exercise. My wife and I are by no means over weight, but even slender people like us, need exercise. Since neither one of us drive any more, me because of my issues with vision and her brittle diabetes, we walk every where. Another way to fight off this type of fat is to increase the amount of protein in your diet. When you metabolize protein it causes your body’s ability to burn fat at a much more efficient rate and hence, your weight comes down and the fat around your mid-section is reduced.

Another option, according to a recent Swedish study, is to increase your intake of polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fats. You can find these in sunflower or safflower oil, fish, nuts and seeds. What they also recommend is a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day. The acetic acid in vinegar causes an increase in proteins and proteins burn up fat. I recently wrote an article about yoga and yoga is recommended to burn up these fats, as well. The tightening of your abdomen fights off the stress hormone cortisol and when you over produce cortisol, you also have an increase in belly fat.

One overlooked area in the production of belly fat is sleep. I have a big problem with sleep. It is interesting to note that if you get less than five hours of sleep consistently every night or if your sleep is chaotic, like mine is, you run the risk of an increase in belly fat. You need to get at least eight hours per night of REM sleep to help ward off belly fat according to a Wake Forrest University study in 2010. Another major problem is sleep on the weekends. A lot of folks tend to sleep in on the weekends and this can confuse your metabolism because of the lack of consistency and on the weekends, we tend to over eat, over drink and become lazy. Anti-oxidants are really great at fighting off the fat producing qualities of cortisol. Cortisol also tends to stress out the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Try green tea because the catechins burn up unhealthy fats.

6 foods that will help you burn fat

We all know the feeling. You are trying to lose weight by spending hours at the gym while eating restricted diet. And everything seems fine for a time. You are losing pounds and each day you are a step closer to achieving your goal. But something is amiss. You’ve been restricting yourself too much lately and your motivation is now lost. Suddenly, you are not able to restrict yourself any longer. And soon you’ll find yourself back at the starting point. Feeling miserable and uninspired to make a change. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? But what if I told you that there are certain foods that you can eat as much as you can. Foods that will actually help you lose weight. Here are the top 6 foods that help to burn fat, proving to you that losing weight has never been easier.

1. Fish

Two types of fish that help you burn fat are salmon and tuna. These fish are extremely healthy because they are full of proteins and healthy fatty acids – a foundation of fat burning. Try to eat these fish at least three times a week with addition of vegetables

2. Eggs

Because they are full of B12 vitamin, eggs will burn your fat in no time. Eat eggs for breakfast and you will feel full during the rest of a day. You’ll eat a smaller amount of calories and in time you’ll loose a significant amount of fat.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables

You know that fruits and vegetables are very healthy. But how often do you eat them? Preparing fresh fruits and vegetables are much harder than simply opening a can or a frozen pack. But it pays off. If you are eating fresh fruits and vegetables few times a day, you’ll soon notice a positive change in your weight and even your hair and skin.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is very small, yet powerful spice. Only a small amount of it will help your metabolism to work twenty times faster than before. Furthermore, cinnamon lowers your blood sugar level. These are more than enough reasons to include this wonderful spice in your diet.

5. Integral cereals

If you are trying to lose fat you’ll definitely need some fibers to keep you full. And foods rich in fibers help your body to cleanse. Integral cereals are very good source of fibers. Try to eat them at least 5 times a week.

6. Olive oil

Did you know that your body actually needs fats? But there are very few good fats. And olive oil is rich in these good fats. It will help in balancing your diet and burning fat.