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The Top Ways to Banish Lower Belly Fat

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When you want to lower belly fat, it can feel as though your body is working against you. Even when you watch the numbers on the scale falling successfully because of your clean eating and exercising efforts, it can be very frustrating when you still have that extra weight around your middle that just doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.

For many people, this is one of the most stubborn areas for weight loss and it can create some of the biggest dieting battles.

The important thing to remember is that you should never give up.  It is possible to lower belly fat as long as you know how to do it properly and you know what to expect from your efforts.  Not giving up is important not only to your looks but also to your health.  Weight around the middle can bring on extra health issues that you really don’t want or need in your life.  

Research has shown that where your weight is carried has a much greater impact on your health than how much you weigh.  There are many people who are overweight and who don’t have any additional medical issues as a result of their excess body fat.  At the same time, there are people whose BMI is within the normal range but who have a bit of extra weight around the abs and who have some of the same health side effects faced by people with obesity.

So what do you do to lower belly fat?  There are a few strategies that have been proven to target fatty deposits in the abdominal area a little more than other areas of the body.  They include the following:

Avoiding added sugar like it’s poison.  Sugar-sweetened anything should be cut out of your diet.  This is especially true when it comes to beverages including soda, juice, flavored drinks and even specialty coffees.

Boost your lean protein intake.  This doesn’t provide instant belly fat reduction but it does work over time and it helps to keep it up.  It’s a critical part of any weight loss strategy.  Chicken breast, beans, quinoa, turkey and eggs (particularly egg whites if you’re looking to slash cholesterol) are especially good choices.

Choose carbs wisely.  It’s not necessary to cut out carbs altogether.  It isn’t good for you and it doesn’t work over the long term. Instead, reduce the size of the carb portion on your plate and choose options that are better for you.  Dump all carbs based on white flour.  Aim for only 100 percent whole grains in foods such as cereals, breads and pasta. If you do eat potatoes, eat the skins, too.  They’re very high in fiber and are quite filling.

Make fiber your new best friend.  Most people don’t eat enough fiber.  When you eat more, you’ll lower cholesterol levels, improve your blood pressure and will lose weight more easily because fiber is great for filling you up and keeping you feeling satisfied with your meals. 

 

Last modified on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:22

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