We do everything the same, eating and exercising the same and boom, there it is, that roll around the middle. Unfortunately it is the cost of aging.
Estrogen in women controls fat from building up in the belly and when these hormones decline (as we age) the middle starts to spread.
There are thousands and thousands of products and programs guaranteeing weight loss. And many of them claim to help you lose belly fat after 50.
At last count there were about 1,940,000 sites to help lose belly fat. Do they work? Who knows. So losing belly fat for women can be hard, but not impossible. Many of them involve extreme exercise, which many people over 50 cannot do correctly.
Why belly fat is dangerous
Losing belly fat is very important to maintaining good health. When you lose belly fat, you will lower your risk for illness and disease. A high waist measurement doubles the risk of early death.
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
Additional heath issues caused by belly fat are sexual dysfunction, sleep apnea, immune disorders, premature aging. Imagine not having these concerns by just getting rid of excess belly fat.
A study at Harvard University revealed that even normal weight individuals who had belly fat were at risk for health problems. And let’s face it, we would all feel better without the additional spare tire around our middle.
One of the biggest contributor’s to belly fat is hidden sugar. Because you have been led to believe that certain food are healthy, you have been unaware how much sugar is in certain foods.
Milk, juice, yogurt, bread, fruit and most low calorie and low fat diet food are loaded with sugar. Apple juice has 28 gram of sugar in a cup and whole milk has 11 grams of sugar. No wonder we are having problems with belly fat.
Insulin controls not only your blood sugar, but also your body’s ability to create and store fat, especially the fat around your middle. So start reading labels, better yet, eat food that don’t have any labels. Which means they are not processed, but all natural.
If you control insulin by avoiding sugar laden food and also hidden sugar, you will have a jump start on losing belly fat and improving your overall health. You will have more energy and will be able to exercise to help you on your way to a better you.
Visceral fat, the fat around your belly and under your stomach muscles, is the fat that can kill you.
It’s clear most Americans have been fighting the weight loss (around the belly) with all the standard diets, which are causing inflammation, stress in the digestive tract and eventually gaining back all the lost weight.
Follow a weight loss plan that burns fat, helps build muscle, but stays away from ingredients that increase weight.
This is a good example of how to eat.
There’s no point counting or measuring of foods. You eat sensibly and just until full. Eat in moderation, consider the size of your palm a serving. No more than 2 servings of a food at each meal.
Lean meat(beef, pork)
nuts and seeds
dark chocolate (up to 1 oz a day)
alcoholic beverages (1 a day, no sweetened mixers)
Go very light on fruit, just 1 serving a day
Start each morning with warm water and 1/2 juice of 1 lemon.
Make a pitcher of flavored water to sip throughout the day. Use sliced lemons, oranges or grapefruit and distilled water. Sip away during the day and you will have had at least 8 glasses by bedtime.
If you follow this plan, you will lose belly fat and feel much better in a few weeks. Also, follow the “Belly Fat Cure” for a more detailed version of how to lose belly fat.
Adding exercise will increase your weight loss and help to tone your belly. Even just a walk in the morning is good.
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