Everybody has belly fat to some degree. But too much belly fat can definitely cause you some unhealthy side effects, not to mention discomfort. And if you have too much of that deep, under the skin, visceral fat, it can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Fat moves in the body and can start storing in odd places in the body if you gain too much weight. When that happens, fat can start to deposit itself around vital organs in the body. So, if you’re feeling like your pants are too tight or you have a bulge that just doesn’t seem to want to go away, then you’re probably considering how to lose belly fat with diets.
Your diet (or what you eat) is a good place to take a look at first. There’s no quick fix when it comes to losing your belly fat or dropping pounds. Simply put you need to expend more calories than you intake. And that’s hard for most of us in this fast-food world we live in. The good news is that once you start to lose some weight, the belly fat is one of the first places you will start to lose it.
One easy thing to start with is adding more fiber to your diet. Scientific research shows that people who eat 10 grams of soluble fiber each day have less visceral fat deposits than those who don’t. So this can be as easy as adding in a half-cup of beans (pinto, black, kidney), eating two small apples a day or adding in a cup of green peas. Sounds pretty simple, right? The fiber helps fill you up without filling you out. And over the long haul, that can mean big results in losing belly fat.
Remember to think of diets as your food intake…and how you can sustain a healthy relationship with food for the rest of your life. Dieting should not mean deprivation, starvation or any radical that you cannot sustain. It’s all about lifestyle…making those small, simple changes that will add up to long term results and the shrinking of your belly.