5 Ways to Reduce Your Belly
Know 5 ways to reduce that extra fat on your belly. Explained by Dhruv Gupta, founder of Fitho Weight Loss Diet & co-author of popular weight loss book - Losing It – Making Weight Loss Simple.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Is walking good for weight loss?
Walking is boring. It takes so long, and we believe that unless you don’t have a physical limitation holding you back from running, you should not be walking. Start running.
There are so many reasons to start running now- we’ve listed a few for you:
Burn calories while you rest: Running raises your metabolic rate, so you burn calories even while you rest. So you burn calories while watching TV, while sleeping, even while taking a shower!
Walking good for weight loss?
Build great leg muscles: Running can build muscle in your legs- gives you great calves, quads and butt muscles- your way to look good in shorts : ) Also, it increases in your body’s muscle. Muscle burns calories just to maintain itself, so your burn even more calories.
Running can improve posture: When you run correctly, it helps to work the muscles in your lower back and core. As a result, it can improve your general posture, while burning fat. Since many of us have belly fat and fat around the lower back and hips, running can help you lose that also.
Running suppresses appetite- Researchers found that running for over 60 minutes lowers levels of the hormone, Ghrelin (appetite increasing hormone), and increases levels of the hormone Peptide YY (appetite suppressing hormone). So, you probably won’t be scarfing down a huge meal after a good run!
Look hot: With all the fat you lose, the muscle you build, you only get hotter!
Save time: When you run, you do the same amount of work in lesser time. So, you burn calories faster, and you save time to do anything else that you want.
Keep off the wedding season weight
The Indian wedding season is here. With so many weddings, its a ‘make-me-fat’ mine field trying to avoid the fat loaded food. To make the food taste better in these gathering, its loaded with oil, cream and butter and lots of refined, simple carbohydrates.
So the wedding food you consume is loaded with calories- high fat and sugar. No matter how much you might want to watch your portions you still are in the grave danger zone of adding fat to your system. Then, there’s the free flowing alcohol which slows your metabolic rate and because of the high calorie and sugar content, promotes fat storage. Lastly what throws you off the edge is the high sodium content food that promotes water retention, to make you feel even more bloated.
To fix this, you can completely avoid any weddings. But since that’s a really tough one, and you don’t want to be the social recluse, Fitho has some tips that you can use to avoid those pants getting tighter through the wedding season:
Snack well: Have a heavy snack before you head out to the wedding, so you avoid snacking on the deep fried, calorie loaded wedding snacks.
Portion Control: Buffet style served food always makes portion control difficult, so to help yourself, load your plate only once, and then drop the plate (not literally).
Skip the desserts. If you really want some, ask for small portions, or share your plate with a friend.
Go Italian or Chinese: Most weddings have a pasta station, or a stir fry station. Ask them to make you a sauté of vegetables, and go easy on the pasta. Since they cook everything right there, chances of them loading it up on the oil and the salt are low. Also, most pasta stations would use olive oil, that’s good for you.
Have the salads- not the creamy, calorie loaded potato salad, but the leafy, green one.
Now you can enjoy the wedding season without your pants getting tighter. For more tips, check out our tips to stay fit in the festive season.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo