Belly fat seems to be top of mind for many people these days and with good reason. Excess fat around the belly can be particularly hazardous to your health making you at higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Many people turn to exercise to try to bring the belly down only to be frustrated when there are little results. Exercise focused on abdominal muscles does little to burn fat in that area. That’s because fat deposits are governed by several factors including hormones and type of fat on the belly. Here are three ways to work on getting rid of belly fat. .
1. Cortisol hormone control
One hormone responsible for belly fat increase is cortisol which is commonly known as the stress hormone. Cortisol is also a factor in other body issues such as causing bones to stop growing or affecting calcium levels in the body. Plus, when cortisol is off balance it can lead to an increase in appetite and fat production which mobilizes around the belly.
Cardiovascular exercises help burn up this stress hormone. These activities can also bring some balance to your body, help with weight loss and improves your overall health.
2. Sleep and your big belly
New studies are appearing which show that belly fat is different from other types of fat in the body. It can actually be a problem when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep and not sleeping can result in increasing belly fat.
That’s because a lack of sleep can also affect those hormones again. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night shouldn’t be optional but an essential move for your good health and smaller belly.
3. The fiber factor and your belly
Another food to help the fight of belly fat is fiber. Without the fiber provided by healthy salads and other vegetables and fruits, the digestive track can get compromised resulting in constipation, bloating, and a bloated belly.
One way fiber fights belly fat is by going after visceral fat that clings to the abdominal area and is difficult to lose. Studies have shown that for every 10 grams of fiber you eat, the amount of visceral fat is lowered by 3.7% over people who don't have as much fiber. So add fiber rich foods in each meal starting with breakfast. Eat oatmeal or another fiber-rich cereal, add salads to your meals, and find other foods such as oat bran, nuts, flaxseeds, cabbage, dark leafy vegetables, lentils, and more to add to meals throughout the day.