Although for our body look usually we think during the spring period, because everyone is important in the summer period to look nice in bikini, so fats around the waist, are kind of medical alarm.
A lot of people are obsessed by a phobia of fat, and that is wrong approach, because the fact is that the human body needs fat. The important thing is where fats are stored in our body, because they act differently in different parts of the body. Health problem arises when you pass the limit of the allowed amount of fat in the body. In our body there are visible and invisible fats.
Visible and invisible fats
The human body has fats just below the skin of the thighs, hips, buttocks and stomach, these are called visible fats. There are also fats around the vital organs (heart, lungs, digestive tract, liver, etc..) In the chest, abdomen, pelvis – these are invisible fats.
While we all complain about the visible fat, the other group of fats are greater threat for our health. Invisible fats except that protects our vital organs from diseases and strokes, they act as an organ that secretes harmful substances, and then those substances are absorbed by neighboring organs.
For example, fat cells release substances that can lead to insulin resistance and some cancers. Excess of these fats are associated with the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, breast cancer and colon.
Of course, each of us has more or less fats – regardless of weight or height. If you become obese, you will increase the amount of fats in your body. Where fat is stored depends of our lifestyle (primarily eating healthy food, exercise and sleep well), age and gender.
How much is it – EXCESS FAT?
All usually calculate BMI – the ratio of height and weight. However, it doesn’t shows us where are the excess fats. How will you know when you have excess fats and when is in danger your health? Most accurate way to see that you have excess fat is a CT scan or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Fortunately, there are much simpler and cheaper but less accurate methods. For example if the body shape looks like a pear, it means that the fats are located on the hips, and are less hazardous to our health, and if the body shape looks like an apple in this case fats are located around the waist, that means that pose a threat to our health. In this case you will need to measure the waist circumference.
Most experts agree that, regardless of your weight, waist size for women should not be more than 89 cm (35 in), and for men no more than 102 cm (40 in).
Larger waist circumference of the above indicates means that you probably have larger amounts of fats around the vital organs, which can seriously impair their functioning. What you should do to lose your belly fat, and therefore to have a healthier body?
Follow these 10 tips for losing belly fat
1. Don’t starve yourself!
Starvation will not help you to lose your belly fat faster. It is very unhealthy and bad way that will not lead to the desired result. It is better to avoid the empty calories – sweets and the processed foods that are full of preservatives and sodium, and to increase the intake of vegetables.
Try to reduce the amount of food that you consume. Most of us eat almost twice as much food than we needed, especially meat.
2. Let your meal be colorful
Did you know that if the meal is more colorful, that is much healthier? Carrots, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, fruit – all of these foods are rich in nutrients, fiber and will keep your blood sugar level.
Also can help to control hunger and thus quickly to lose your belly fat. Of course, when you are preparing vegetables, be careful do not cook too long and in too much water, to save the precious nutrients.
3.Do not be afraid of “good” fats
Unlike the diet based on carbohydrates and saturated fats, which leads to the formation of belly fat, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats makes the opposite.
Olive oil, peanuts, almonds or nuts are rich in monounsaturated fat, which leads to positive changes in blood lipids – reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol and increases the levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
4.Avoid trans fats
Trans fatty acids are found in many foods. Their consumption is associated with cardiovascular disease, but when it comes to fats in the stomach – they go straight there! Recent studies have shown that trans fats causes a redistribution of fat from other parts of the body directly into the stomach!
5.Forget the junk food and soda drinks!
Absolutely this is necessary step, because this combination is one of the main enemies in the fight for losing belly fat.
Junk food is a very quick and easy way to satisfy hunger, but you should avoid foods like hamburger, fries and soda drinks and change them for salad or fruit, water or tea. Fast food also increases our appetite and makes us to eat more than we need.
6.Always carry a bottle of water everywhere
Wherever you go you should carry a bottle of water. Your body is very important to be well hydrated. Also, before every meal, drink a glass of water, wait a minute, and then start to eat. If you want to lose belly fat drink cold water.
Studies have shown that the metabolism is accelerated when we consume cold water, so whenever you can, put ice cube in the glass of water. Certainly not make a significant difference, but will certainly help a bit.
7. Do not be lazy
Little physical activity during the day can lead to a lot of fat melting. You can ride a bike, use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the dog, exercise every morning before breakfast. Daily brisk walk for about half an hour is also a good idea.
8. NO alcohol, NO cigarettes!
Perhaps, like many smokers you think that smoking cigarettes makes you slimmer. Think again!
Smoking along with alcohol, increases the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Increasing the hormone cortisol in the blood leads to insulin reaction that resulting in weight gain and accumulation of abdominal fat – exactly where you do not want!
Drinking makes you fat – unless it contains 7 calories per gram, it accelerates the accumulation of fats around the waist. If you just can’t stop drinking, choose a dry red wine.
9. Get rid of stress
From the point 8 we learned that stress leads to weight gain. If you can not remove the causes of stress, try with yoga. Find your own way to relax, such as a walk in the park without a mobile phone.
Also good sleeping will allow you to be active during the day, and you will have more energy to burn fat. Tiredness caused by not sleeping usually leads to overeating in order to get more energy.
10. White tea kills the excess fat
People who have problems with obesity, especially belly fat, need every day to drink white tea. White tea contains catechin. The Catechin activates the gene for melting fat in the fat cells of the stomach, accelerates the elimination of excess fluids and speed up our metabolism.
Regulary consumption of white tea, along with physical activity, will significantly reduce your belly fat.
Author – Bio
My name is Borce Velkovski. I was born on November 15, 1989 in a small country Macedonia. I’m living and growing up in a small city Veles that is located in the center of Macedonia. I chose to study at the University of “St. Kliment Ohridski” – department for Information and Computers Technology. My graduation provided me with the status – graduate information technology degree. Now I’m studying my second faculty at the same University- Department for Nutrition.
Today, healthy eating and healthy living is my lifestyle and I wouldn’t change that. Now I’m working as a wellness couch, giving useful tips for losing weight, improving their lifestyle, and give big motivation to people who need that. HealthyFoodHouse is informational and learning web site to help anyone who wants to learn how simple, easy and practical to eat, and eating healthy and at the same time delicious foods, will improve their health and maintain their vitality, shape and energy. Feel free to contact me at any time.
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