Clinically known as central obesity, ”belly fat” is the excessive abdominal fat around the stomach/abdomen region. Commonly referred to as ”pot belly”, a situation whereby the body takes the shape of an apple instead of a pear. It is caused by a range of unhealthy habits that have overtime become a lifestyle. Many people, Nigerians included, are not aware that possessing a pot belly is not exactly an asset and they might not realise that it is unsafe for their health. Some even consider it the sign of a ”good life”. Belly fat, asides being physically unattractive, results in negative health implications like diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure to name a few.
The revolution of the fitness industry is currently under way and it’s great to know that wrong habits we’ve imbibed due to certain cultural and environmental factors are being restructured.
Belly fat is not exactly the easiest thing to burn or get rid off but the good news is with consistency, focus and dedication, you can achieve that perfectly toned abs but first you need to take the following into consideration:
1. Healthy Diet: An unhealthy diet taken at odd hours is the perfect catalyst for belly fat. Instead, ensure that your diet is filled with a variety of healthy options. Fruits, vegetables, fibers, grains e.t.c. should be staple foods. Also, eating the right quantities throughout the day will ensure that unnecessary fat isn’t accumulated. Avoid starving or over-feeding yourself. Avoid eating heavy foods for dinner instead substitute those ‘swallows’ for fruits and/or vegetables with sufficient water.
2. Work-out routine: No matter how cliche this sounds, exercising consistently is one of the fastest way to burn belly fat. Whatever it is you do, whether walking, jogging, weight-lifting, consistency is key. If you can afford it, register at the nearest gym where you’ll be monitored. Avoid Crunches as they will only strengthen your stomach muscles and cause lower back pain but won’t burn the belly fat. Opt for exercises that build your muscles mass and help fat loss like planks or cardiovascular exercises.
3. Sleep: Try and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep daily. This is essential for getting rid of belly fat as it will also reduce your craving for sugary foods as well as late night snacking.
4. Reduce alcohol consumption and substitute it with water. Alcohol stresses the liver which has to overwork to clear the toxins. So, reduce alcohol content or stay clear off it entirely.
Getting rid of belly fat is not an Herculean task after all. Apart from the fact that you’re improving your physical appearance, you’re also working towards a healthy lifestyle.