How to Beat Belly Fat [Infographic]

How to Beat Belly Fat - Infographic from Popsugar.com
As we all know, the overweight and obesity rates in the United States are sky-rocketing.

While being generally overweight or obese is deemed unhealthy, putting the individual at risk for a myriad of chronic diseases and lowering the quality of life, belly fat is considered particularly dangerous because it is within close proximity to the heart, liver, kidneys and other vital organs.  Toxic belly fat tissue feeds these organs toxins and interferes with their normal daily function.  Additionally, it induces the body to produce hormones that affect metabolism.

Numerous studies have found a high correlation between visceral abdominal fat and increase in the risk for life-threatening diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

This infographic entitled Beat Belly Fat from Popsugar illustrates and explains some of the strategies that can be used to lose belly fat.  These strategies include:

 Interval training

✿ Strengthening the core

✿ Getting in a minimum amount of 150 minutes of moderate intense physical activity every week

✿ Eating certain fruits and berries (papaya, pineapple, blueberries)

✿ Getting healthy fats (MUFAs) from whole foods (avocados, nuts) and olive oil (moderate amounts)

✿ Eating foods that are high in insoluble fiber (whole grains, almonds, carrots)

Other strategies include:

 Getting enough quality sleep

✿ Managing stress

Staying hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of pure, clean water

Infographic source and for more information on beauty, fitness and food, visit Popsugar - How to Beat Belly Fat.

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Healthy Hydration: 21 Ways to Eat Your Water [Infographic]

Healthy Hydration:  21 Ways to Eat Your Water
Infographic from Skinnyms®.com
It is thought that chronic dehydration is linked to a wide range of illnesses and medical conditions including fatigue, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, high cholesterol, digestive disorders, bladder and kidney problems, constipation, joint pain or stiffness, and premature aging.  There is also a good amount of evidence that supports how dehydration contributes to excessive weight gain and obesity and interferes with weight loss, including that stubborn toxic belly fat.  Read more here:

Why Dehydration Makes You Fat and Sick

Most health and fitness experts advise to drink a certain minimum amount of pure, clean water.  The amount of water a person needs every day varies and depends on many factors including his or her weight, activity level and the climate in which he or she lives.  

Daily Water Chart Based on Weight 

A great way to get water into the body is by eating food that has a high water content.  Many fruits and vegetables contain a very high percentage of water as this infographic entitled 21 Ways to Eat Your Water from Skinnyms® illustrates.

Getting water from organic fruits and vegetables has the added benefit of supplying the body with an abundance of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber and phytonutrients (phytochemicals).

Some of the fruits and vegetables that have the highest water content include:

❤ Apricot
❤ Cabbage
❤ Cantaloupe
❤ Cauliflower
❤ Cranberries
❤ Cucumber
❤ Celery
❤ Grapefruit
❤ Iceberg Lettuce
❤ Orange
❤ Peach
❤ Pineapple
❤ Spinach
❤ Sweet Pepper
❤ Radish
❤ Raspberries
❤ Tomato
❤ Watermelon
❤ Zucchini

Infographic source and for more information on fitness, weight loss, meal planning and recipes, visit Skinnyms® - 21 Ways to Eat Your Water.

Recommended Reading:

The book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!, by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj in which he explains why and how persistent dehydration leads to various chronic diseases, illnesses and ailments (including overweight and obesity) and cites 46 vital reasons why our bodies need adequate amounts of water every day.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Body (and Belly Fat!)

25 Vegan Foods for Weight Loss [Article from Stylecraze]

Top 25 Vegan Foods that Help in Weight Loss from Stylecraze
Many individuals who begin eating a whole-food plant-based (or vegan) diet report a range of benefits including overall improved health, more energy and weight loss.

A whole-food vegan diet is free of dairy, eggs and meat. All food eaten is derived from plants and, preferably, is eaten raw or prepared in a way that does not denature and strip it of its vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Eating a wide range of plant foods, including nuts and seeds, is recommended.  Many whole plant foods are not just rich in health promoting nutrients, they are also high in dietary fiber and low in calories - two factors that play a key role in weight loss, including belly fat loss.

An article entitled "25 Vegan Foods That Help In Weight Loss" found on Stylecraze lists the top plant-based foods that help fight fat and promote healthy and sustainable weight loss.  For a list of all twenty-five foods, including a description of each and summary of the food's role in losing fat and weight, please visit:

Stylecraze - Top 25 Vegan Foods That Help in Weight Loss

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