For many women, losing the toxic belly fat is the last weight-loss frontier. After months of restricted diet plans, dropping pounds, and slimming your arms, legs, face and butt, your stomach remains pretty much unfazed.
Dr. Nidhi Gupta, Metabolic Consultant, Smart Metabolic Anti Aging Centre, shared with us that while everything from genetics to age can cause fat to cling to your belly, the biggest culprit is evolution and female hormones. The body preferentially sends fat to the waist so that the stored energy is near the vital organs in case they need it in case of emergency. Lifestyle and environmental factors that lead to the rise of belly fat are sedentary jobs, emotional, binge eating, excessive consumption of sugar, processed foods, stress, lack of sleep, mineral deficiencies and the imbalance of bodily hormones like insulin, cortisol, progesterone etc.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) states that carrying extra body fat increases your propensity to contract Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Metabolic syndromes, Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Osteoarthritis, and others.
Diet Plays A Key Role
The good news is, there are definitely some foolproof practices that one can inculcate in daily life to lose those love handles and flatten your abdomen. The most important of these is the right kind of diet. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, clean meats, fish, legumes, high fiber foods can go a long way in achieving the belly of your dreams. Be mindful of what you eat and when you eat it by practicing intermittent fasting.
Sugary Foods Should Be Avoided
High sugar drinks and foods should be avoided at all costs. Look to control your intake of grains such as wheat & rice and boost your intake of metabolism increasing foods like pepper, chilies, berries, and iodine. Of course, your belly busting diet will have to be accompanied by high-intensity interval training and a right sleep regime that would help in the production of naturally occurring hormones in your body.
Belly fat increases as women grow old. The imbalance of female hormones has a lot to do with this. Once you have passed the age of 30, women lose the vital hormone ‘progestoeron’ at the rate of 1% per year. A good hormonal balance will have a straight effect on everything – from body fat, belly size to sleep and stress levels and overall wellbeing.
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