According to the National Institutes of Health, the third largest source of food calories in the American diet isn’t a food at all. It’s soda. We get more calories from soda every day than we do meat, dairy or anything other than baked goods. How can that be possible? Because of all the sugar. Mountain Dew, for example, not only delivers 52 grams of sugar per 12-ounce can, but gives you a delicious side helping of bromated vegetable oil, a component of rocket fuel. And I don’t mean metaphorical rocket fuel—I mean the stuff they actually put in the engines to keep the gears from exploding.
You can develop lower belly fat at any age, though. The food you eat daily plays a serious role. The Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2009 published a study showing that consuming a significant amount -- about 25 percent of calories over just 10 weeks -- of fructose-sweetened drinks, including soda and fruit punches, increases visceral fat development. Other sugary foods can be to blame as well. Reduce your intake of candy, soda and processed baked goods to help lose your belly.
I first learned about the weight-loss power of tea when my mother fell victim to diabetes. A former nurse back in Korea, she urged me to look into Eastern remedies when it became clear that Western science couldn’t help her. And time and again, as I pored through the studies, the same answer kept popping up: tea. What I learned in my research, and collected in my new book, The 7-Day Flat Belly Tea Cleanse, in which test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in just one week, was that certain teas not only melt fat by boosting metabolism, but can actually prevent our bodies from forming new fat cells.
At one time, we might have accepted these changes as an inevitable fact of aging. But we've now been put on notice that as our waistlines grow, so do our health risks. Abdominal, or visceral, fat is of particular concern because it's a key player in a variety of health problems — much more so than subcutaneous fat, the kind you can grasp with your hand. Visceral fat, on the other hand, lies out of reach, deep within the abdominal cavity, where it pads the spaces between our abdominal organs.
Go on a 1- to 3-day fast. According to "The Miracle of Fasting," fasting allows the body to cleanse itself from the inside out. You do not have to starve yourself to obtain many of the benefits of fasting. Fruits, vegetables and nuts put very little stress on the digestive system, allowing the body to properly cleanse, according to Paul C. Bragg. If you do choose to fast, drink an apple cider vinegar drink three to five times per day to fight hunger and detoxify. Mix 2 tbs of Bragg apple cider vinegar, 1 tbs natural honey and 8 oz. of distilled water.
Not all women are created equally — or at least as far as our bellies are concerned! Your belly type is dependent upon your musculoskeletal structure, genetics, lifestyle, diet and more. James Duigan, fitness expert and A-list celeb trainer, has narrowed down the belly types to five: spare tire, stress, pooch, mommy and bloated. Once you figure out which belly type you have, you can address the weight loss with focus and efficiency. All of the information below is based off of Duigan's research and recommendations.
1. Alcohol Belly: Nothing can be more soothing than a nice gold alcoholic beverage on a hot summer day. But when one beer turns into another and another, and this becomes a daily routine for you, you’re not doing any favors to your waistline. Psychology Today explains that at 7 calories per gram, alcohol contains nearly twice as much as that, as well as four carbohydrates per gram. The problem here is that the body stores carbohydrates and fat as glycogen (another form of sugar) in the liver and muscle. They add that the body cannot store alcohol, unfortunately, so when consumed, it must be burnt immediately.
Where fat is stored in the body depends on genes, hormones, diet and exercise habits, and levels of stress. Foods and beverages containing sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juices, more than two alcoholic drinks a day, inadequate protein intake, and insufficient fiber promote the storage of visceral fat. A sedentary or inactive lifestyle, stress, and poor sleep also increase the amount of visceral fat.
If you prefer a bit of a tropical taste in your detox water, this pineapple and sugarcane water is perfect. The pineapple helps to rid your body of free radicals and this recipe is so easy that you can make it in about five minutes. You need a couple of liters of purified water, 2 sticks of sugar cane and a few chunks of fresh pineapple. Note, fresh works much better than canned. Just mix all of the ingredients in a pitcher and add ice. Let it steep in the fridge for a couple of hours before drinking. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.
First one’s the Adrenal belly or Adrenal shape, caused by increased levels of cortisol. When going through stressful periods, the production of cortisol increases, and this favours the accumulation of fat around the waist, leading to a saggy abdomen. Both men and women are likely to gain weight around the waist if they are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, and besides the excess belly fat, they are also likely to experience fatigue, back pain, nervousness, poor memory and sleep problems.