If you are facing problems in burning your belly fat, don’t worry. Nothing’s wrong with you nor you are cursed genetically. You won’t have to perform specific exercises or let go of your carbohydrates. Or, wonder about the eating the right food– that’s not it. Read on to learn 13 fascinating facts about belly fat you didn’t know:
1. It’s true, belly fat is more dangerous than other fat on the body
Because the fat surrounding your organs increases* your risk for heart disease. Check this out, ladies especially – National Institutes of Health Research found that women with a midsection which measured more than 28 inches were more likely to die from heart disease than their slimmer counterparts.
2. Truth be told – Special Diets don’t Reduce* Belly Fat
You’ve heard the advertisements on late night TV for the ‘Special Diet’ that will help you lose* weight, specifically, in your midsection. It’s just not true. Unfortunately, one cannot choose where on one’s body one will lose* weight or get smaller for that matter. Many dieters do in fact store a large amount of excess fat in the abdominal area and therefore it is the first place a change is noticed, but just remember your exercises (specifically) relating to the problem areas of your focus.
3. Here’s the one that got me: Sit-ups
Sit-ups have nothing to do with belly fat reduction*
Unfortunately, this is a cold hard truth that we must come to terms with. Not to say that you shouldn’t continue with sit-ups and other exercises for the cardio and muscle strengthening is still a positive effect of this type of exercise. Just be mindful that your belly won’t flatten if you are overweight (at least not quickly).
4. Maybe you thought that those with smaller frames also carry smaller stomachs
And therefore it is more difficult for those people to get fat. The truth is that the size of the stomach and weight has nothing to do with each other. It is stated that even people having had stomach reducing* surgeries can still gain weight.
5. It’s actually false to think that eating before bed can make you gain weight faster than eating the same foods during the day.
So the deal is, we gain weight when we take in more calories than we burn. The thought process behind this original theory is that foods eaten during an active day will burn quicker and more efficiently than foods consumed right before bed, however, according to the research – weight gain is not based on a 24 hour time clock.
You might be reminded that researchers still don’t suggest late night snacks for disruptions in the body’s circadian clock and hormone alterations that control appetite are at risk, potentially causing weight gain.
6. Losing just a little bit of weight can help to reduce* acid reflux symptoms
Consider a pregnant woman (who has no choice but to remain larger than normal for a period of time, remember). Nonetheless, she suffers from acid reflux or other heartburn issues up until the child is born, when the pressure is relieved. In the same way, losing even a little bit of belly fat can provide relief from your symptoms.
7. Be aware of your Diet
Yep, we’re going there. It should be pretty obvious that we would, after all, this is a health and fitness site and we’re talking about belly fat. So, with that in mind, the type of food you eat affects belly fat.
You may also read: How Almonds can Reduce* Belly Fat?
8. Here’s something you didn’t realize
Belly fat has the potential to increase* while you’re sitting. That’s right, belly fat prefers when you sit. This may be difficult for those of you with a desk/clerical/office job. Just be mindful to get up and move around every thirty minutes or so. This will help you combat the belly fat that’s there or the belly fat you don’t want!
9. Drinking Green Tea
Green Tea may have a positive effect on belly fat and weight loss* in general. According to some studies, those who exercise and drink green tea all day lose* more belly fat than those that do not drink green tea (but do exercise). Researchers are not completely sure why Green Tea seems to help some lose* weight but attribute catechins, a compound in green tea which may boost* your calorie and fat burning mechanisms.
10. Switching Off Your TV
Really wanna lose* the weight (in the belly region)?…
Turn off your TV!
Research shows that people who cut their TV time in half took in 100 fewer calories per day.
11. Stress is a big player in Belly Fat …
Unless you’re working out every single day and eating a healthy, regimented diet, you’re likely struggling with a bigger waistline if you’re stressed. This is because the hormone cortisol climbs to higher than normal levels when you’re stressed, causing you to crave high-calorie snacks that get stored in your belly!
12. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – and enough water too!
Not only should you be sleeping enough, you should be sleeping at the right hours too. If you’re staying up late, you’re probably playing around online or watching TV and generally wasting time which can lead to an overall unhealthy lifestyle.
As for the water, you know the routine… this keeps your system flushed and provides plenty of hydration to your working body while you’re trying to lose* that belly.
13. You don’t have to focus on High-Intensity Workouts to Burn Belly Fat – Walking is really the key
Sure, it can’t hurt to pump a vigorous exercise program into your weekly routine, but it’s really not necessary if all you’re trying to do is loose* the belly fat. Researchers have concluded time and again that walking 30 minutes per day (two and half hours per week) will reduce* belly fat by up to one inch in a month.