The male belly is a strange phenomenon. It comes in all shapes and sizes and it's become the focal point of the fitness industry (love handles, double chins and man boobs all trailing close behind). But what do you do if you're not happy with yours? Putting any six-pack-based goals aside for a moment, here's how to trim your tyre before you start working on your abs.
Limit foods high in refined carbohydrates and refined sugar (white bread, white pasta, white rice), and replace them with high fibre ‘complex carbs’ – think: whole grains, brown rice, sweet potato, oats, beans and pulses. Fill your boots with as many vegetables as possible – they’re low calorie, high in micronutrients, and the fibre in them will keep you full.
Omega 3 fatty acids are lauded with such attractive qualities as delaying ageing and fighting degenerative diseases. However, it's less well known that eating fatty fish is also excellent for weight loss (when accompanied by a balanced diet and regular exercise, of course). Foods such as mackerel and herring are high in protein and 'good fats' that help to break down some of the more dangerous fats in your body. Try to eat fish twice or thrice a week.
Here's the funny thing about chamomile: While it's the most popular tea for bedtime, there's actually no evidence that it improves the length or quality of sleep. But there's a lot of evidence that it does something even more mysterious: It reduces the stress that comes with insomnia. One German study found that chamomile tea significantly improved the physical symptoms related to a lack of sleep, and even helped reduced levels of depression in the chronically sleep-deprived. Another study found that it improved daytime wakefulness in people who suffered from a lack of sleep. To maximize its effects, look for a chamomile/lavender blend. In a study of postpartum women, those who drank lavender tea for 2 weeks showed improvement in postpartum depression and reduced fatigue. They also reported being able to better bond with their infant!
Seriously, most things that taste remotely good are riddled with hundreds or thousands of calories. This may be disturbing for those who don’t know about the joy of water detoxifying, but the health-conscious ladies are keeping up with the times. They are wise to avoid the lure of most snacks and meals. By sticking with scientifically proven methods of bodily purification, these girls are likely to be more beautiful than the general population. Each one of their delicious servings contains less than 10 calories. Many times, the tasty brew showcases a complete lack of calories. In previous generations, this kind of health feat would have probably seemed inconceivable. While it may have been formerly unimaginable, these water treatments are the wave of the future and certainly here to stay.
Don’t give up! Dr. Klein, a professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science at Washington University School of Medicine stated that “When people slim down through exercise and diet, visceral fat disappears twice as fast as subcutaneous fat.” This means that though your health will start to improve quickly, it will take perseverance to get rid of the lower belly fat and love handles.
Hip and knee pain, depression and increased water retention, libido problems and night sweats are also likely to occur. The solution in this case also refers to balancing the hormone levels, but in some cases, medical treatment might be required – if ovarian cysts are present, for example. A diet that’s rich in protein and fat from vegetal sources, and low in products of animal origin, is more likely to help in getting rid of this type of belly. See our Healthy eating tips to make ‘healthy’ your lifestyle choice.