If you ask any dietary expert in which part of the body is the most difficult for lowering fat, and he will answer you that it is the stomach area. It is even harder to lose fat around your stomach if you have gone through pregnancy or if you are carrying weight around your middle. But, if you make some changes in your diet regime, your efforts for losing weight will pay off and you will begin to lose some fat in your mid-section.
In fact, stress is considered one of the leading causes for lower belly fat building around your midsection. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol that increases the amount of lower belly fat your body holds on to, according to a study from Yale. Essentially, as your stress increases, so does your levels of cortisol and as a result, so does your lower belly fat.
Refined grains, more so than whole grains, expand your waist. In a 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that increased intake of refined grains correlated with a greater amount of belly fat, while an increased intake of whole grains did not. Eat brown rice, quinoa and 100-percent whole-wheat bread in lieu of white rice and pasta. Include ample watery, fibrous vegetables at meals too -- they'll help fill you up without too many calories.
I've had every tea that is listed in this book and never noticed any of the results that are claimed. Hell, I even went pretty deep into Puer tea and bought a few hundred dollars of the stuff, then spent months drinking it and noticed nothing at all by way of results. Over a year ago I came across information that explained that the difference between people who get results from drinking tea, whether green tea or white tea, oolong, or puer tea, is that those who got results were drinking between 4 - 5 cups a day, while those who didn't get results were only drinking 1 or 2 cups a day. So, I started making a habit of drinking 4 - 5 cups a day. I even started making tea and keeping it in 1 liter bottles in my refrigerator, to make it easy to drink iced tea whenever I wanted. After nearly a year now of drinking 4 - 5 cups a day of green, white, oolong, puer, and other teas, I do not believe drinking any of these teas aided in any weight I've lost at all, as there have been periods of a week here and there where I've not drank any tea, and when I added it back in, I didn't notice any additional weight being lost at all. So, it may simply be a matter of individual physiology, but for me, whether I drink tea or not there is no noticeable difference, no noticeable increase in the amount of weight which is lost. The book simply makes it sound like every tea is going to produce some kind of magical effect, and that's what bothers me the most. While tea may be a useful addition to a weight loss program, from my experience, it certainly is not a weight loss miracle the way it's made out to b by this author.
Snack on portion-controlled fruit, seeds and nuts. One study found that snacking on 42g of almonds per day (instead of munching on something high-carb with equal calories) helped to reduce belly fat and improved cholesterol levels. “The high levels of fibre are proven to combat excess calorie consumption later in the day,” says registered dietitian Lucy Jones.
Purchase a cleanse product that fits into your lifestyle. Many such products are available at your local health retailer. Cleansing products are kits that typically contain herbs for detoxifying the body as well as fibers to help eliminate them. Cleansing programs generally last from 7 to 30 days. Be sure to pick something gentle and stay close to a restroom while you are cleansing.
Subcutaneous fat is the fat just under the skin. If you are wondering why you cannot see your six-pack abs, it is probably because subcutaneous fat is covering them. The cells in this type of fat are active and can contribute to the development of disease, but the placement and activity level of the cells of this type of fat makes it less dangerous than visceral fat.
Several studies suggest green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn abdominal fat. Green tea contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that may briefly affect the metabolism. It is known for helping many dieters lose fat quicker than usual when consumed 3 times a day (once before or after each meal). Green tea is a fat burner drink which can help lose extra belly fat with ease!
When you decide to “go on a diet,” you’re making the conscious decision that this is a temporary choice. You’re going to go on it, but that means that you’re going to one day—probably sooner than you expect—go off it. That’s the concept of weight cycling (also known as yo-yo dieting), and it’s extremely unhealthy. A 2014 study in the journal Diabetes Care found that a pattern of weight cycling—losing at least five pounds and then gaining it back within two years—resulted in as much as a 33 percent higher risk of diabetes and higher blood pressure.
Elisha is a clinical nutritionist who specialises in nutrition for weight loss, insulin resistance, digestive and mental health. Elisha has a huge amount of experience in complimentary health, particularly in helping to work through food related issues such as diabetes and obesity, and provide assistance to combat emotional eating. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative blog posts, contributing to our recipe books and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes. Elisha loves working for The Healthy Mummy because “I love creating family friendly recipes, knowing that women all around the country are losing weight and gaining more confidence and changing their lives for the better.”
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