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Belly Fat Impacting Your Confidence: Reduce It In a Few Weeks

Maybe you’ve forgotten how to bend down with ease. You feel like belly fat is getting in the way of you being flexible, attractive and most importantly, healthy. If you've got a holiday coming up, or a dress to fit into, there are some shortcuts to Lose Belly Fat in 2 Weeks.

Life can be so busy that you can sometimes pile on the fat and not even realise! Chasing kids, getting to work and even chasing the husband can all get in the way of your health. But, we've got bad news.

This belly fat you’re carrying around with you is harmful – in fact it is unsightly and highly dangerous, and apart from it being connected to heart disease risk factors, it’s also linked to several other diseases such as -

  • sleep apnea

  • fatty liver disease

  • high blood pressure

  • type 2 diabetes

Belly fat includes visceral fat which surrounds your internal organs, and this dangerous fat stored around the organs also contributes to cancer, dementia and depression.

What's good though, is that there are some good ways to burn away unwanted belly fat quickly and even without too much time taken up!

What Makes for an Inflated Belly?

Your weight is determined by how you eat, your genes, exercising too little, drinking excess alcohol and gaining a typical beer belly in the process. This belly fat also changes the way your body operates, as it causes inflammation and it can also interfere with the body’s hormonal functions.

Belly fat simply has to go, and we’re going to look at how you can lose this belly fat in 2 weeks and slim down your large waistline.

For the secret to rapid belly fat loss you need to check the end of the article! 

Don't Starve

Don’t go on a starvation diet as starving yourself alerts your body to this. It then starts to store fat to tide it over this starvation period. The idea is change your eating habits and to eat healthily. Many people go on liquid diets to cleanse themselves out, but this is only effective when combined with a healthy diet. A liquid diet doesn’t give you the nutrients you need for lasting weight loss, so rather change your eating habits to fresh fruit and vegetables and lean protein instead.

Most of us love food and the sheer pleasure of eating, but alas, the first step towards reducing belly fat starts with this stuff we love - food. Now is the time to starting eating real foods from nature, instead of those processed foods packed with preservative and packed into boxes.

Eat more Protein

The reason why it is important to eat enough protein, is that fish, chicken and eggs provide you with energy. Your body needs to to do its job in digesting your food, to burn fat and to build muscle. Building muscle in turn burns this fat and speeds up metabolism.

Protein will also make you feel fuller for longer. Ensuring you consume less calories over this 2 week fat loss period!

Good Digestion

Speaking of digestion, make sure your digestive system is functioning optimally. Replace those processed grains with whole grains. Eat ‘real grains’ - foods packed with fiber. Replace whole-wheat bread with apples, flax, oatmeal, quinoa and a banana. Foods like this all help with digestion and ensure less fat deposition.

Quinoa for instance is an ancient grain packed full of protein, vitamin E, amino acids and phytosterols and we need to be eating a food such as this just because of its exceptional nutrition profile. In fact animals fed supplements with quinoa-seed extract had less body fat and a decreased appetite.

Eat Mindfully

It’s the 21st century, and there is scarcely time to think, let alone to prepare a meal and to sit down and savour it slowly and in peace. We’re living in a time of fast foods and on-the-go snacking. Gobbling down food causes gas, bloating, flatulence and poor digestion along with digestive problems such as heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease. This is when you get that burning stomach acid which rises into the esophagus.

Mindful eating is actually key to losing belly fat. Being aware of your food, chewing it slowly and swallowing it slowly will make you feel more satisfied when eating. The idea is to make time to eat, to enjoy the process of eating and to eat without any other distractions.

More Sleep - Less Stress

Did you know that too little sleep and too much stress also alerts your body to produce cortisol hormone? This hormone ‘warns’ your body to take action, to prepare and to store fat in your mid-section. Our bodies store this fat so that when there isn’t enough food, it can still be fuelled. Cortisol is produced by the body’s adrenal glands and it is released into the body in response to stress.

An excess of cortisol in the blood might be good for an emergency stressful situation, but no good when it circulates for a long periods of time. High blood sugar levels caused by this constant cortisol promotes the storage of fat in the abdomen. When you’re constantly stressful, you begin to see how the body accumulates fat in the belly.

Get Moving

Sitting for long periods contributes to weight gain and a host of health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Many people with desk jobs find themselves putting on weight around the middle, and inconsistent exercise won’t be enough to counteract the harmful effects of sitting all day.

Choose some vigorous exercise that becomes part of your day. Certainly for the next 2 weeks, choose high-intensity workouts such as cycling and running as well as putting in some swimming laps. If you want to lose that belly fat in 2 weeks, now is not the time for moderate exercise.

Conclusion

The cruel reality is that we get fat because we take in more kilojoules than we expend – we’re eating way to much, we’re eating the wrongs foods and we’re not exercising. It’s not easy giving up the foods we love to lose belly fat. The reality is that you don’t have to give up on food at all - just change what you eat a little bit.

For 2 weeks say goodbye to pasta and bread, say no to sugar and yes to protein and good fats. Your hunger will go down as you make lifestyle changes and you start exercising, and seriously, by the time the 2 weeks has passed, you’ll feel so good, you’ll be looking super too.

Get moving and remember, getting rid of belly fat isn’t a diet – what it is is simply stopping to eat the ‘unreal’ foods that make your belly fat and eating as much as you want of the good, natural foods.

Written by Emily Green for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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