Sunday 19 January 2020
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The war against belly fat winnable

The war against belly fat winnable

Casting a glance over my shoulder, I could not help but smile.

The path I had trod was not a smooth one.

Impediments littered the already rugged road but endurance and perseverance carried the day for me and my family.

As I stood with my back against the wall while holding my newly born third child at the same time observing my husband as he changed into an immaculate tailor made suit specifically meant for his graduation that was before us, I could not help but beam.

Considering that I had been indoors for months, I simply could not wait for my turn to dress and make a statement.

Unbeknown to me, the shock of my life was lurking somewhere in the wardrobe.

None of my clothes could fit!

 Not only had I gained so much weight but my tummy appeared to be holding another 4month old baby.

The broad smile that had painted my face since I woke up was slowly fading as desperation slowly creeped in.

This situation is not only limited to me but is replayed in countless homesteads where women appear to be struggling with a big belly problem.

In previous years, being big was appealing as it was associated with a peaceful and blissful but today the media has constructed a perception that beauty is described by having a curvy figure coupled with a flat tummy.

The flat tummy bandwagon has gripped a lot of women to the extent that many are going out of their way to fight belly fat which has become their nemesis.

Excess belly fat also has its vulnerabilities as it is harmful to one’s health due to its ability to increase the risk for diabetes, heart diseases and certain cancers. Fighting belly fat can be achieved by embracing the following three things:

  1. Watch your diet
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The words balanced diet have almost become a cliché but some do not have an appreciation of what exactly it entails.

A balanced diet is one that gives one’s body the nutrients it needs to function correctly.

Having a balanced diet is a strong tool that can be used in the fight against belly fat.

For instance, cutting of sugar intake is a commendable step in getting a flat belly. Honey is an amazing substitute as it dissolves the fat and boosts one thing you should cut down to get a flat belly. Use honey instead.

An uptake of alkaline foods such as fruits, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and water is advisable in the fight against belly fat as compared to acidic foods.

A high fibre diet consisting of oats, barley, wheat, fruits such as oranges, apples, mangoes, avocados and bananas, vegetables such as peas, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, nuts, beans, and legumes is very good at reducing belly fat.

One should also consume garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne pepper, cabbage, tomato, and spices like cinnamon and mustard to burn fat by boosting metabolism.

It is also prudent to eat a lot of Monounsaturated fats.

Monounsaturated fats are healthy fats found in olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut butter, avocados and certain nuts et cetera.

 These are a form of good cholesterol and have a number of health benefits which include helping with weight loss and reducing the risk of heart disease.

  • Detox
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To detoxify is to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

 Detoxification has been practiced for centuries by various cultures around the world, among them the Chinese.

The process of detoxification entails resting, cleansing and nourishing the body in all aspects by removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding the body with healthy nutrients.

This goes a long way in helping one lose weight and reduce belly fat.

Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, “It is critical to detox,” says Linda Page, the author of Detoxification: Programs to Cleanse, Purify and Renew.

Although the human body is designed to detoxify itself and eliminate toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin, sometimes these systems can get compromised and fail to function properly and impurities aren’t properly filtered resulting in the body being adversely affected hence the need for reinforcements.

I always ask people, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic portion you could just drink and lose weight?” Well, there is. And guess what? It is not just one. Detox drinks are a great way to cleanse the body of toxins responsible for things like digestive issues, bloating, not to mention constipation and belly fat.

The effects of raw fruits and vegetables on reducing belly fat cannot be understated.

They help scrub the body while removing toxins and extra body fat.

Health experts suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year.

However, caution is given to nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis.

However, this should be done in consultation with one’s healthcare practitioner.

  • Exercise Exercise Exercise!

Although belly fat may be due to genetics, poor food habits, slow metabolism, and menopause, the most common cause of belly fat is a sedentary lifestyle.

Nowadays women drive to and from work, spend the day in the office with some feasting on fast foods rich in fats then go back home to sleep.

The result is obesity challenges for women, hence the need for regular exercise can never be overemphasised.

Women can engage in brisk walking, High Intense Interval Training (HIIT), sprinting, jogging, cycling, boxing and swimming alongside some stomach crunches.

HIIT uses bouts of high intensity activity followed by a recovery period. Sprinting is highly effective because it eliminates stubborn belly fat.  

According to recent studies, instead of working out for hours or running a few miles, doing short bursts of active exercises is very helpful in reducing stubborn belly fat.

That being said, the panacea to getting rid of belly fat involves patience.

The above strategies need to be employed with some effort, commitment and perseverance.

All the best in your quest to fight off stubborn belly fat.

Priscilla Gudza