Having a flat, lean and sexy stomach is one of the more common goals for anyone trying to lose a few pounds. If you’re struggling to make progress, it may be as simple making a few diet and behavior changes to start losing belly fat.
Eating Zero Fat Calories
One of the more ironic obstacles to shedding belly fat is the lack of fat in your diet. It seems like a very logical assumption to reduce your fat intake when you want to lose body fat, but it doesn’t work that way.
Much like retaining water, your body will have an inverse reaction to restricting certain nutrients it needs to function normally. When you restrict, or under consume water, your body retains more water. Studies are showing fat has a similar relationship.
When you’re too restrictive with fat calories, you’re body is less likely to let go of what it has stored.
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Eating The Wrong Kind Of Fat
You need to keep fat calories in your diet when you want to lose a few inches on your abdomen, but it’s also important to choose the right kind of fat calories.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids are good. These are found in foods like avocados, nuts, and olive oil.
Drinking alcohol in itself isn’t what causes excessive belly fat, and there’s evidence that daily alcohol consumption offers some health benefits. The problem is the behavior often associated with drinking.
You’re more likely to snack, and reach for foods that contributes to excessive fat while consuming alcohol. There’s also no nutritional value to the extra calories in a can of beer.
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Not Enough Vitamin C
Vitamin C deficiency is often attributed to a lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet. This has a cascading effect when it comes to fat and weight loss. First, you’re not eating enough food high in fiber, like vegetables, with every meal.
Second, and arguably more important, Vitamin C plays a large role in reducing cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that helps regulate blood sugar, and the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
Your Workouts Lack Intensity
Many dieters who don’t particularly enjoy exercising, struggle with “going through the motions” syndrome. You’re in your gym clothes, at the gym, and physically on the treadmill.
But you don’t challenge yourself. You stay within a comfort zone for the duration of your workout.
While this isn’t bad, it’s just not the most efficient way to burn body fat. When you exercise at a high intensity, and really push yourself to break a sweat, you burn calories at a faster rate and influence hormones associated with fat management like insulin, triglycerides and cortisol.
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