There was once a time in Nigeria where having a pot belly was once seen as a sign of prosperity, or least a sign that you were living a good life. However, it is now becoming an issue for people, as the trend in urban centres show that the pot belly is no longer in.
Even more importantly is that having a pot belly can be dangerous for your health too. The visceral fat or the fat around your abdomen can lead to diabetes, heart diseases, stroke as well as dementia.
There are a number of ways you can get rid of that pot belly, with controlling your food portions and exercising being the most recommended method. However, choosing the right foods to complement your efforts is really essential. The right foods can help detox your liver and boost your metabolism so that your body can target belly fat. But before you hit the gym and run off to the supermarket, here are some really effective remedies you can try at home to lose belly fat.
Lemon water helps to detoxify your liver and increases the production of enzymes by the liver which metabolize and burn fat. A simple glass of room temperature water with the juice from a lemon squeezed into it is all you need. For the best effect, do this in the morning, just after you get up and 30 minutes before you have a meal.
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (icosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and linolenic acid) which help in breaking down fat while reducing fat storage around your waistline. You can purchase fish oil capsules at any reliable pharmacy or online.
It is well known that ginger is a natural digestive aid but it is also a thermogenic agent. Thermogenic agents increase body temperature thus helping burn fat more effectively. A pot belly may be due to one of the various reasons like overeating, lack of exercise or stress. Ginger can aids in solving each of these issues. Ginger also suppresses the production of cortisol, which is a steroid hormone essential for energy regulation and mobilization. Rather eating raw ginger, it is now possible to have it as a tea. Two cups of ginger tea every day should be effective in helping get rid of that belly fat.
Garlic is good for your cardiovascular system as it reduces both systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as blood levels of triglycerides apart from increasing good cholesterol. Garlic is also very useful when it comes to fighting fat in our bodies as garlic suppresses the process of making fat. For best effects, eat like 3 cloves of garlic a day or you could simply go with the tablets if that is not your thing.
Protein makes your body burn fat when you eat it, more especially animal proteins. Thus, lean meats (meat with little or no fat) are the best calorie burning food. When you eat lean meat, you burn about 30 percent of the calories it contains within it just by digesting the food. It’s wise to include some protein in each of your meal. This can be lean chicken, beef, or pork, especially in dinner so that you burn most of the consumed calories through digestion at a time when your body’s metabolism is slower. Just don’t fry your lean meat as you would defeat the purpose.
Research shows that having 4 cups of green tea daily helped people lose more than three kilograms within a period of eight weeks. Green tea contains chemicals which have natural antioxidant with many therapeutic applications. They also help in boosting your metabolism.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which boosts your body’s heat production and thus uses more energy or calorie. Studies have shown that when peppers are consumed daily, it reduces abdominal fat and improves fat oxidation. So spice up your foods with hot peppers to lose belly fat. For the brave, you can have peppers raw, cooked, dried, or in powdered form. Otherwise simply have it as freshly made pepper soup. The good thing about peppers is that you can add it to practically anything you eat such as soups, eggs, sauces, stew and meats.
The oil extracted from coconut has a unique combination of fatty acids which a positive effect on your metabolism. Coconut oil is high on medium chain triglycerides which are metabolized differently from long chain fatty acids. These fatty acids directly go to the liver from your digestive tract, where they are used in one of the two ways- either as energy or are converted into ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are used by cells in the body for energy production instead of glucose. This makes coconut oil an ideal replacement when going on a low carb diet.
Coconut oil is also a thermogenic and burns fat. Many studies have shown that medium chain fatty acids when compared to the similar amount of calories from other fats, can improve feeling of fullness. Thus you automatically reduce calorie intake.
But bear in mind, that coconut oil show be used in moderation, as excess use can actually make you put on weight. No more than 2 tablespoon a day has been shown to be most effective.
It is important to get adequate sleep as a lack of sleep is one of the prominent causes for belly fat accumulation. When you don’t sleep, you crave for sugar and fatty foods. It also increases your cortisol hormone which makes you insensitive to insulin. As a result, you lose your body’s bio-rhythm and pile on the weight. It is recommended that you get about 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Reduce or stop alcohol consumption
Alcohol is full of calories but when you consume alcohol you don’t feel full. Saving all your drinking for the weekend (binge drinking) in particular deposits fat around your waistline. It’s better not to have alcohol but if you can’t do that at least avoid binge drinking and also reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol intake.
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