Belly Fat 101: Risks & Fixes

Are you frustrated with the extra fluff around your midsection? Aren’t we all! Today I am going to give you some of my top tips for shrinking your belly.

If you are anything like me (and the rest of the world) extra body fat gathered around the stomach can take a toll on your confidence. Almost everyone I meet wants to lose weight to look better. But, did you know that getting rid of excess weight, especially around the abdomen, could help save you from numerous health issues?

Dangers of Belly Fat

Even if you are relatively thin throughout most of your body, carrying extra weight around your stomach can cause major health risks.

The reason belly fat is especially dangerous is because it is comprised of visceral fat. This is a type of fat that is not just under the skin but lodged inside organs, like the liver. Having too much visceral fat comes with serious health risks like: heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

How to Slim Down

Take a moment to think about how you acquired the extra body fat. Have you been eating more, exercising less, or have you always been this way? Diet, a lack of exercise and hormones are the main creators of body fat build up around the stomach. One or all three may be the cause for you.

If your belly fat has stemmed from a poor diet, it is time to make some changes. Sugary, processed foods should be avoided. If you feel you make good food choices, try writing everything you eat down for a week. Even if you think you follow the perfect diet, chances are a food journal will reveal you don’t.   Take notice on how many carbohydrates, fats, and proteins you consume. Once you see everything written down, start to make changes. Try consuming less carbohydrates and more protein. Make small changes that you can stick to, and make more changes if your body does not respond the way you want.

Not working out? Start. A workout routine that blends total body resistance training and fat burning cardio is best for a majority of people looking to lose body fat. Workout programs, like the MFit Membership, that blend both of those things and push your body can change your life. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the best fat burning workouts that also challenges your core and stabilizer muscles. Try this workout if you are new to HIIT.

Cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, can also be to blame for belly fat. When the body is stressed it holds onto fat and increases its fat storage as a way to protect itself. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly and practice activities that keep your stress at bay.

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