The average American now drinks about a gallon of soda a week. Add to that our odd new habits of swapping tap water for bottled “vitamin” water (+120 calories) and giving up plain iced coffee for Mocha Frappucinos (+520 calories) and you can see how quickly the calories add up—and that’s before chugging an “energy drink” that tastes exactly like what would happen if a crazed pastry chef hijacked a truckload of Smarties and drove it into a battery acid factory (another 280 calories). Those three drinks alone give you 920 additional calories—almost half a day’s worth!
If lots of women in your family have big bellies (rather than big hips or big butts), your DNA may be stacked against you. "About 50 to 60% of belly fat and weight gain is based on genetics," says Murphy. "You can't really change genes. But what you can do is modify their expression." Simply put, genetics may predispose a woman to gain weight in her midsection—but diet and exercise can influence how much weight stays on, and where.
Before menopause, many women carry excess weight on their hips and thighs. But once "the change" happens, estrogen levels plummet, and even formerly pear-shaped women can develop round tummies. Meanwhile, testosterone drops, too. "By losing testosterone, you lose muscle mass. And when you lose muscle mass, it slows down your metabolism," says Steven A.R. Murphy, MD, an assistant professor at New York Medical College. "It becomes much harder to process simple carbohydrates, and that leads to fat storage."
Every tea has its own special weight-loss powers, but if your boat is sinking and you can only grab one package of tea before swimming to the deserted island, make it green tea. Green tea—a core component of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—is the bandit that picks the lock on your fat cells and drains them away, even when we're not making the smartest dietary choices. Chinese researchers found that green tea significantly lowers triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in subjects who eat fatty diets.
Pomegranate contains vitamins C and K, folate, proteins, fiber, and potassium. Punicalagins present in pomegranate are antioxidants and help boost the overall immunity. Pomegranate prevents type II diabetes, cancer (prostate and breast), and heart disease. It is also beneficial for those who have arthritis, blood pressure, skin diseases, and cognitive disorders. It improves memory and blood circulation (19).
After analysing 1,257 men and 1,366 women who participated in the Canada Fitness Survey they found waist size, "remained significantly lower in subjects performing high-intensity exercise." Worth stressing is this is not casually rolling back and forth on an ab machine or leisurely mounting the thigh master. An idea echoed by research published in the Journal of Obesity who stated, "High Intensity training three times per week was associated with significant reductions in total body fat, leg and trunk fat."
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.