Try some new tricks to get rid of that stubborn belly fat
Your body has two main types of fat: visceral fat, which lies internally, surrounds your organs and gives your stomach a hard, rounded appearance, and subcutaneous fat, which lies directly beneath the skin and is softer and вЂњjigglesвЂќ to touch. These types of fat are related to diet, exercise, hormones and genetics. There are a few tips and tricks to help fight the stubborn fat, but none will be successful without a proper diet and exercise routine.
High Protein Diet
Subcutaneous fat on the lower abdomen is more responsive to diet than exercise. There is very little blood flow to this type of fat, so energy is not taken from it during exercise. It is considered hormonal, and is therefore sensitive to insulin, explains Jade Teta, Registered Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Insulin works on fat cells by increasing their storage capacity, thus shutting down their release of fat, making it the most stubborn fat to lose. Subcutaneous fat in the abdomen is mainly composed of beta androgenic receptors, which further block fat release. Low carbohydrate diets, which are rich in lean, healthy proteins and fiber, are the best ways to block insulin and beta androgenic receptors, speeding subcutaneous fat loss.
Visceral fat has more blood flow, so it's more responsive to exercise than subcutaneous fat, although it will affect both to some degree. According to the Metabolic Effect, sprints are the most effective exercise to target the abdominals. Not only does the intense running motion, arm swing and rigid posture during the sprint keep the abs tight and strong, but the highly intense activity burns more fat during and after exercise than traditional cardio or crunches. High-intensity cardio also releases growth hormone, a fat-burning hormone that preserves and protects muscle during activity. If you are a beginner, start with two or three 50- to 100-yard sprints, giving yourself one to two minutes to recover. Each week add one or two repetitions until you get to 10 reps, three times per week.
Green Coffee Bean
Green coffee beans --unroasted, juvenile coffee beans -- are a relatively new discovery. Wellness Times affirms that the baby beans contain polyphenol chlorogenic acid, which is an antioxidant and a natural fat burner, and it disappears once the coffee bean is roasted for drinkable coffee. The beans also contain no stimulants, which is a plus for people who are caffeine sensitive. Green coffee bean is available as a natural extract in pill form. Suggested use is 700 mg before meals, twice per day.
Subcutaneous fat in the abdomen has the potential to hold excess water due to increased sodium ion deposits. Dehydration causes fat to store water, but even if you think you are hydrated, your body may still hold water in that region. According to Bodybuilding.com, the best, natural way to flush it out is to drink more water. This sends a signal to your brain for your kidneys to excrete more. Combine drinking more water with cutting out sodium, and you can flush out a few pounds. Use this technique if you are already lean, active and have been following a good diet, but just cannot get rid of that last stubborn layer. Aim for one to two gallons of water a day.