Sunday, 9 September 2012
Strategies to Banish Belly Fat
Subcutaneous fat can accumulate almost anywhere on your body, including arms, legs, hips, thighs and abdomen.
Excessive fat accumulation in the abdominal area is particularly dangerous as it increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
To lose excess fat in the abdominal area, it is important to eat healthy foods and to avoid foods with high saturated and trans fats. Trans fats increase your risk of heart disease and decrease levels of good cholesterol. Include fruits, vegetables and lean meats in your diet. Reduce your caloric intake by 500 to 1,000 calories a day to lose one to two pounds a week.
In addition to a healthy diet plan, it's important to exercise regularly. Primarily focus on cardiovascular exercises such as running, swimming, jogging and biking to lose fat throughout the body. Perform resistance exercises such as crunches for faster and more effective results. Start lightly and slowly increase the intensity of the exercises over time. An effective fat-burning exercise plan requires consistency, and exercises should be performed about three to five days a week.
It is important to be optimistic and to have the right mindset when starting a diet and exercise plan. Set realistic goals to avoid disappointment and pessimism. Be determined and follow through on your diet and exercise plans.