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Ban Belly Fat This Year

by Lori Sciame January 4th, 2019 | Health News
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Belly fat…most people over 40 years-old know how difficult it can be to lose. Sit ups don’t work, diet alone doesn’t work, and of course, there is no magic pill to melt it away. So what can a person do to get rid of this unsightly fat? Health news sites suggest that a simple plan, one that includes exercise and a sensible diet can help take off unwanted inches.

To begin thinking about belly fat, one must remember that the fat you can see is not the only fat around your middle. Where an outer layer of fat exists, an inner layer is present as well. This increases a person’s risk for many health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. You should also picture what the fat looks like inside your body…it is thick and white, much like the fat you trim off beef! As you can imagine, this taxes the body greatly.

Next, a person must know how many inches he or she needs to lose from the waist to be considered healthy. On the Mayo Clinic website, it is suggested women should be at no more than 35 inches, while men should not exceed 40 inches; however, on a recent edition of the Dr. Oz show, a target of 32 inches for women was promoted. (Remember, if you have had children, your skin will have stretched a bit, and it will most likely not completely tighten again).

After you determine how many inches you want to get rid of, a diet and exercise plan must be initiated. In order to lose a pound of fat, you need to burn at least 2,500 more calories per week than you consume. This sounds like a lot, and it is! That is why slow and steady weight loss is best. If you starve yourself, you may lose weight quickly, but you will gain it right back when you resume eating normally.

Basically, experts assert that you can lose a clothing size with every 10 – 12 lbs shed. This can take from one to two months. The lesson here is that losing weight, takes time. You won’t see immediate results, but rest assured, if a person continually consumes less calories than those being burned, he or she will lose weight (and inches).

Simple foods, including fruits and vegetables are best for losing belly fat, as well as whole grain products. As always, stay away from fast foods, high calorie sauces, and sweets. You can eat many of the foods you love, but make sure to limit portion sizes. If you usually eat an entire plate full of spaghetti and sauce, switch to whole grain noodles and sauce…and limit yourself to half the plate. (Don’t worry. Your hunger pains will diminish within a few days).

Losing belly fat can seem to be impossible, but leading experts agree that it is not impossible. If people watch caloric intake, eat healthy foods, and exercise more – waistlines can be reduced – at least that’s what all the news outlets tell us!

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