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5 Simple Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Eliminate Belly Fat

Wanting to lose weight or have a flatter stomach this season? Then it helps to get rid of excess fat in your belly. Too much belly fat -- also called visceral fat —

can lead to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even dementia. Eliminating belly fat is easier for you to do by making 5 simple lifestyle changes from CrossFit and functional fitness magazine BoxRox:

Cut Carbs 

When you are planning to lose weight, it is crucial to eliminate carbohydrates — specifically sugar and starch — from your diet. Excess carbs from sugar and starch cause more of the fat-storing insulin to be produced, and too much insulin is harmful for your health. 

On the other hand, lower insulin levels cause fat to be burned by your body instead. They also allow your kidneys to do their intended function, and that is to remove excess sodium and water in your body. Too much sodium causes you to bloat up, storing water as extra weight as a result.

Eat Vegetables, Protein, Healthy Fats

Not all carbohydrate sources are bad for your health. Sure, there's pasta, rice, bread and other sources of simple carbs, but there are also those which can be found in vegetables. Veggie-based carb sources can provide the daily recommended range of 20 to 50 grams. You can meet your daily requirement of carbs through veggies such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, as well as sweet potatoes.

An essential macronutrient that aids in building muscle mass, protein is found mainly in animal-based food sources such as turkey, chicken, beef, eggs and fish. Fish, in particular, is rich in omega-3, an important antioxidant that aids in heart health. Omega-3 and other healthy fats can be obtained by including fish oil, olive oil and avocado to your diet.

A daily meal that revolves around veggies, protein and healthy fats helps better boost your metabolism. Healthy fats also do not raise your risk of heart disease.

Exercise 

Though losing weight is possible without exercise, it is always recommended to get yourself active for better results. One way to speed up your weight loss goals is by warming up, stretching out and lifting weights at least 3 times a week. When done right, weightlifting allows you to burn more calories and increase muscle mass.

Do remember that muscle metabolism takes a lot of calories. If done properly, this causes you to gain weight because of muscle mass, but lose fat since it had been converted to supply the energy your body requires for using your muscles. Do not forget to replenish your body and recover properly after your workout. Speaking of replenishment...

Drink Lots Of Water 

Your body needs proper hydration to ensure that all metabolic processes work the way they should. Water can make you feel fuller, helps reduce cravings for salty or sugar snacks and even hydrates your cells and skin.

Sleep Properly 

Sleeping for 8 to 10 hours can cause your body to accelerate cell repair. A good night's sleep is essential if you feel tired out by your exercise routine since it helps heal the torn tissues as a result of working out. Every body movement can cause wear and tear, so sleep helps speed up healing, naturally getting rid of the pain in the process.

Belly Fat Here are some tips on how to reduce belly fat. Michal Jarmoluk / Pixabay

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