Everyone who’s been battling with weight loss knows that losing excess weight in any part of the body is just amazing, but cutting the abdominal fat is much more – it always arouses a feeling of self-confidence and content.
But, this is not always that simple. There are however some simple lifestyle habits that can help you burn belly fat faster than you can expect.
Belly fat often seems hard to break and there’s a good reason for this. On one hand it acts as a buffer to our internal organs and as a thermal layer to our body. But, on the other hand, excess fat can cause some serious health issues. For one thing, belly fat contains visceral fat, which stimulates the production of stress hormones (cortisol for example) and inflammatory substances called cytokines that influence the insulin production in the body. Plus, having the excess fat literally weighs down the body, making exercise more difficult and eventually leading to a less active lifestyle.
How To Cut The Fat
- Keep It Moving
As surprising as it may sound but nothing works better than movement when it comes to burning fat. Movement includes everything from fast walking, jogging, sprinting, biking and swimming; these exercises are particularly efficient for burning visceral fat. What happens is that when you increase your heartrate, your body starts burning fat, thus cleaning the body of stored fats (including visceral fat) at a surprising rate.
- Eat More Protein
The second most important thing when addressing any health issue is proper diet. Thus, when it comes to losing excess belly fat, protein is essential in every meal. This doesn’t mean that you must go on a radical protein diet, but you should increase your daily protein intake.
What protein does is make you feel fuller, thus reducing your cravings, as well as help to control insulin, which stimulates fat storage.
- Proper Rest
According to a 2010 Wake Forest University study, getting at least 8 hours of sleep regularly is the third prerogative when losing belly fat, meaning if you are only getting five hours of sleep (or less) per night, you are stimulating the increase of visceral fat levels in your body. Having proper rest will not only help you lose fat, but will also keep you energized throughout the day.
Take up these simple habits and see your undesirable belly fat burn rapidly.