Belly fat has a reputation for being hard to get rid of, even for those on strict weight loss diets. But there are a few simple changes people can make to their daily lives that can help.
The human body is made up of six different types of fat, but belly fat – also known as visceral fat – can be dangerous to people’s health if they have too much of it.
This can lead to long-term consequences, including increased risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and even certain cancers.
But by taking a more sustainable approach to weight loss, a person may be able to see big differences relatively quickly.
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Protein-rich foods include:
Lean meats – beef, lamb, veal, pork
Poultry – chicken, turkey, duck, goose
Fish and seafood – fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams
Dairy products – milk, yogurt, cheese.
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Don’t Track Calories
Calorie counting has long been a staple for dieters to keep track of so they don’t go over their daily limit.
But a 2017 study suggested people may be “more likely” to maintain a moderate weight if they watch the amount of food and nutrients they eat instead.
Trying a specialized app to count macros (protein, carbs, and fats) could prove “extremely helpful” as it can maintain lean muscle mass and get rid of stubborn abdominal fat.
But the researchers noted that it was “trial and error” because the method may not work for everyone due to the difference in people’s bodies and the way they work.
Drink more water
Drinking more water has been associated with weight loss for many years and has other overall health benefits for people as well.
But nutritionist Dr. Melina Jampolis suggested some people might confuse hunger with thirst.
PDK Foundation experts recommend people “listen to their bodies” before they are tempted to snack.
Instead, they advised determining whether the sensation is actually hunger or thirst – people can do this by drinking water and waiting 15 minutes.
If a person is really hungry, he will always feel “stomach pains” whereas if it was only thirst, he would feel full.