People ask me how to get rid of belly fat. That's a struggle for many people. Even people with flat abs have belly fat. That's normal. It’s the fat deep under your skin that surrounds your organs which is not so healthy. This is known as viseral fat. When you have too much of this fat that's when it becomes a bit dangerous. The more of this fat that you have your body tries to find different places to store it which might be in the organs and around your heart. This is definitely an issue with increasing obesity. So what can we do to lower belly fat and get healthier? We need to make a decision to make a lifestyle change. We can make small changes in our everyday lives to accomplish this goal. The food we chose to eat, the amount of exercise, sleep and stress management all play a key role.
Our diets should include 25 grams of fiber a day. The typical American is maybe reaching ½ of that number daily. Remember what mom always said, an apple a day! Beans are another great source of fiber. Also try reducing your carbs. Eliminate the processed carbs such as white rice and white bread. Go for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and 100% whole wheat if you like your breads!
Exercise is key! Shoot for 30 minutes a day 5 times a week of moderate exercise. Even a brisk walk counts! The point is to get moving, increase your heart rate and start burning some of that belly
fat! So remember if you want to really burn that belly fat quicker, kick up your exercise routine to the next level!
The average healthy adult needs an average 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night. If you're not getting that sleep then your body will be producing an overabundance of the stress hormone known as cortisol which contributes to belly fat. It helps to establish a bedtime routine to get you into the habit of going to bed the same time each night. Setting an alarm 60 minutes before I need to be in bed has helped me stay on track.
Stress! We need to make time for ourselves. We are always doing for others. Go out with friends, stop and relax with the family. Practice meditation pick up a hobby, find something that speaks to you. If you need additional help seek counseling, sometimes just talking with a non biased party is beneficial.
I have found making small changes in each of these areas has made me a happier healthier person both physically and mentally. I actually love exercise, yup I said it! For me it helps my mood, I am more energetic and when I feel frustrated, I work it out at the gym. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t always this way. It took discipline and a desire to be a healthier person.