Getting Rid of Belly Fat [Infographic]

Getting Rid of Belly Fat in 5 Simple Ways
Infographic from LABSclinic.co.uk
Belly fat and how to get rid of it is a major concern for many people.  Even those individuals who are at a healthy weight or are on the thinner side may still have problems with extra padding around the middle.

Because the fat in the belly is considered to be much more dangerous than fat in other parts of the body, a lot of attention has and continues to be given to reducing belly fat.

There are various diets, detoxes, supplements, exercise equipment and other plans, products and methods specifically targeting belly fat.  Some work, some don't.  Some work only in the short term, but not in the long run.

Getting rid of belly fat and keeping it off may be as "simple" as changing the following lifestyle habits, as this infographic illustrates and briefly explains:

1.  Eat Regularly and Frequently 

Eating many small meals (five to six) throughout the day has been shown to increase metabolism.

2.  Avoid Sugary Foods and Beverages

Excess sugar and other refined carbohydrates cause the body to produce more insulin, ultimately causing the body to convert the excess carbs to fat and store them in the adipose (fatty tissue). Spikes and swings in insulin production and blood sugar levels drive feelings of hunger and cravings, causing people to eat more.

3.  Minimize Stress

Chronic stress has been shown to cause the body to release cortisol, a hormone that contributes to the accumulation of fat in the body, particularly around the belly.  Exercise, meditation and deep breathing are excellent, proven methods of reducing and managing stress.

4.  Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise helps to burn calories (cardio), build lean muscles mass to increase the metabolic rate (strength or weight training), relieves stress and provides a host of other health benefits.

5.  Get Enough Sleep

Restorative and adequate sleep is essential for general, good health.  It is also thought to play a big role in weight gain or weight loss.  Sleep deprivation causes the body to produce more ghrelin and less leptin - two hormones that regulate feelings of hunger and satiety, respectively.  More ghrelin together with less leptin equals weight gain and/or impaired weight loss.

Related:
How to Lose Belly Fat
The Real Causes of Your Belly Fat
How to Lose Your Weight (and Belly Fat) Without Dieting
Good Carbs, Bad Carbs and the Ugly Truth About Your Diet
Stress Relief Activities



Infographic source:  LABS Clinic

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