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If you want to lose belly fat, ditch the alcohol*. Containing a dangerously high amount of calories (7 calories per gram), alcohol causes you to collect fat specifically on your abdomen. Besides, it also affects metabolism as your body will put all other metabolic processes on hold until it has processed alcohol because of its toxicity. As your body can’t convert the calories from the alcohol to fat, it needs to use them up, and this delays all other fat burning and energy use until the alcohol has been processed*.
Therefore, it is important to reduce your alcohol intake if you want to lose your belly fat*. Not only is alcohol filled with calories, drinking too much of it dehydrates the skin, making you look older than your age*
Several studies suggest that green tea helps to promote weight loss as the caffeine and polyphenols in it boosts metabolism and speeds up the rate at which your body burns calories*.
In particular, green tea contains compounds called catechins that boost energy expenditure and increase the release of fat from fat cells, especially those in the abdomen, and speed up the burning of fat by the liver after meals*. Green tea also contains EGCG, an antioxidant that helps to boost metabolism and specifically target abdominal fat.
Experts suggest that you may need to drink green tea several times a day and drink it hot to get the best effect*.
Another good way to lose belly fat is to include more proteins in your diet*. Protein has a higher thermic effect than other foods, meaning your body burns more energy processing proteins than it does processing carbs and fat*. Besides this, proteins are the building blocks of lean muscle tissue, which is the most metabolically active tissue in the body*. That’s why high protein diets work great at burning your belly fat.
Lastly, proteins also fight off hunger. Unlike carbohydrates which digest quickly, protein takes much longer to process, and helps you to feel satisfied for a longer period of time without any craving*
Insufficient sleep alters the hunger regulating hormones, causing increases in appetites and triggering cravings for sugar and other comfort food. Besides, lack of sleep also slows down the release of growth hormone which helps to repair and build lean muscle mass, therefore lowering the body’s resting metabolic rate.
Thus, it is important to ensure that you get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night if you want to lose belly fat*, as doing so will convince your body to burn belly fat as its preferred fuel, and at the same time keep the hunger hormone in check*.
Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. When you are stressed, your body releases high levels of cortisol which suppress the release of serotonin and melatonin. This causes your body to crave for junk foods or carbohydrates and resist weight loss. Your body will also think that times are hard and you might starve, thus it holds on to the fat that you eat*.