Belly fat is a common issue and most of us know how frustrating it can be. Usually, we are told that sweating it out is the only way to get rid of it. Yet, there are scientifically proven ways to eliminate belly fat with not a single exercise!
Research shows that there is a complete chaos of our bodies’ inner eat-and-sleep clocks because of “cues” we send it all day with the wrong foods. However, by tuning into your body’s natural eat and sleep schedules, you can say good-bye to that stubborn belly fat.
1. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3
Omega-3 must be consumed through food or supplements, since the body cannot produce it by itself. Fatty acids promote the breakdown of fat while reducing additional fat storage.
High blood sugar produces insulin which makes it harder to burn fat, and according to the National Institute of Health, fish oils decrease blood sugar levels. Eat halibut, walnuts, flax seeds, sardines, salmon, and brussels sprouts to get your daily intake of omega-3’s.
2. Increase Protein
Protein is the most significant macronutrient in the weight loss process. Increasing protein intake increases your metabolism as well as helping to maintain muscle mass.
A study in Denmark showed that protein, particularly animal protein, was linked to significantly reduced risk of belly fat gain over a 5 year period. When you consume protein, your body burns more calories than when you digest fats or carbs. In order to boost your total protein intake, you can take supplements like whey protein.
3. Drink Green Tea
In a recent study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute sweat session, lost 2 more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. Green tea contains compounds called catechins that “blast” adipose tissue by reviving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells, and then accelerating the liver’s fat burning capacity.
4. Eat Dark Chocolate
It is scientifically showed that moderate amount of dark chocolate can reduce overall body fat. This is due to the flavonoids it contains, which are heart-healthy compounds that have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, note that you should use dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao.
5. Sleep Well
Long periods of sleep deprivation may cause several changes in hormonal release and metabolism, particularly increased hunger and appetite. It is a big mistake to believe that we burn more calories while awake, for the reality is that the metabolic rate is down-regulated when you sleep less.