Medical Weight Loss for Belly Fat Questions and Answers
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When people think about losing weight, often the first thing they think of is losing weight around the belly. Fat can build up in the abdominal region quite easily, especially from consuming sugary foods and beverages, alcohol, trans fats and low amounts of protein. Possibly the main cause of excess belly fat is lack of exercise or general inactivity.
How can I cut down belly fat fast?
There are many effective ways to reduce belly weight, primarily diet changes and increasing levels of exercise. Specifically, ways to reduce your belly fat include:
- Eat plenty of soluble fiber
- Avoid foods that contain trans fats
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
- Eat a high protein diet
- Reduce your stress levels
- Don’t eat a lot of sugary foods
- Do aerobic exercise (cardio)
- Cut back on carbs
- Replace cooking fats with coconut oil
- Perform resistance training (lift weights)
- Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Track your food intake and exercise
- Eat fatty fish every week
- Stop drinking fruit juice
- Add apple cider vinegar to your diet
- Eat probiotic foods or take a probiotic supplement
- Try intermittent fasting
- Drink green tea
- Change your lifestyle and combine different methods
What exercise burns the most belly fat?
In order to reduce belly fat you will have to reduce the body fat percentage of your entire body. Unfortunately, there is no way to control where you will lose body fat first. But that’s not to say that exercise containing a combination of full-body movements that demand a high level of effort will not be effective at bringing down your body fat down and shaving flab from around your stomach. After you lose weight and your muscles start to make an appearance, they will look strong and chiselled.
How can I lose my stomach fat?
Try curbing carbs instead of fats — One major benefit of a low-carb eating plan approach is that it involves learning better food choices. In general, a low-carb way of eating shifts your intake away from problem foods that are high in carbs and sugar and do not contain much fiber, like bread, bagels and sodas. Instead, it shifts the focus toward high-fiber or high-protein choices, like vegetables, beans and healthy meats.
Think of an eating plan, not a diet — Ultimately, you need to pick a healthy eating plan to which you can adhere. A major problem with diets is that people are too strict and eventually fail because of it. Even the word ‘diet’ has a lot of negative connotations, so reframing this can result in a changed perspective and improved results.
Stay Active — Physical activity helps burn abdominal fat. Because it reduces circulating levels of insulin, exercise seems to work off belly fat in particular. Exercise also causes the liver to use up fatty acids, especially those nearby visceral fat deposits.
Lift weights — When you add moderate strength training to aerobic exercise, this helps build lean muscle mass, which in turn causes you to burn more calories throughout the entire day, both during exercise and at rest.
Read the food labels — Compare and contrast brands. Some foods claim that they are low in fat, but they contain excess amounts of carbs and added sugars. It is important to read the labels to be certain of what you are putting in your body.
Stay away from processed foods — The ingredients in packaged goods and snack foods are often heavy in things that make it difficult to lose weight, such as trans fats, added sugar and added salt or sodium.
Focus less on what the scale says and more on how your clothes fit — As you burn fat and add muscle mass, the bathroom scale may not seem to change much. However, your clothes will have a looser fit. This is a much better mark of progress.
Hang out with like-minded people — Studies have shown that when you surround yourself with people who have the same goals as you do, you are far more likely to success.
If you or someone you know is looking to trim off extra belly fat, come to Metabolic Medical Centers today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in helping people lose belly fat and can help you reach your goals. For more information on how we can help you lose belly fat, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with one of our weight loss specialists, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.