The primary concern of any over-weight person is usually his or her belly. But reducing fat from the belly is easier said than done. Our experts have put together a simple, but highly effective seven-point, natural ‘belly trimmer program’. So read our highly acclaimed article on how to lose weight on your stomach.
1. Banish the vile salt. Say hello to lemon juice.
Remove that salt shaker from the dining table. Almost all our prepared foods already have sufficient quantities of salt in it. Adding more salt is a recipe to high blood pressure and complications with your heart.
Salt in your blood leads to a higher-than-necessary retention of water and most of it is in and around the belly. Getting rid of salt in your diet is half the battle won.
Reduce water retention and you will lose weight on your stomach.
2. Cut the Glycogen (carbohydrate) overload
The human body is so efficient that it has a primary and a backup power source. The backup power source is stored in the form of glycogen and is used during periods of starvation.
The only time glycogen is utilized in modern day is, if you participate in some sort of energy intensive sport (e.g. running a marathon). If such sport is not on your radar, then you do not need abundance of glycogen which is a bi-product of carbohydrate. Every gram of glycogen is stored with 3 grams of water – it is like jet fuel waiting to be utilized. The more carbohydrate you eat, the more jet fuel is stored – except, it is never utilized and it is all in and around your belly.
To lose weight on your stomach, reduce your carbohydrate intake.
3. Go easy on the salad
Are we crazy or what? Consider this – a half-cup serving of lightly cooked carrots contains the same amount of calories and nutrition as one cup raw carrots. Also, half a cup of carrots will occupy less space in your GI tract. This provides you with nutrition without the accompanying bulk.
Eat lightly cooked vegetables. Reduce dried fruit and canned fruit. Instead, opt for fresh fruit and watch yourself lose weight on your stomach.
4. Handle the gassy foods and their balloon effect
Foods such as cauliflower, legumes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, cabbage, peppers, and citrus fruits break down rapidly leading to gas in your GI tract and a balloon effect in your stomach.
The trick is to reduce not eliminate. Also, never eat these raw.
5. Learn how chewing gum leads to belly expansion
When we chew gum, we also swallow a lot of air. This air accumulates in your GI tract and causes it to bloat and expand.
6. Replace the sugar alcohols
Sugar alcohols (official name Xylitol or Maltitol) are used in most of the low-calorie products including energy bars, cookies, chips, etc. Sugar alcohols are used because they taste sweet but do not have the accompanying calories. These sugar alcohols turn into gas and cause abdominal distention. Avoid such so called low-calorie products like plague – they are a curse in disguise. Avoid these and you will lose weight on your stomach.
7. Fried Foods and carbonated drinks
You were probably wondering when we were going to get to this one, weren’t you? Fried foods take time to digest. They sit in your GI tract causing it to bloat. Whenever you need to fry anything, use heart-friendly oils such as olive oil.
Carbonated drinks just gang-up in your belly causing it to bloat.
If you follow these steps you will see a dramatic re-structuring of your stomach. Use these steps in addition to diet and exercise.