How to get rid of a 'pot belly'

In recent times, health experts have spoken on the dangers of 'pot belly', citing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes as some of the possible health risks with this condition.

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Gone are the days when excess belly fat or 'pot belly' was regarded as a sign of good living.

In recent times, health experts have spoken on the dangers of 'pot belly', citing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes as some of the possible health risks associated with this condition.

Excess belly fat is often triggered by fatty, sugary and calorie filled foods and snacks. Lack of exercise and genetics, in some cases, have also been identified as possible causes of having a pot belly.

With these potential health risks, getting rid of a pot belly has never been more crucial. Here are healthy steps to get rid of excess belly fat.

  • Adopt a holistic approach of diet and exercise. It's important to eat healthy as diet is usually a culprit of excess belly fat. Cut down the excess fatty food and also exercise daily.
  • The older one gets, the slower metabolism gets and less calories are burnt. Thus it's advisable to cut down carbohydrates and focus on proteins and plant-based fruits like pawpaw, watermelon and vegetables like legumes and pumpkin leaf which are rich in minerals and vitamins.
  • Fatty meats like organ meat are a NO NO. Rather, opt for white meat like fish and poultry. They should also be eaten without the skin and grill to reduce fat from frying.
  • Aerobic exercises such as walking, running, swimming and jogging are great for fighting excess belly fat.
  • Regularly detox the system by sipping lemon or lime juice in hot water daily, as they invigorate the liver and help to liquefy fat, which aids in flushing it from the system more quickly.
  • Water is every human being's best friend, moreso for those trying to lose excess belly fat. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins, aid digestion and prevent dehydration as mild dehydration can cause the kidneys strain the liver for help. This, in turn can  reduce the liver’s ability to burn fat, thus leading to fat deposits often in the belly.

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