Subcutaneous fat is the fat on the surface, just under the skin. It accounts for 90% of the fat in the body. This fat, while often unsightly, is not entirely bad for you. It helps the body retain heat and slowly releases hormones that regulate blood sugar. While you want to reduce this fat to flatten your lower belly and lose your love handles, this fat plays an important role in our bodies.

2. Post Pregnancy Belly: Granted, after a woman gives birth, there will be some excess fat. But recent research has suggested that the extra weight may not only be from pregnancy, but rather the result of poor lifestyle choices following the pregnancy. A study, which is published in the journal Women’s Health Issues, conducted a study to see if there was an association between excess belly weight and post pregnancy lifestyle choices. The study consisted of over 32,000 women with at least two births in Wisconsin between 2006 and 2013.


So the first step in getting rid of your belly fat is figuring out which of these four types you have. Once you’ve done that, you figure out how to get rid of it. However, before starting any diet and exercise regimen consult your doctor. Tell him or her what you plan to do (or ask for suggestions if you aren’t sure what to do) and ask if your plan is a safe one. Then get a complete physical so you have a baseline to track your progress.

How It Works: The secret to cardio workouts and losing belly fat has little to do with the actual exercise you choose. The key is the intensity at which you do it and the length of time you are doing it per day/week. According to a  study conducted by the Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, if you routinely participate in high intensity workouts, you will burn more fat than if you participate in similar but lower intensity workouts where you burn the same number of calories. They conclude that intensity if the key to fat loss.

Bloating is directly attributed to water retention, which is something that cucumbers are known to prevent. Water rushes out of the system when cucumbers are consumed consistently. They are especially good for handling weight gain due to a menstrual cycle. Cholesterol is combated by oranges, which also assist the immune systems functions. The other citrus fruits in this blend emphasize a deep intestinal cleansing. Meanwhile, the mint fosters fast nutrient absorption and energy conversion. In general, it also quickens and eases digestion, especially for those who have ulcers or hernias. This recipe focuses on functionality over flavor, but it still has a decent taste.
Before you head out to dinner, pour yourself a cup of green tea. The active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, boosts levels of cholecystokinin, or CCK, a hunger-quelling hormone. In a Swedish study that looked at green tea’s effect on hunger, researchers divided up participants into two groups: One group sipped water with their meal and the other group drank green tea. Not only did tea-sippers report less of a desire to eat their favorite foods (even two hours after sipping the brew), they found those foods to be less satisfying.
The hop, a component in beer, is a sedative plant whose pharmacological activity is due primarily to the bitter resins in the leaves. Hops increase the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, which soothes the central nervous system. Spanish researchers reported in a 2012 journal that the sedative activity of hops aids nocturnal sleep. Knocking out stress will also decrease your levels of cortisol, that stress hormone I mentioned earlier, which tells your body to store fat.
This is the result of a lazy thyroid, the gland being responsible for producing hormones that control the metabolism. A lower metabolism is surely a trigger for weight gain, but it’s not just the excess belly fat that gives headaches to this group of people: they also tend to have poor circulation and cold extremities, hair loss, saggy underarm skin and brittle fingernails.
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