Small windows pop up each time we surf the net displaying messages such as ‘Miracle ways to cut down belly fat’, ‘Drink this everyday to reduce belly fat’ or ‘Secret to losing belly fat is just a click away’. Curious individuals who try visiting the site land up in some fancy page that sells supplements, powders or shakes. From drinking lemon juice with honey to eating dark chocolate every day the advises and recommendations are countless. Whatever somersault you perform results are never going to vary with this kind of an approach. Who doesn’t love to flaunt a perfect body with a flat tummy? But you need to hit it hard to reap benefits.
The One Secret to Losing Belly Fat
Hopes, promises and claims for reducing belly fat are many on the Internet but no specific diet has until now succeeded in eliminating belly fat. Diets that proclaim to lose belly fat include high-protein diets, Paleo diet, intermittent fasting and green tea. Results show that none of these are better than various other energy-restricted diets. None are aware of a miracle food, diet, drink or nutrient that targets abdominal fat. A recent article in the Health & Fitness journal tells us that a heart-healthy diet rich in fiber and low in saturated fats is a good way to reduce abdominal obesity.
Abdomens are the worst part of the body to store fats and exists as the prime reason for cardiovascular health risk. Despite normal body weight and BMI people with a large waist circumference are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Fat can be visceral or subcutaneous with the latter type less dangerous comparatively. Visceral fat is the one stored below the abdominal muscles which surrounds major internal organs. This is metabolically active than subcutaneous fat that’s stored above the abdominal muscles but under the skin. Similar to BMI ranges, individuals with a waist circumference of more than 34 inches in women and 40 inches in men are classified as having abdominal obesity. Its normal to see small children with inappropriate amount of flesh around the abdomen and also elderly adults with belly fat but the risk of abdominal obesity increases with age. It is more commonly seen in women due to their changing hormone levels.
There are some diets that help in reducing/preventing abdominal obesity, especially those that lower the intake of trans and saturated fats while increasing the consumption of high-fiber foods. Such diets include the DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet both of which are often recommended for weight loss purpose and the DASH diet is specifically for those with hypertension. Such diets recommend individuals to eat more of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meat and fish and lower levels of dairy and fat. Nutritionists and dietitians play a prime role in helping individuals choose the best diet after evaluating their cardiometabolic health risks. Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com to achieve healthy weight loss through diet and exercise. Along with diet it is necessary to exercise regularly to stay in shape.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.