Struggling with Stubborn Belly Fat? Here’s What You Should be Doing to Lose It
Belly fat is something that millions, perhaps even billions, of people suffer from all over the planet. Caused by a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, stress, and other factors beyond our control (yes, even the air we breathe), it is almost impossible to lose belly fat. However, thanks to extensive research in the last couple of decades, it is now easier to lose belly fat and save your life.
Big belly? Big deal.
Let us not mince words—belly fat can cause major health issues. In a recent Mayo Clinic study, people who weigh normal but have belly fat have a higher risk of heart disease, not to mention other health problems like diabetes—even more so than people who are obese, in fact. This is because they are out of proportion, increasing the waist to hip ratio that puts folks at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. It was also discovered that people who suffer from central obesity, which is an excess of visceral fat in the midsection and belly area, are three times more likely to die from a heart attack or heart disease.
Skinny fat is still fat.
Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, says that central obesity can kill and is never normal, even in men, women, and teens who are considered skinny by today’s standards. Unfortunately, most people are not even aware that they need to lose belly fat. In fact, folks who step on the scale and weigh in at an average weight are less likely to change the way they live their lives. This makes central obesity a silent killer of sorts as not only does it raise insulin resistance levels, but it also means less fat in protected areas like the legs and hips.
Gentlemen, pay attention!
Although women are most susceptible to belly fat and are most likely to work on losing it for the sake of vanity, they are actually not the only ones who need to lose belly fat. We have all seen those men who look great from behind, but once you catch a glimpse of them from the side or front, it is a whole different story. Men who have beer bellies are at risk the most because not only can belly fat increase the risk of heart disease and cancer, but it can also cause diabetes and high cholesterol in men who do not do anything about it.
It goes without saying that beer is not the only contributor to belly fat in men. Poor meal choices and a lifestyle that is less than active can contribute to weight gain and an increase in belly fat. Most people know that when you eat more than you burn, you will gain more weight—it is simple science. Unfortunately, men are less likely to count calories and are more susceptible to belly fat than women are. Not only that, most men tend to be more indulgent when it comes to food and drink. Furthermore, men in the workplace also tend to eat out more and consume processed food out of convenience, such as meat from the deli which is heavily loaded with saturated fat.
Some men may also assume that just because they play sports, they are out of the woods. However, it is a fact that muscle mass will decrease as you age. Not only that, playing sports and having the same amount of physical activity will also count less as you get older, especially if you do not change your eating habits.
Get it under control.
Of course, eating right and a regular exercise regimen can help you reduce belly fat, but it does not help you get rid of the unhealthy toxins that are in your body fully. Most people have tried everything under the sun to lose belly fat, and like you, what most of them have discovered is that a diet rich in lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and exercise alone does not entirely work. You can run dozens of miles a day, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and cut out processed foods, but if you do not take care of the root of the problem, you will never experience belly fat loss. This is why a holistic approach that includes detoxifying your liver is also critical. After all, there is a direct correlation between your liver and belly fat, and detox cleanses away build-up and helps release waste fluids, which, in turn, helps with belly fat loss.
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