Excess belly fat is more than an inconvenience and issue of vanity. Excess belly fat can pose serious health problems. Because abdominal fat cells are active cells, they can produce hormones in the body that can lead to disease. Some of these diseases include heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer in women and men, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and gallbladder problems. Reducing excess belly fat will not only reduce your risk for these diseases, but also increase your fitness.
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.
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.
Drinking carrot juice stimulates the secretion of bile, which can help rev up your metabolism and increase weight loss. Bile is a fluid that helps break down fat and absorb fat- and water-soluble vitamins and minerals. Carrot juice is also a great source of vitamins B complex - vitamins B1, B2 and B6. These B vitamins play an important role in fat and protein metabolism, as well as lower stress and depression - all of which may contribute to weight loss and muscle building.
This yummy water has the antioxidant properties of blueberries and the toxin flushing properties of citrus. Plus, it’s really easy to make and tastes wonderful. Just mix about six cups of water in a picture with ice cubes, a handful of fresh blueberries and 2 mandarin oranges peeled and cut into chunks. You’ll want this to sit in the fridge for at least two hours so that the water has time to infuse. You can muddle the blueberries just a bit if you want to have a stronger taste or squeeze the juice from an additional orange into your water.
Unless you hit the genetic jackpot, the chances are that your tummy isn’t immune to showing its fat gains. Something interesting is that there are different kinds of belly fat, and they all require different techniques for shedding it. Belly fat isn’t merely an issue of appearance. Sure, it looks and feels nice to have a shredded tummy, but more important are the health implications.