Research published in the Journal of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concluded that following the Mediterranean diet could help to mitigate the harmful effects of belly fat on your heart. Better yet, it boosts the number of healthy bacteria in your gut – a study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition saw levels rise by up to seven per cent, compared with a western diet.
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.
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.
Watermelon is a terrific, low-cal smoothie base. This fruit has been shown to improve lipid metabolism resulting in less belly fat and a decreased risk of heart disease. A hydrating fruit rich in lycopene, it will increase your body’s arginine levels, an amino acid that ups the body’s fat-burning potential and lowered the risk of developing belly fat. At the same time the juicy red fruit also builds lean muscle.
In healthy people, the levels of blood sugar are higher in the morning, but in those with liver belly, the glycaemia values are lower, and the hunger sensation persists after eating because food isn’t properly processed and bile isn’t released in sufficient amounts. People with these types of belly shapes tend to crave sugary foods and to be constantly tired.
And that’s why only tea makes sense as the basis of a cleanse that you can revisit over and over again. You don’t have to order it from a fancy delivery service, spend oodles of your hard-earned dough on proprietary concoctions, or become a monk who can’t join in social events because there’s none of your magic elixir on hand. If you have a few dimes and access to hot water, you’ve got it made.
So don’t do that. The Zero Belly Cleanse, from my book Zero Belly Diet, provides fast weight loss while avoiding the yo-yo pitfall. First, it reduces your calorie intake slightly, without radically altering the way you eat. There’s no sudden, dramatic food restriction, just a smart 7-day dining plan. Second, it incorporates short bouts of mild exercise to up your metabolic burn, without forcing you into intense, hard-to-stick-to workouts. And third, it keeps your body fueled with clean, powerful, high-nutrient foods that will boost your health while targeting unhealthy belly fat.
The stress hormone cortisol can really screw with your belly. The problem with cortisol is two-fold: First, the chemical makeup of cortisol causes the body to store visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored between your main organs and in the midsection and is the most dangerous type of fat. Experts state that visceral fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.