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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Belly Fat - How To Prevent Belly Fat

How To Prevent Belly Fat
  Belly fat, (abdominal fat) commonly referred to as “beer belly” has been of great concern. It is found to occur in almost all classes of people, men, women, teenagers, even children. This has been established by medical professionals as it poses great health risk, hence the need to look into the causes and the remedies will be of a great benefit.

WHAT IS ABDOMINAL FAT?

  Abdominal fat, clinically known as central obesity, can be referred to as excessive fat  stored around the stomach and abdomen. It has been linked to various diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

 THE THREE MAJOR TYPES OF FAT

1.Subcutaneous Fat- fat stored and found underneath the outer skin.
2.Visceral fat-  also known as organ fat or intra-abdominal fat is located inside the peritoneal cavity, packed in between internal organs. This is the type referred to as  belly fat
3.Intramuscular fat-This is found interspersed in skeletal muscles.

FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR BELLY FAT

1.Unhealthy Diet:  
This is when someone indulges in an unhealthy diet and is inactive or without an exercise routine, it means that the body takes in more calories than it burns stores the excess calories as fat, thus increasing the total body mass.

2Lack of Adequate Sleep.
 Lack of sleep is not commonly thought of as a factor but it is. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite.

3. Pregnancy.
  In women, pregnancy can also be a catalyst to acquiring belly fat persistently.

4.Medications.
 Certain medications that a person takes can have side effects of weight gain. These medications include some antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, and steroids.

5.Medical Issues.
 Belly fat and obesity can sometimes be traced to medical causes, such as Cushing’s syndrome and other diseases and conditions. Some medical problems, such as arthritis, can lead to significant decrease in physical activity, which usually results in weight gain.

6.Alcohol.
  Drinking excess alcohol can cause one to gain belly fat ,the “beer belly”. The less you drink the fewer calories you’ll consume and the less likely you are to gain belly fat.

HOW TO PREVENT BELLY FAT

1.Physical activity:
 You can reduce abdominal fat with targeted abdominal exercises. You however need to combine physical exercise and a few healthy habits to achieve quick and lasting result.

2.Healthy diet.
  Emphasize on plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and choose lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products. Limit sugar and alcohol in-take.  Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3, like salmon, avocados & walnuts.

3.Healthy Foods Choice:
  Even when you are making healthy choices, calories add up. At home, slim down your portion sizes. In restaurants, share meals — or eat half your meal and take the rest home for another day.


4.Sleep Well:
  Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels; this in turn leads to insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.

5.Vitamin C:
  Vitamin C is essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend.


If you are really out for Losing weight, make it a routine to exercise daily, and make it a habit.

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