How to lose stubborn belly fat

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“What’s the best way to burn fat and lose my belly?” and “What should I eat to lose stomach fat?” are the most common questions I get about belly fat, which is actually the most dangerous type of fat. A lot of people start exercise programs with the desire to burn belly fat but most of them don’t understand how to get rid of large waistlines.

If you are looking for advice on how to lose stomach fat then following these tips will help you to lose that gut quickly.

1. Reduce Sugar and Saturated Fat

To lose stomach fat, you have to throw out the junk food, the greatest cause of belly fat today because of its high sugar content. Most junk food consists of refined carbs and sugar, which raise blood sugar levels when eaten quickly, leading to reduction in fat burning and increase in appetite. So you should reduce calories by filling yourself up with vegetables, whole grains, protein and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. For example, you should have a sprinkle of cinnamon in your morning coffee or oatmeal that has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. It also slows the rate at which food exits the stomach, so you will feel fuller longer.

2. Increase Vitamin C

When you’re under extreme stress from work or an emotional crisis, you secret more cortisol hormone. Vitamin C helps balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress. Not only is vitamin C a good way to counteract a cold but it is also essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend. So let’s try bell peppers, kale or kiwi fruits to have more vitamin C and burn your stubborn belly fat.

3. Exercise in Bursts

Experts say that if you're trying flatten your abs, one of the most effective methods is doing exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your cardiovascular system. It'll keep you burning calories for up to 16 hours post-exercise. To do this, you can get up and move throughout the day by going for walks. You also can try planking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on the ground, trying 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each.

4. Get More Sleep

Canadian researchers looked at the relationship between sleep and weight gain over 6 years and found that people who slept 5 to 6 hours a night gained about 4.5 pounds more than those who got about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Light snoozers were also 27 percent more likely to develop obesity than regular sleepers. Additionally, losing sleep can alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals is resting for 7 to 8 hours.

5. Eat Dark Chocolate

You may think of chocolate as a decadent indulgence and nutritional no-no but it actually offers a healthy dose of preventative medicine. Dark chocolate, in particular, has been shown to help correct imbalances in the body related to stress. It also can significantly reduce levels of stress hormones. That’s key because a surge in stress hormones is linked to gaining more belly fat. Besides, it’s packed with zinc, which is pretty much your belly's best friend.

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Lee Dobbins has 433 articles online and 7 fans

I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2013/06/01