What’s the hardest fat to lose in your body? Belly fat. Waist line struggles.
Not only is belly fat the toughest fat to lose, but it is also one of the most dangerous places to accumulate fat in your body.
Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a good metric to tell if your weight is healthy. Your waist size and your waist-hip ratio are thought to be more important in predicting your risk of having a heart attack.
To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kg by your height in meters two times. A normal BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9.
You can measure your waist by wrapping a tape measure around your waist, with your belly button as a landmark. If it is greater than 35 inches in females, and 40 inches in males, you need to lose some belly fat.
The waist-hip ratio is calculated by dividing your waist size by your hip size. Less than 0.85 is good for women, and less than 0.9 for men.
You may be wondering why belly fat is so dangerous, so here are a few reasons why:
Excess stomach fat increases your risk of heart disease
Increased risk of developing diabetes as abdominal fat is linked to insulin resistance
Too much fat in your stomach is also linked to breathing problems.
Abdominal fat also increases your risk of developing cancer
These are some of the consequences of belly fat, and they are serious outcomes. While it may be difficult to lose belly fat due to its stubborn nature, it is not impossible.
If you’d like to lose some belly fat and trim your waistline, here are some things you should avoid:
Carbonated drinks and fast food – these food items are high in carbs, and the excess sugar ends up being stored in your belly.
Inadequate sleep -7 hours of sleep is ideal for you to feel well-rested and refreshed. If you sleep less, it can put your body in a state of stress and make you add weight.
Cooking oil – cook with coconut oil as it contains less fat than the average cooking oil.
Stress – stress can lead to weight gain, and your abdomen is one of the easiest places for the body to deposit excess fat.
Alcohol – excessive alcohol use leads to weight gain.
To lose belly fat, most people often try to restrict their diet or do abdominal exercises. Neither approach will give you the kind of result you want when tried alone. But if done together, you may find yourself hitting your goals faster.
Keep moving: Physical activity will help you shed weight and lose belly fat too. Take up activities like brisk walking, cycling, and jogging.
Eat healthily: Making good dietary choices can help you burn stomach fat. This involves eating a balanced diet. Also, increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Eat more soluble fiber: Avocados and legumes are good sources of soluble fiber that help you get fuller faster and also burn fat. Incorporate them more into your diet if you want to reduce your waistline.
Join a gym: Resistance training in a gym can help you lose abdominal fat faster and also increase your muscle mass too.
Drink water: Replace juice, coffee, and other beverages with water. You can add lime to your water if you want to spice it up a bit.
Visit Our Hospital: We have a surgical liposuction service (the most effective form of liposuction) at our hospital as well to help you get rid of that tummy fat. But you still need to do the activities above to maintain your weight.
Carrying out these activities can be hard, but they will help you get your waist down to size.
Image source: Pixel
Follow our blog for more updates. Got any questions? Our Doctors are more than glad to help provide the assistance you need with our telemedicine feature. Find out more here. We’re on the socials! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.