to lose belly fat?
It is a question that claws the mind of the
physically conscious and health conscious alike. A survey
Magazine asking respondents "What’s your
least-favorite body part?" had two-thirds of respondents say
it is their stomach. Don't we all hate that soft, protruding
and jiggly midsection?
belly fat is not only unsightly; it is also a major health risk. Infact
your waist size has been show to correlate with the potential risk of
lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The bigger your
waist size the larger the risk. No wonder we are all trying to shake
off that stomach fat by hook or by crook. But there is one problem. It is hard to lose belly fat.
Lose Belly Fat Pictures:
Generally speaking we tend to develop a fat belly as we age,
particularly as you hit your mid thirties.
women that give birth
earlier, chances are that you might lose the baby fat but some will
stay put as belly fat.
These trends can then shed some light on why and
how we develop excess belly fat and why it is so hard to lose.
Belly fat will tend to occur primarily because of three things. First
is a slowed metabolism. If your calorie intake stays the same but your
energy needs reduce, you will tend to have excess body fat. And though
this fat is stored all over the body it tends to collect much more
easily around the midsection.
This has to do with the fact that fat around the midsection tends to be
more easily available for use by the body.
A second reason that drives excess belly fat is hormonal changes. This
is particularly evident in mothers that have just given birth. It also
occurs in men who are under long periods of stress. It is the reason
fairly lean men have a lower stomach that pops out (pot belly).
The third reason is similar to the first; and that is excess calories.
However unlike the first case, the individual will just be consuming
more calories than they need for one reason or another. This is the
primary reason young adults and teenagers have belly fat.
So to lose belly fat, we need to counter the causes in an effective and
But before we can look at these strategies, we need to be aware that
there are primarily two kinds of belly fat. There is visceral fat and
there is subcutaneous fat.
Subcutaneous belly fat is the fat that you can pinch. It is just below
your skin. This is the fat that jiggles when you are walking. It is
considered to be a less dangerous kind of excess body fat.
Visceral fat on the other hand is deep inside your abdominal cavity. It
is behind the abdominal muscles. One of its structural functions is to
provide cushioning for your internal organs like liver and kidneys.
But due to its proximity to these organs, excess visceral fat is
considered to be extremely unhealthy. As an endocrine gland as well as
a tissue, visceral fat can get inflamed leading to the
“poisoning” of these organs causing a myriad of
Unfortunately the only way to empirically determine the amounts of
subcutaneous belly fat to visceral fat is by CT scan. But there are
less accurate means.
For example; if you find that you have a firm but protruding belly,
then you have a huge amount of visceral fat. The belly is protruding
because the fat inside your abdominal cavity is pushing your abdominal
muscles outward. And since muscles tissue tends to be firm, you exhibit
a firm and tight pot belly.
On the inverse, if you have a large belly that tends to hang over your
pants, then you have more of subcutaneous belly fat. Since the fat is
just under the skin, it tends to stretch the skin by its sheer weight.
And if you have both a protruding and hanging belly fat then you are
most likely in the overweight and obese category.
So how do we shed this fat?
to lose belly fat
two types of belly fat have been shown to respond differently to
different weight loss strategies. But here is the good news, most of
the time when you start losing weigh you tend to lose visceral fat more
than the subcutaneous fat.
This is the reason why studies show that even a little lose of weight
(e.g. 5% of excess body fat) by obese and overweight individuals leads
to great improvements in health indicators. This is simply because the
body can easily access visceral fat and use it for energy than the fat
under your skin.
But there is also bad news…
As you lose more and more belly fat, you waist will shrink drastically
and you will be able to fit in smaller pants in weeks. But you get to a
stage where you can not lose any more belly fat. It just seems to be
stuck right there on your lower abdomen.
Here is why…
To completely lose a fat belly and get a flat stomach or six pack abs
for that matter requires you shed most of your excess body fat. And
since your body is losing fat from all over your body, belly fat tends
to be amongst the last fat to go.
Unfortunately, the common advice to losing belly fat tends to revolve
around diet and exercises. Specifically that you need to control the
calories you eat and increase you calories expenditure. But nearly
always this advice will rarely get you results you can keep if at all.
To lose belly fat you need a strategy that will to lose lots of fat
fast. And even more importantly you need to able to keep that belly fat
off for good. This in-turn means that if you want to lose belly fat,
you need a strategy that loses you body fat by the pounds every week.
Such a strategy will require two things, just two things. These two are…
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change as new information on weight loss becomes
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educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program