"Refined grains like white bread, crackers, and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies," says Patton. "Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat." Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may therefore actually prevent belly fat, Patton says.
While many people turn to artificial sweeteners in a misguided attempt to whittle their waistlines, those fake sugars are likely to have the opposite effect. According to researchers at Yale, artificial sweeteners are actually linked with an increased risk of abdominal obesity and weight gain, possibly because they can trigger cravings for the real stuff and spike insulin levels in a similar fashion to real sugar.
Tame your stress levels: I know it's easier said than done and I wince at even putting this on the list and making you feel like you're being lectured, but I've got to. There are a lot of things that we can't change in life, but we can adapt and handle them better. Carve out a little time for yourself in the day and try to fill it with something that you enjoy that you find relaxing. Yoga, stretching, writing, reading, meditating - whatever it is, try to treat yourself to at least a little something that settles your mind when you're feeling really stressed out. Stress can wreak havoc on health - not just on appearance or the storing of fat - and it should not be taken lightly.
This is ratio of weight in kilograms to the square of height in meters. This parameter helps doctors judge whether the person will suffer from heart disease or strokes. Those having a BMI of 25-29.9 are considered overweight and those with a BMI of 30 are considered obese. However, this parameter is not always accurate in measuring belly fat. In fact, you can measure your belly fat with a measuring tape in front of the mirror, and set your own targets to reduce belly fat. Looking at the mirror and checking regularly will motivate you to lose the unhealthy fat lining your abdomen.
Flatten your belly by sipping water infusions throughout the day. The extra flavor will help if you’re sick of plain water and the combination of water and potassium from the fruit/herb/veggie infusions can help flush bloating culprits (like salt) from your system. Consider buying an infuser water bottle for your desk to which you add fruit or fresh herbs (find some on Amazon, Walmart, or Bed Bath & Beyond, to name a few). “When you’re properly hydrated you won’t make the common mistake of confusing thirst for hunger,” says Lakatos. “The extra fluid in your stomach can keep you feeling full.” The Nutrition Twins have a few favorite infusion recipes from their website: including Cucumber-Blueberry Water (8 ounces water, ¼ cup blueberries, ¼ cucumber, sliced), or their Lemon and Mint Detox Infusion that you can sip warm or cool (1 teaspoon grated ginger, slice up one lemon, several mint leaves, pour over 8 or 12 ounces water). These sneaky signs of dehydration mean you need to drink up.
Adapt a truly well rounded workout program: You can't spot reduce fat. You can't spot reduce fat from anywhere on the body - this applies to arm fat, lower back fat, lower belly fat, thigh fat, etc. No matter where the fat is, you're not going to be able to direct the results of your expenditure or consumption towards any particular area of your body.