Are you dreaming of a flat belly for a long time? If you have tried so many diet tips and exercise tricks, but nothing works, you may be doing something wrong.
Check out some errors you might be committing to acquire that tight waist and flat abs you’ve always wanted:
Reason# 1: You’re on a low-fat diet.
Not all fats are created equal. If you think that you should avoid fat sources, while on diet, you’re committing a big mistake! New evidence claimed that to lose belly fat, you should consume fat, particularly the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). A research showed that women on a 1,600-calorie, high-MUFA diet, had shed a third of their belly fat in one month. “MUFAs are satiating, so they help you eat fewer poor-quality foods,” David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center said.
Reason# 2: You are lacking in magnesium.
We need magnesium to keep out heart rhythm normal and regulate our blood sugar levels. More than those functions, magnesium is important in body shaping and weight loss. So, if you want to lose weight, eat magnesium-rich foods, such as nuts and leafy, green vegetables.
Reason# 3: You’re depressed for a while.
Women who are depressed are more likely to have belly fats, a study from the Rush University Medical Center had found. They claimed that depression is associated with poor eating habits and less physical activity. People who are depressed are recommended to exercise because it can produce brain chemicals that regulate fat metabolism and improved motivation.
Reason# 4: You’re eating the wrong food.
Sugars coming from sweetened drinks and simple carbohydrates, such as chips and chocolates can cause your blood sugar to surge up. When this happens, insulin becomes flooded. This hormone suggests liver to deposit more fat into the belly. Instead of eating junk foods and fast foods, prioritize healthy foods that fight hunger and cravings.
Reason# 5: You’re getting older.
Ouch! Yes, your age has something to do with the ability of your body to burn fat. As men and women age, they don’t really need more calories to maintain the body functions. In short, their metabolism slows down with age. Moreover, women have to deal with menopause. At this stage, they usually gain weight and store fat on their bellies.
Reason# 6: You’re a fan of diet soda.
A new research on obesity found that diet soda drinkers have more stored belly fat. The researchers believe that these soda drinkers thought that they consume lesser calories through the diet soda, when in fact, they consume more calories from foods.
Reason# 7: Girls do get beer belly too.
Men are not the only one who can get a beer belly. A Danish research found that beer is associated with abdominal obesity. However, beer is not the only culprit because aside from it, any type of alcohol can add a few more pounds to your weight. Make sure to exercise and eat low-calorie foods to maintain weight, even you’re drinking a few bottles a week. Archives of Internal medicine Study showed that light to moderate alcohol drinkers have lesser belly fat when compared to heavy drinkers.
Reason# 8: Your meals are boring.
A recent study from the The Journal of Nutrition showed that people who consumed more colorful foods, such as red, yellow and orange have smaller waistline. Always incorporate colorful fruits and vegetables to lean meat for a smaller waist.
Danielle Paisley is an English health, nutrition and fitness blogger and speaker. She was obese previously, but discovered the importance of keeping her body and weight healthy. Today, she shares everything she knows to inspire other people to also achieve what she has done. Visit her website at: rehabcenters.com