The belly, or beer belly, as it’s also known, is a problem area for most people. We struggle to keep the weight off our waistlines. That stubborn belly bulge can lead to health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Losing weight—belly fat, in particular—is known to have many benefits like improved circulation and better quality sleep. However, most people find belly fat to be the most difficult to lose.
Here are some lifestyle changes that can help get your waistline under control:
Increase your active minutes
Physical activity helps burn calories throughout the day. The more active you are, the more fat you burn and it increases the chances of developing a calorie deficit which helps you lose weight. Try to get in 6000 to 10,000 steps a day to stay fit, active, and reduce your insulin levels.
Eat home cooked meals
Fast food and take out are known to be unhealthy for a reason. Other than the fact that they are deep fried, these foods also contain high carbs, increased sodium, and sugars. Such food increases the fat deposits in your body, making you gain weight. Try to reduce your take out food consumption to a minimum. Meal prep is a great way to have nutritionally balanced food all week long. Create versatile dishes that can be transformed into a variety of dishes for every day of the week.
Stress has been directly linked to a larger waistline. The more stressed you are, the more cortisol the body produces. Cortisol encourages the body to store fat in the belly area and then access it for energy whenever you’re stressed. Identify and eliminate the stressful factors from your life as much as possible to reduce your belly fat.
Compare and contrast the various brands available at the grocery store. Some yogurts, for example, are supposedly low in fat, but higher in carbs and added sugars. Higher carbs and sugars may do more damage than fat.
Mayonnaise-based sauces, salad dressings, and gravy are high in fats and sugars, so make it a point to read their nutritional information before making a purchase.
Consume more protein
Protein is an important macronutrient for your overall fitness. It helps with weight loss as it keeps you feeling full. Consuming more protein can curb your cravings, boost metabolism, and reduce your overall calorie intake. Adding more healthy protein to your diet is an effective way to fuel your weight loss.
Protein may also be effective in reducing abdominal fat. A study revealed that participants who consumed more protein had less abdominal fat.
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