There are two types of belly fat, namely subcutaneous and visceral.
Subcutaneous means beneath (sub) the skin (cutaneous) which is the fat you can pinch.
We store this fat in areas like our love handles, inner thighs, triceps and our bellies.
A moderate amount of subcutaneous fat is essential for a healthy body.
But, like most things in life too much subcutaneous fat can be harmful.
The good news is you can shed this kind of fat.
Visceral fat, on the other hand, is more dangerous and difficult to shed. It's the fat that wraps around your internal organs, like your liver and heart.
And the danger with having this kind of fat is you can be very skinny and still have too much visceral fat stored without even knowing it.
Too much visceral fat can literally claim years off your life.
Getting rid of your fat, whether it's subcutaneous or visceral is similar. And you know it's no secret: The best way to a flatter belly is regular exercise and a healthy diet.
But there are things that can help - like certain foods you eat.
Foods that can you help melt your belly fat away...
When your diet is low in omega 3, the pituitary gland doesn’t work optimally. This leads to low production of melatonin, your sleep
Foods high in omega 3 are also rich in proteins. And recent studies show eating foods high in protein help you stay full for longer and helps reduce cravings. You also burn more calories digesting proteins than when you eat carbs.
Eat more flaxseed, dark leafy greens and fish like sardines, salmon and halibut to get enough omega 3 fatty acids.
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Nuts are a great source of mood-boosting magnesium. Low levels of magnesium aso affects the production of melatonin, and can lead to depression
and cravings, especially in the colder months we're heading into.
Foods like nuts, fish, lentils, soy and black beans are rich in magnesium.
Recent studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found 100 premenopausal women reduced their belly fat
by eating more calcium-rich foods.
Calcium doesn’t only help you burn belly fat, it also helps prevent muscle cramps and promotes healthy bones.
To get your healthy daily dose, add foods like milk, sardines, celery, tofu and dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale into your meals.
In a recent study from the University of Kentucky, researchers found watermelons have a significant effect on artery plaque deposits.
Because 90% of a watermelon is made up of water, it's one of the best fruits to eat to help you lose weight. 100-grams of watermelon contains only 30 calories. Besides helping you keep hydrated, watermelon also makes you feel full so you won't experience cravings between meals.
Did you know an avocado is a fruit that contains healthy fats! These healthy fats actually burn fat! They also help you make you feel full for longer.
Vitamin C-rich foods
Have you heard about the hormone cortisol? When you stress
your body secretes this hormone. Excessive amounts of cortisol is a major belly fat trigger.
Vitamin C helps balance your cortisol levels. Vitamin C also helps your body make carnitine which helps your body use fat for fuel.
To make sure you get enough vitamin C in your diet, you can take a vitamin C supplement, and also be sure to eat kiwis, kale, berries and peppers.
Use these six foods to help you lose belly fat so you can feel better and look amazing!
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