Every person that has ever tried to lose belly fat knows how difficult it can be to achieve – not impossible, but it is difficult. It requires a lot of dedication, hard work, healthy eating and exercising. However, as many experts now say – the problem goes beyond just a few pounds of excess weight – did you know that 54 percent of all adults in the United States have central obesity? Central obesity is a fairly new term that means something commonly called “belly fat”. This number has grown 10 percent in less than 10 years.
Furthermore, visceral fat (or belly fat) is the most dangerous type of all fats. The problem is that this fat wraps around the organs in our bodies and increase risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
In order to lose visceral or belly fat, there are some healthy habits that you can implement today:
Stop drinking diet soda
Researches have proven that diet sodas have large amount of artificial sweeteners and while they say that they have 0 calories, they have lots of sugars. This research has shown that people who drink 2 or 3 diet sodas every day are more likely to have bigger waist than people who don’t drink diet sodas.
Eat three meals a day
For a long time it was believed that if you want to lose visceral fat, you need to eat around six times a day – because it was strongly believed that if you eat every two-three hours you keep your metabolism working all the time and because of that you burn more calories. However, recent researches have not been able to prove these claims and actually it turned out that people who have eaten three regular meals every day have lots more belly fat than those who have eaten 6 smaller meals.
Do regular cardio
HIIT trainings (high intensity interval trainings) are very popular at the moment – you can read about it in every fitness magazine and hear about it in every fitness TV program. There is only one problem – HIIT is believed to be exceptionally good when it comes to burning visceral fat, however, newest research has shown that people who have done HIIT trainings have gained 3 percent of belly fat, while those who have done regular 45-min sessions of cardio have lost 3 percent visceral fat more than doing regular exercises.
Drink green tea instead of coffee
Every nutritionist and fitness expert is going to say that weight loss and green tea make a great pair. Drinking green tea (especially in the morning) is linked to increased loss of belly fat, on the other hand, drinking more coffee throughout the whole day has been linked to storing visceral fat. Green tea has some compounds that are called catechins, which are great when it comes to blasting adipose tissue (because they boost metabolism) and by doing this, they increase the overall amount of released fat from fat cells (especially visceral fat from the abdomen).