Large waist, a protruding belly, flaps of excess skin around your abdominal region, “How did I get here?” You must be thinking to yourself. Well, the answer to that question doesn’t matter much, does it? All that matters now is how to get that summer body back and make your clothes fit when you put them on.
Belly fat is a consequence of a lack of essential healthy factors like exercise and good nutrition but it could also be hereditary, and you couldn’t have had any control over that. Not having that Kadarshian-esque belly comes with a lot of criticisms from the society, and although this sort of criticism is often insulting and unwarranted, it is best to eliminate belly fat, not just to shut the society up, but to also promote good health.
Good health? How?
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Having excess abdominal fat (visceral fat) comes with a ton of health challenges, some of which include:
- Increased risk of breast cancer in women
- Susceptibility to coronary heart diseases
- Colorectal cancer
- Risk of dementia
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Increased risk of developing asthma
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
As you can see, belly fat negatively affects human health in many ways, so it is best to get rid of it to stay healthy. Although it is best to prevent belly fat from ever accumulating, it is possible that you’ve found yourself in a belly fat situation, and you don’t know what to do.
Don’t fret. Belly fat is not a death sentence, and there are ways to lose it in as short as seveb days, which is just enough time for you to get ready to hit the beach in your hot summer gear.
Contrary to popular opinion, losing belly fat shouldn’t take forever, and it definitely shouldn’t take up most of your time and money. However, remember that you have to put in a lot of effort and determination to be able to pull this off.
How To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat In 7 Days
Here are a variety of simple life changes that you can take to get rid of that stubborn belly fat
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Sounds religious, but you might want to consider fasting if you’re serious about losing that lump of fat in your belly. Fasting involves going through a period without eating or ingesting anything. Since your body will be without food or glucose for that period, it turns to the visceral fat as a source of energy by burning it off. Intermittent fasting for a whole week will help you get rid of a significant amount of belly fat, and you can continue the process until perfection.
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Simple aerobic or cardio exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, dancing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and playing table tennis will put you on the path of losing belly fat. This is because they help burn a lot of calories found in the abdominal region, thereby reducing the amount of fat stored in the area.
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It doesn’t seem like it, but water is pivotal in getting rid of belly fat. Drinking a lot of water suppresses the urge to eat or drink anything. It is a simple cheat code to prevent the intake of other substances that may increase your body calorie count. Water is also a super important element in lipolysis, the process of body fat biodegradation. So, drink as much water as you can, it will help out.
Eat More Fatty Fish
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Mackerels, Herrings, Salmon, Trout, and Anchovy are some of the fatty fish that should be a vital part of your diet if you’re aiming towards losing belly fat. Fatty fish contain significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids which help in getting rid of belly fat by suppressing hunger, speeding up body metabolism, enhancing the number of burnt calories during exercise, and help gain more body muscle. Include these fatty fish or take fish oil supplements in your daily diets to increase your chances of losing belly fat in 7 days.
Reduce Salt Intake
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Salty foods such as fries, snacks, fast food, chips, and whatnot typically contain a lot of calories, plus, we tend to eat a lot of them. Staying away from these food items directly reduces your calorie intake which is very important in losing belly fat. The trick is to burn more calories than you ingest, so ensure that you do just that. Also, consider the fact that high concentrations of dietary salt can negatively affect gut microflora actively involved in reducing belly fat.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
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You might not know this, but alcoholic beverages contain a significant amount of simple sugars and calories that will only continue to negate whatever physical or nutrition exercises you’ve been engaging in to reduce your belly fat. Staying away from consuming alcohol, beers especially for at least one week will go a long way in helping you lose belly fat.
Practice Healthy Sleeping Patterns
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Getting enough shuteye is a simple but effective approach towards losing belly fat. Healthy sleeping patterns have been proven to improve slimming down that belly fat because it reduces stress, thereby giving your body enough time to breakdown fat cells in the body. However, oversleeping may also contribute to obesity, so you need to learn how to strike a balance. Seven hours of sleep a day is advisable.
Avoid Eating Before Heading To Bed
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The logic behind this is very simple: The human body will store calories derived from eating heavy dinner just before sleeping tend as fat, instead of burning. There’s hardly any physical activity while sleeping, so there’s no way for these calories to burn and be eliminated from the body. Also, avoid eating late at night, but if you can’t help it, stay away from heavy food substances.