Avoiding sugary foods is definitely one of the things you can do to lose stomach fat. If you’re full of foods with a high glycemic index (GI) it’s going to be real hard to lose belly fat. Why? The reason is these foods work against you. They cause your blood sugar level to rise and insulin to be released. Insulin sees the excess sugar you digested and moves it to your cells. And then guess what happens — it’s stored as fat.
Now don’t be mad at insulin, it’s only doing its job. But you on the other hand — if you just avoided those high GI foods and chose low GI foods instead, you would cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to fluctuate and not as much sugar would be stored as fat.
But as enticing as it is, there are other steps you can take to lose stomach fat as well. Do them in conjunction with avoiding sugary foods and you’ll have the best way to lose stomach fat.
Reduce Overall Calories
There’s no way to target where you lose fat. It would be great if there were. But if you follow steps that will help you lose fat in general, you’ll lose stomach fat as well.
One of the things you can do is reduce your overall calories. Not eating sugary food goes a long way in doing that. A sugary treat in the morning, a cookie here, a piece of chocolate there; all of these foods have calories. And then there are soft drinks (more sugar and more calories). High fat food, sauces, alcohol…and the list goes on. These are calories that you mindlessly eat or drink daily. Cutting these things from your diet (even foods without sugar) is probably the fastest and easiest way to lose stomach fat.
You know that exercise and weight loss plans go hand in hand. But what’s so special about it and how is it going to help you lose your belly fat? Well the short answer is that it causes your metabolism to increase which means that your body will burn off calories faster. And that’s not all. Your body will still be working to burn calories even while you’re resting. As time goes on, that revved up metabolism will be one of your most valuable fat-loss tools.
You don’t need much to get rid of stomach fat. Thirty minutes of exercise, 3 or 4 times a week will do. And exercise doesn’t have to be an ordeal where you change clothes and drive to a gym. Just move. Take a walk. Throw on some trainers and go for a quick jog. Take the stairs. Play with your children. All of these activities are exercise.
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Linda is a certified dietician and life coach. After 5 years of gaining experience with the NHS community, Linda now works on a freelance basis providing nutrition and dietary advice to clients across the UK. She strives to promote positive, practical messages about food and health to treat nutrition related health problems.
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