There was once a time in Nigeria where having a pot belly
was once seen as a sign of prosperity, or least a sign that you were living a
good life. However, it is now becoming an beauty issue for people as the trend
in urban centres show that the pot belly is no longer in.
Even more importantly is that having a pot belly can be
dangerous for your health too. The
visceral fat or the fat around your abdomen can lead to diabetes, heart
diseases, stroke as well as dementia.
There a number of ways you can get rid of that pot belly,
with doing controlling your food portions and exercising being the most recommended
method, however choosing the right foods to complement your efforts is really
essential. The right foods can help detox your liver and boost your metabolism
so that your body can target belly fat. However before you hit the gym and run
off to the supermarket, here are some really effective remedies you can try at
home to lose belly fat.
1. Lemon Water
Lemon water helps to detoxify your liver and increases the
production of enzymes by the liver which metabolizes and burns fat. A simple
glass of room temperature water with the juice from a lemon squeezed into it is
all you need. For the best effect, do
this in the morning, just after you get and 30 minutes before you have a meal.
2. Fish Oils
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (icosapentaenoic
acid, docosahexaenoic acid and linolenic acid) which help in breaking down fat
while reducing fat storage around your waistline. You can purchase fish oil capsules
at any reliable pharmacy or online.
3. Ginger Tea
It is well known that ginger is a natural digestive aid but it
is also a thermogenic agent. Thermogenic agents increase body temperature thus
helping burn fat more effectively. A pot belly may be due to one of the various
reasons like overeating, lack of exercise or stress. Ginger can aids in solving
each of these issues. Ginger also suppresses the production of cortisol, which
is a steroid hormone essential for energy regulation and mobilization. Rather
eating raw ginger, it is now possible to have it as a tea. Two cups of ginger
tea every day should be effective in helping get rid of that belly fat.
Garlic is good for your cardiovascular system as it reduces
both systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as triglycerides apart from
increasing good cholesterol. Garlic is also very useful;l when it comes to
fighting fat in our bodies as garlic suppresses the process of making fat. For
best effects, eat like 3 cloves of garlic a day or you could simply go with the
tablets if that is not your thing.
5. Lean Meat
Protein makes your body burn fat when you eat it, more
especially animal proteins. Thus, lean meats (meat with little or no fat) are
the best calorie burning food. When you eat lean meat, you burn about 30
percent of the calories it contains within it just by digesting the food. It’s
wise to include some protein in each of your meal. This can be lean chicken,
beef, or pork, especially in dinner so that you burn most of the consumed
calories through digestion at a time when your body’s metabolism is slower.
Just don’t fry your lean meat as you would decide the purpose.
6. Green Tea
Research shows that having 4 cups of green tea daily helped
people lose more than three kilograms within a period of eight weeks. Green tea
contains chemicals which have natural antioxidant with many therapeutic
applications. They also help in boosting your metabolism.
7. Hot Peppers
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which boosts your body’s heat
production and thus uses more energy or calorie. Studies have shown that when
peppers are consumed daily, it reduces abdominal fat and improves fat
oxidation. So spice up your foods with hot peppers to lose belly fat. For the
brave, you can have peppers raw, cooked, dried, or in powdered form. Otherwise simply
have it as freshly made pepper soup. The good thing about peppers is that you
can add it to practically anything you eat such as soups, eggs, sauces, stew and
8. Coconut Oil
The oil extracted from coconut has a unique combination of
fatty acids which a positive effect on your metabolism. Coconut oil is high on
medium chain triglycerides which are metabolized differently from long chain
fatty acids. These fatty acids directly go to the liver from your digestive
tract, where they are used in one of the two ways- either as energy or are
converted into ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are used by cells cell in the body
for energy production instead of glucose. This makes coconut an ideal
replacement when going on a low carb diet.
Coconut oil is also a thermogenic and burns fat. Many
studies have shown that medium chain fatty acids when compared to the similar
amount of calories from other fats, can improve feeling of fullness. Thus you
automatically reduce calorie intake.
But bear in mind, that coconut oil show be used in
moderation, as excess use can actually make you put on weight. No more than 2
tablespoon a day has been shown to be most effective.
It is important to get adequate sleep as a lack of sleep is
one of the prominent causes for belly fat accumulation. When you don’t sleep,
you crave for sugar and fatty foods. It also increases your cortisol hormone
which makes you insensitive to insulin. As a result, you lose your body’s
bio-rhythm and pile on the weight. It is recommended that you get about 7-8
hours of sleep each night.
10. Reduce or stop
Alcohol is full of calories but when you consume
alcohol you don’t feel full. Saving all your drinking for the weekend (binge
drinking) in particular deposits fat around your waistline. It’s better not to
have alcohol but if you can’t do that at least avoid binge drinking and also
reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol intake.