In a world made of smart homes, smartphones, and cars that can drive themselves, anyone can please Develop a weight loss button to press for immediate relief? Hold this button because Mike Ball, MD, MPH, ALMRo, director of medical content and education and a member of our Medical Expert Council, reveals five ways to melt your flatulence on autopilot.
Excess belly fat is like a guest I invited to dinner several times and he enjoyed a lot, just them won’t leave. (You know exactly who we’re talking about!) Not only is that extra weight on your gut frustrating to see, but it’s also very unhealthy. In fact, belly fat is more harmful than fat in other parts of the body, according to research by UT Southwestern.
Dr. Paul explains it this way. When most individuals think of body fat, it is subcutaneous fat, which is located directly under the skin. This includes fat that you can squeeze into your legs, buttocks, and arms. Excess body fat under the skin usually attaches to the pear-shaped stem, says Dr. Ball.
However, visceral fat refers to “belly fat.” It is located deep in your abdomen around your organs. Excess visceral fat is associated with an “apple-shaped” body. Dr. Pohl says, “Visceral fat is more harmful to your health and is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer.”
If you have belly fat you are ready to burn, let’s start with these 5 very simple habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine. It is highly effective in helping you dissolve unwanted flatulence.
First, it is important to know that you cannot exercise to lose weight on any specific part of the body. “Spot reduction”, unfortunately, is a myth. For example, your arm routine will not cause you to lose arm fat. Lots of abdominal exercises will strengthen your abdominal muscles, but they won’t get rid of your belly. The good news? Whatever exercise you do will help you burn calories and lose body weight all over.
Says Dr. Paul, “When it comes to exercises to get rid of flatulence, choose whichever exercise you are most likely to stick with in the long run. Aerobic exercise burns calories and can be good for building at any time of the day (for example, you can Go for a quick walk during a break at work or after dinner.) Resistance training also burns calories while lifting weights as well as in the long run, because the bigger your muscles, the more calories they burn throughout the day as part of normal metabolic processes.”
For melting your flatulence on autopilot, protein is your new BFF. Various studies have revealed that eating a high-protein diet is associated with lower belly fat. In general, in order to notice a low balance, it is necessary to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. But based on the studies, Dr. Ball adds, “Adding high-quality sources of protein is also important and can be beneficial. If you can, choose lean proteins, such as fish and chicken. Or — better yet — choose whole-protein vegetarians, such as Quinoa and soybeans.
One of the main secret sources of extra calories that you may not even think about is alcohol. Mixed drinks contain many additional calories, from alcohol to sugary add-ins.
“Research shows that alcohol intake is linked to central weight gain, or abdominal weight gain. So, to give yourself the best chance of losing flatulence, reduce your alcohol consumption,” says Dr. Ball.
Dr. Ball explains that cortisol is the stress hormone associated with weight gain. Therefore, managing your stress levels is a great way to help avoid flatulence.
Dr. Pohl suggests, “If you are looking for something that easily fits into your routine, you can try meditation or deep breathing exercises at least once a day. Having a regular sleep cycle and getting enough sleep each night can also help manage stress levels.” If you suffer from chronic anxiety, it is important to be properly evaluated by your healthcare provider.”
Easy and simple, if you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. Unfortunately, your extra belly fat won’t be going anywhere anytime soon if you don’t go on a diet. One simple way to decide on a diet — and maintain it — is to plan your meals.
Dr. Ball explains, “If you pre-plan (or even prep) all of your meals at the beginning of the week, it is easier to stay on track without having to think about it every day. You can even pre-plan what your snacks will be in case you get really hungry. For example, you can keep low-calorie items like baby carrots or celery in the fridge for snacks between meals.”
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