Looking for an easy way to shed stubborn belly fat fast? Here are new and easy ways to get your six packs.
Are you looking for the easiest way to shed stubborn belly fat fast and easy. So how come that last bit of belly is still there?
It turns out there are five surprising reasons why you might not be losing that extra flab.
Here top nutritionists revealed how you can banish the blubber once and for all.
1. Reduce inflammation
Is your extra flab resistant to your diet or gym sessions? Inflammation could be to blame.
Dr. Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, explained: “Your fat cells function as a gland, they produce hormones and other substances, as do other glands in your body.
“Unfortunately, fat cells produce substances called inflammatory cytokines, which have the effect of pumping up the immune system.
“This urge adrenal glands to release more cortisol to calm it down. The excess cortisol in your system then causes more fat to be stored, which then releases more inflammatory cytokines.
“Round and round it goes once more.”
To reduce your inflammation levels, look at your diet.
Michela Vagnini, nutritionist at Nature’s Plus, advised: “Stay away from the three Ps – prepared, processed and packaged foods as well as saturated fats (margarine, pastries, crisps) alcohol, wheat and gluten containing foods and foods that increase our blood sugar level quickly (sweets, juices, bread).
“You can also increase sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants by munching on berries or taking supplements.”
2. Keep your belly happy
Your stomach is made up of good and bad bacteria, called gut flora, which has a controlling influence over many important body functions, including metabolism and fat reduction.
But lifestyle habits like taking antibiotics, a high-sugar diet, stress and drinking too much alcohol damage gut bacteria.
So how can we balance it?
A healthy gut is made by limiting the bad bacteria and encouraging the good one to grow.
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns said: “Feed the good bacteria with fibrous foods and plenty of probiotics, which you can find in fermented foods (Kombucha tea, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar are all examples of probiotic-rich superfoods that balance your gut flora) or include a supplement in your diet.
“Look for the one with different types of strains of bacteria, such as Tum 8 Biotix by Quest Vitamins (qnutrapharma.com, £15.80). Probiotics may help to reduce the number of calories you absorb from food.”
3. Read the food label
We have all done this mistake: grabbing ‘gluten free’, ‘sugar free’ and ‘low fat’ products of the shelves, hoping that will help us lose weight.
Unfortunately that’s exactly what could be making the belly sticking out.
Dr. Marilyn said: “If a food or drink is described as ‘low sugar’, ‘slimline’ or ‘diet’ it will usually contain an artificial sweetener.
“These sweeteners have been linked to mood swings and depression, and it has been found that people who regularly use artificial sweeteners tend to gain weight because they can slow down the digestive process and increase appetite.”
Always read nutrition labels before choosing what you buy.
“Unlike the nutrition labels, front-of-the-box packaging is not tightly regulated, promising guilt free food and giving us false sense of health,” added Michela.
4. You snooze you lose (weight)
As a society we are sleeping less; the time we sleep each night has reduced from nine hours to seven and a half hours since the 1900s.
Sleep is important for your health because it gives your body time to recharge its batteries and repair cells and tissue.
When you don’t get enough or good quality snooze you can feel irritable, with poor concentration and, of course, tired.
But did you know that lack of sleep could give you extra flab?
People who are sleep deprived have an increased appetite. Inadequate sleep lowers levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and increases grehlin, a hormone that increases food intake and is thought to play a role in long-term regulation of body weight.
All this suggests that sleep deprivation can make weight loss extremely difficult because it causes your body to work against you.
A large study of nearly 70,000 women conducted over 16 years found that those who slept less than five hours a night gained more weight over time than those who slept for seven hours a night.
Try to get your eight hours of beauty sleep every night. How?
“Keep a regular sleep routine, include 30 minutes of exercise in your day, avoid all stimulants in the evening (including chocolate, coffee, tea), avoid bright light around the house before bed, have a relaxing bath and keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool,” Marilyn suggested.
5. Pop a chill pill
Our teeth, bones, brain, heart, kidneys – our entire body requires magnesium for more than 300 chemical reactions.
Apart from keeping heart rhythm steady, boosting energy levels it can also aid in weight loss and body shaping by regulating blood sugar levels.
Dr. Marilyn explained: “Known as ‘nature’s tranquilliser, magnesium calms the adrenal glands and helps balance blood sugar by contributing to the production and action of insulin.”
If you are a gym bunny, magnesium can also help you to build your muscles and get rid of fat.
According to research published at Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical analysis, magnesium can boost enhanced levels of free testosterone in our body, which is one of the most potent of fat burning hormones.
Cassandra said: “Include magnesium-rich foods in your diet. Think: leafy green vegetables, bananas, beans, brown rice, nuts and seeds. You can also take a supplement.”