Belly fat sucks. It creeps up on you like a middle-aged paunch, it is the most difficult fat to shed, and it puts you at risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Technically known as visceral fat, this white fat expands in your abdomen and wraps around your organs, setting you up for heart disease and an early grave.
So follow the easy steps below, and do not listen to the naysayers who tell you that your belly fat is here to stay.
1. Get Moving
The only good thing about visceral fat is that it responds nicely to aerobic exercise, so get moving and keep moving – running, swimming, aerobics, biking – whatever gets your heart pumping. Jogging about 12 miles a week is a good way to attack stubborn belly fat. Now, notice I said 12 miles a week, not a day. I’m not trying to make you drop dead!
2. Add Vinegar
A recent Japanese study found that obese people who consumed a couple of tablespoons of vinegar every day for 8 weeks showed dramatic decreases in visceral body fat. It is believed that acetic acid in the vinegar produces fat-burning proteins. For those of you that don’t like vinegar, maybe try sneaking it in as a salad dressing to minimize that vinegar taste but still get the benefits.
3. Get Your Eight Straight
Wouldn’t you love to lose unsightly belly fat while you sleep? You can, if you get the full eight hours of restful sleep that your body needs. According to a 2010 Wake Forest University study, people who sleep an average of 5 hours a night or less have a much harder time with the battle of the bulge. For all those insomniacs out there, this should be even more of a motivation to get to the bottom of what’s keeping you up late into the night.
4. Get Fit To A Tea
Even if drinking tea is not exactly your cup of tea, it’s worth your while to check out green tea. This delicious and subtle tea is rich in antioxidants and has been shown to reduce abdominal fat when used in conjunction with a sensible exercise regimen.
5. More Fiber
The more fiber in your diet, the better. Just by adding a few servings of fiber-rich apples or pinto beans, you can reduce visceral fat by a few percent every year. For those of us that suffer with eating healthy, this one should be a no-brainer.
Always consult your physician or other health care professional before taking any medical advice
This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.