Busting Belly FatPosted: January 11, 2011 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
Beer belly, spare tire, love handles; these are all cute names for a condition that is not so cute. When on a medical weight loss plan, belly fat can be the toughest of all areas to lose weight. The following are four tips to help you bust that belly fat.
Using a tape measure, measure your waist at the point of your navel. You are at a high risk of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions if your waist measures more than 40 inches for men, and 35 inches for women. Studies are showing that waist size is more an indicator of health than weight. Use this measurement to monitor how much belly fat you lose.
Regular, moderate intensity exercise can help reduce the amount of belly fat around your midsection. Even walking five days a week can have a tremendous effect on your waist. If it gets too hot in Scottsdale or Phoenix for outdoor walking, go to a local mall or gym and walk for 30 minutes.
Your belly size is directly related to your diet. Consuming only unprocessed foods that are low in fat and sodium, fruit and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice, and avoiding products made with white processed flours and sugars will all help reduce your belly fat.
Eating on the go, nibbling while making dinner and watching television while eating are bad habits that lead to belly fat. Eat consciously. Sit down at the table while eating and pay attention to what you’re eating, how many times you’re chewing and how much enjoyment you’re getting from your food.
Belly fat is stubborn, but it can be reduced. Unfortunately, you can’t target the fat in just one area of your body. Exercise, healthy meals and conscious eating can all aid in reducing the amount of extra fat you are carrying around. As you get rid of the extra fat, your belly will go as well.