According to a 2014 Gallup and Healthcare Survey, at least 51 percent of Americans need or want to lose weight, but only about half of this number is actually having success dieting and dropping belly fat. When it comes to successful weight loss and belly fat reduction, some people simply don’t know the best ways to diet, while others seem to have already tried every fad they could find in order to lose weight, often to little or no success, reported KSL.com.
“Weight loss is difficult, takes time and doesn’t necessarily lead to improved health.”
The reason is that many dieters still think weight predicts health, but in reality there is little evidence to suggest that a person’s weight can be used as a predictive factor for their risk of disease. In other words, obesity can follow a healthy lifestyle AND it can follow an unhealthy lifestyle, according to the Oxford International Journal of Epidemiology.
— FITNESS Magazine (@FitnessMagazine) June 25, 2016
For example, many people on a diet are convinced that counting calories and maintaining strict control over what foods they eat and when, is the best way to lose weight. But in reality, experts say it’s possible to reach your ideal weight loss goals without ever counting calories, and that this is actually a healthier, easier alternative that is more effective for the long term, reported the Daily Mail. Here’s how it works.
“Eradicating sugar from your diet will naturally mean that you are consuming less calories. It will also mean that you will not eat the abundance of fatty, processed and packaged foods that are available.”
These types of foods are typically full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that contribute to high levels of belly fat and do other real damage to our bodies. For example, both sweetened and non-sweetened beverages have been found to suppress the body’s ghrelin hormone, which is responsible for telling your brain that your stomach is full and can help you lose weight and belly fat. By regularly consuming sweetened beverages, however, that hormone’s ability to function properly is dampened, making you more likely to overeat and blow your diet.
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In short, healthy habits will eventually determine our long-term health and success in trying to lose weight and reduce stubborn belly fat. For example, participating in regular exercise can not only help you reach weight loss goals, but it can also boost your mood and cardiovascular health, reduce stress and improve your overall quality of life. Also, skipping the hardcore or extreme diet path and opting instead to eat a well-balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods will ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs to function optimally, burn calories and reduce the risk of certain diseases.
— Women's Health (@WomensHealthMag) June 25, 2016
To increase your overall health, lose weight and stubborn belly fat at the same time, start by consuming five servings of fruits or vegetables every day. Also, it’s essential to find an enjoyable way to exercise and simply get moving! Even if its just an evening walk, taking an exercise class, or going for a swim, there are plenty of ways to improve your health and fitness that go beyond jumping on the next diet bandwagon. Finally, take steps to reduce your stress by taking time out to start a journal, meditate, do yoga, or schedule a regular massage.
“All of this can improve your blood pressure, reduce your cardiovascular risk and improve your quality of life,” wrote Rebecca Clyde for KSL.com.
In short, weight loss expert Jenn Hann of the Huffington Post nicely sums up the concept of losing weight without counting calories or taking your diet to the extreme. According to Hann, if you really want to successfully lose weight and keep it off, start by focusing on concepts like health, nourishment, satisfaction and peace when you think about food, instead of simply worrying about sticking to some restrictive diet plan.
“The more desperate, frantic and clingy you are in needing to control the outcome and lose weight, the more elusive it becomes.”
And that, my friends, is definitely food for thought!
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