You may be familiar with certain ads and commercials that advocate on certain flat belly diets to reduce the waistline and abdominal fat. These commercials specially target menopausal women and those audiences that are suffering from flat belly problems.
Unfortunately, most of the clinical study and research show that there is no particular food, which can cause excess belly fat. The study results say that fat develops when unutilized calories (calorie produces energy) are stored as fat. And these excess calories are present in any food. So it is clear that there is no special food to identify as the culprit behind belly fat. In fact, in most cases the reason behind belly fat growth is genetically determined. Moreover, heredity affects how the extra bode weight is accumulated in your body. If you are woman then you do have a chance to grow fat due to menopausal reasons. Besides, there is the fact of occasional slower body metabolism, which can also cause body fat growth.
Flat Belly Diet Claims
There are foods that are considered as the quickest route to a flat belly.
There are evidences that show that fructose sugar is found in corn syrup. This sugar metabolizes differently compared to glucose. The problem is that your body converts fructose differently into fat. Glucose conversion is regarded as better for controlling fat. But there is no evidence to suggest that the difference in conversion can target specific body part.
Alleged Flat Belly Foods
There are so called miracle foods like Avocados, vegetable oils, olives, and nuts. It is said that they can reduce abdominal fats. But there is no clear evidence to suggest that these fruits and foods target the belly and abdominal fat.
Yes, study has shown that whole grains help obese people in reducing body fats. But the study has also indicated that there needs to have more research on the subject.
Action Plan for A Flat Belly
Now come to the real world. Avoiding and consuming certain foods will not help you. Then what else can be done in real terms?
- Monitor Caloric Intake: Avoid and/or measure eating high-calorie foods. Fat accumulation happens due to consumption of more foods.
- Watch Portion Size: We need to consider portion size and frequency of food intake. Decrease amount of taking red meat in a week. This helps to lower your overall fat intake. Moreover, you will get benefit in keeping your body’s cholesterol levels in check. Remember to consume fewer calories at your meal.
- Eat Good Fat: reduce intake of saturated fats. These are found in foods such as red meat, butter, or, cream. Rather choose foods such as fish, walnuts, olive oil, and avocado that are sources of unsaturated fats. These foods will lower your levels of bad cholesterol in the body.
- Physical Exercise: Exercise is a good way to use your energy. It helps to burn off the accumulated fat in the body. Menopausal women who exercise more will gain less weight due to regular exercise. If you e a woman and you perform less amount of exercise during your menopause, then you’ll certainly gain fat. Even normal women who do less exercises can slow down weight gain by increasing exercise frequency.
Therefore, instead of depending on myth based practices and habits, you need to focus on those activities that have proven benefits in terms of controlling weight gain.
Last update: February 25, 2017 04:09:55 pm