Excess belly fat can be attributed to many things including menopause, beer, and food consumption, but the health risks are the same, regardless of the cause. Breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are just three of the many health concerns attributed to too much belly fat. The worst part of this problem is not the visible fat but the deep fat surrounding the abdominal organs. The good news is that you can improve this problem by following some simple steps. Let's look at a few of the now.
Key to solving this problem is learning to make the right food choices. The food pyramid, the nutrition fact label, and portion size recommendations should all be as familiar as the birthdays of your children, or the stats of your favorite sports team! Eating healthy, highly nutritious foods on a regular basis is a must!
Eliminating sweets from your diet is another important step. This would especially include sweet drinks and drinks containing artificial sweeteners. Water should be your main beverage of choice. Skim milk and unsweetened tea are acceptable as well. At the same time, severely limit sweet foods. They provide nothing of value to the diet.
By far the most important step in the elimination of belly fat is the cardio workout! A minimum of thirty minutes each day should be spent on an activity that makes you sweat while huffing and puffing. Jumping rope, biking, swimming laps, playing basketball, running, and power walking all aid in the burning of major calories. Weight training and target exercises are important components also, and should be a part of the daily regime.
Medical researchers have determined that a fat belly is most likely to develop in a stressed man of any age, and an older stressed women. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that you take steps to eliminate excess stress in your life! Cortisol is a hormone that the body releases when stressed. It is believed that this hormone encourages the storage of fat around the abdominal area and belly. Learn relaxation techniques, find your inner yogi, or go fishing...but do not stress!
By following these steps, belly fat can be eliminated or greatly reduced. Patience is imperative as it takes several months for the body to show off the benefits of a new program. There are other easy steps that can be taken to deal with this condition, but these are by far the most important ones.
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