The battle of the bulge is all too real for many. The true battle may seem to start in the belly area for most. Belly fat can be a real issue, but there are ways to combat this stubborn form of fat. However, to battle this bulge you must first understand it.
Excess abdominal fat, or belly fat, particularly visceral fat is the kind that surrounds organs and puffs the stomach out into a ‘beer gut’. A beer gut can be a predictor of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and even insulin resistance. There are ways to lose this stubborn fat form, but it will take work. If you have tried to lose belly fat without success then genetics, age, and hormone levels could be partially at fault. However there are other reasons. Something as simple as doing the wrong type of workout can leave belly fat in place. Eating overly processed foods can also be to blame. Refined grains can cause excess fat to develop. You could also be eating the wrong fats. Some fats are good and necessary for health, but too many of the wrong, saturated, fats can lead to an increase around your middle section. Stress can also be to blame for belly bulge. Stress can also make it harder to lose the extra few pounds you are carrying.
Now that some of the causes are clear, let’s discuss how to get rid of that stubborn flesh. One main way is to avoid sugar and sugary drinks. Soda is a big cause of belly fat. Skipping such beverages or using them as special treat can help keep belly fat under control. Cutting carbs can also help to limit growth in the belly area. Eating foods rich in fiber will help cleanse the body overall and reduce belly fat. In addition, eating lean protein is a good long term strategy for the reduction of belly fat.
Exercise is also an important method to reducing belly fat. Aerobic exercise is best for belly fat. Though cardio is good for overall health, it will not help with this area. Belly fat is stubborn, but for health and vanity reasons, it is worth fighting.