Fat surrounding the abdomen is probably one of the biggest complaints of women of all ages. While most people don’t like this excess pudge for cosmetic reasons, there are a lot of health reasons that you should be concerned about when it comes to battling the bulge. In addition to adding to your waistline, belly fat is also highly linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, so it might be time to tackle your belly fat once and for all. Follow these three tips to lose that pesky belly…
Avoid sugar. If you are following Dr. Restivo’s diet, then you should already be avoiding sugar, but here is some more proof that added sugar is beyond bad for your body. While we normally associate sugar with added calories and teeth decay, it also has harmful effects on your metabolic health. Because sugar is half fructose and half glucose, it can only be metabolized by the liver in certain amounts, which means that excess sugar causes the liver to get overloaded with fructose, causing it to be turned into fat. This fat has a natural tendency to cling to the belly and liver, which is why you may find that your waistline spills over the top of your pants. Beware of the hidden ingredient and read labels before you eat and drink because even those items labeled as “healthy” are loaded with added sugars.
Eat more protein. When it comes to losing that waistline, protein is the most important macronutrient. Not only does it boost your metabolism, but it helps reduce cravings thanks to the fact that it’s low in energy density, which means that it is low in calories but does the trick when it comes to filling you up. If your goal is to lose weight, then upping your protein intake is the most effective change you can make, particularly when it comes to belly fat. Studies have proven that the amount and quality of protein consumed by participants, was directly related to belly fat. Those who ate more protein had less belly fat than those who ate less protein. Eggs, fish and chicken are great sources and all approved menu items on Dr. Restivo’s program.
Cut carbs. Numerous studies have proven that cutting carbs causes the appetite to go down, thus leading to some major weight loss, especially in the waistline. Low-carb diets have shown that fat around the belly and organs is typically the first to dissipate.
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