Belly fat may seem impossible to get rid of. If you are constantly exercising and going on crash diets trying to lose yours, that may be your problem. You may have great intentions, but your actions may not add up to proper fat loss. For that, you have to learn how to control your metabolism.
Eating Too Many Calories!
Calories are your body's main source of fuel. You need to take in enough calories for your body to function well each day. However, eating too many calories in a day, as you know, gives your body more fuel than it needs. So, that extra fuel is stored for later use. It is stored in the form of fat deposits, which are often located around the belly.
Not Eating Enough Calories!
The problem comes in because many people go on crash diets or try to starve their fat deposits away. However, you can't fight fat by cutting off your body's fuel supply. When that happens, your body is trained to go into a conservation mode.
You see, the metabolic rate controls how fast your body burns through calories. If the body isn't getting enough food, the last thing it wants to do is fly through its fuel (fat) reserves. Instead, it starts to slow its metabolic rate down and store even more fat because it may need that fat later on, if food is in short supply.
What that all comes down to is that starving your body will actually lead to temporary fat gain. Not only that, but it will make you tired and lethargic. That will make even the easiest tasks difficult for you.
Believe it or not, you can control your metabolism quite a bit by just changing what and when you eat. For example, most people eat a fairly large breakfast and a big meal at night but they don't eat much during the day.
That leads to periods of hunger, which can cause unhealthy snacking. It also supplies the body with too much fuel at some times and not enough at other times. The better thing to do is to eat several smaller meals each day and spread them 2 to 3 hours apart. That will stave off hunger pangs and fuel your body with the energy it needs to burn fat more efficiently.
Losing belly fat also requires you to get a proper amount of exercise on a regular basis. It's best to do strength training and cardiovascular exercises at planned times. However, just increasing your general activity level by doing more active daily tasks can help you to lose belly fat.
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