It is common knowledge these days that an excess of fat around the middle – or belly fat as it is often referred to – can lead to an increased risk of certain health problems. Perhaps less so is the fact that everyone is able to personally do something about this common complaint to some degree.
None of us are identical – as such different body types respond differently to differing approaches; however there are a number of basic principals that form a common theme in the fight against fat. Contrary to what some sites will tell you – there is no ‘magic pill’ or wand that can be waved to solve the problem. The most effective approach combines a healthy dose of self-discipline, exercise and a focus on natural remedies/foods to aid the process.
Start with setting a routine – set aside time for regular exercise. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean hours down at the local gym – take a walk after dinner each evening or take a gentle jog for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Regular exercise will in turn help create a positive mindset towards achieving your goal(s) and bring results – fast.
What changes can you make to your diet? Foods that support the adrenal glands are arguably the most effective dietary approach. Fat around the middle is proven to have a strong link with high levels of cortisol in the blood. Cortisol is one of the body’s ‘stress’ hormones, and can be controlled through supporting the adrenal glands. Such foods include:
– Root vegetables
Try these dieting tips and incorporate more ‘live’ foods & fruit into your daily diet – look for basic colours: green (lettuce, cucumber, broccoli), red (tomatoes, beetroot), yellow (peppers, bananas). ‘Live’ foods contain enzymes, which assist in the digestion & absorption of the food we eat. They also aid in reducing toxicity levels in the body and improve skin tone, texture and make you look radiant.
So – why the need to lose fat in the first place? Well, apart from the obvious benefits of increased energy & confidence, you may also find yourself fitting into clothes you couldn’t before. How many of us have items in our wardrobe we’d love to wear again? Perhaps more importantly, there are numerous long-term health benefits to keeping fat to a minimum. Excess belly fat around the middle is directly linked to a number of common health issues – heart attacks, diabetes and even cancer – all of which are prevalent in modern times. We live in a society of fast-food and convenience foods, at the expense of our health & wellbeing. Figures produced by the World Health Organisation indicate there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults on the planet by 2015 – more than 700 million of them will be obese.