It’s time to get real about the dangers of belly fat, because it’s affecting more of us than ever before. According to the latest government stats, 26 per cent of British adults are classified as obese. That’s just over one in four people, meaning that Britain is on-track to become the fattest country in Europe by 2025. If current trends continue, forecasters have warned that half of us will be obese by 2045.
Stubborn tummy fat can be very hard to shift. Due to our often sedentary lifestyles and stressful jobs, medicated with alcohol and biscuits, belly fat can easily build up. And, it's not just our ability to win the swimsuit competition that's affected by the belly build up: fat deposits around the belly are linked to serious health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that visceral fat yields fairly easily to exercise and diet, with benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to more favorable cholesterol levels. Subcutaneous fat located at the waist — the pinchable stuff — can be frustratingly difficult to budge, but in normal-weight people, it's generally not considered as much of a health threat as visceral fat is.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, excess abdominal fat is a key predictor of heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer. But you shouldn’t get rid of your belly fat just to protect your health; you should also do it because it makes you feel good as an individual. Restoring confidence in yourself is also a great way to ensure you stay healthy. Just remember, losing weight, especially in your belly is not an easy process, so do not get discouraged and stay motivated and you’ll achieve your goals.
That’s in part because when you restrict calories, you restrict nutrients. As a result, you lose weight on a crash diet, but much of it is lean, healthy muscle tissue. With less muscle, your body’s metabolism is set at a lower point. So when you go off the diet, even if you eat the exact same number of daily calories as you ate before, you’ll actually gain more fat than you originally carried.
It may be hard to believe, given the negative press that eggs often get for their cholesterol counts, but eggs can help fight belly fat. This is in addition to several other nutrients eggs provide. Eggs have a high protein content and mix of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that work to give you energy, keep you fuller longer, and boost your metabolism. (5) This combination of benefits can help you stave off morning cravings for sugary coffee drinks and pastries, donuts, and bagels. So tomorrow for breakfast, cook up some eggs, any style will do. Just try to avoid eggs that require copious amounts of fat or carbohydrates. Remember to use minimal butter and oil when cooking eggs, and don’t forget that hard-boiled eggs are an egg-celent flat belly snack.
Hence why dieting alone isn't enough. An idea supported by scientists from the Department of Clinical Chemistry at Bispebjerg Hospital in Denmark who found, "Lipolysis (fat loss) is accompanied by an increase in the fatty tissue blood flow." For this very reason relying on the old calories in/calories out method won't be enough if you want to banish your belly. Instead run, jog, bike or swim, but most importantly move and increase blood flow and fat loss.
» Solution: Don't rush with this belly fat. If you're reading this a few weeks or only a few months postpartum, crunches are not the answer. Instead, retrain the small muscles and stabilizers first. Click here to find out if your postpartum abs are ready for exercise and how the experts want you to tackle it. Incorporate omega-3s and other good fats to help you burn the bad fats and stay energized.
Does the body type theory work in these cases? Well, knowing that you’re a pear or an apple is useful for identifying those exercises that can help you achieve a more proportionate appearance, but focusing more on the upper body or on the legs might not be effective in reducing the belly fat. So today we’ll talk about the Belly type theory, launched by chiropractor Eric Berg, author of a book called The 7 Principles of Fat Burning.