It may seem obvious on paper, but keeping stubborn fat off isn’t always straightforward. People worldwide struggle with staying in shape, and our modern lifestyles don’t exactly make things easy. So, whether you’re concerned about belly fat or thick thighs, our tips may hold the key to helping you control your weight.
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1. Focus on Nutrition, NOT Meal Frequency
There’s a myth circulating around the internet that eating six small meals as opposed to three large ones can help you lose weight. The idea is that eating frequently and in small quantities can speed up your metabolism. However, these claims are unsubstantiated.
Studies such as this one, published in The National Library of Medicine, feature research that suggests there is no correlation between eating small meals and having a fast metabolic rate. The truth really lies in what you eat, not how much you eat in one sitting or how you space your meals. Choosing healthy options over junk food can help you keep stubborn fat off even if you eat it in a set of three large meals.
2. Stubborn Fat Loss Begins at The 30 Minute Mark
Any exercise, be it a 5-minute sprint or 1-hour walk can burn fat, right? Actually, there is a science behind fat burning that most people are unaware of. When you go for a run, you may burn less fat than you initially thought.
When you first begin a run, your body uses carbohydrates as fuel. These are sugars that your body builds up throughout the day. It is only when these carbs are burned out that your body begins tapping into fat reserves. Studies show that this occurs at about the 30-minute mark when you’re engaged in rigorous activity, such as a run. In most cases, going for a moderate jog can be enough to begin reducing the buildup of stubborn fat on your body, anything less won’t give you the results you want.
3. Keep Alcohol and Fizzy Drinks to a Minimum
It’s clear why sodas can cause weight gain. Soft drinks are full of sugar that is stored as fat, and the effects of this are magnified when you drink several sodas per day and don’t exercise. When it comes to alcohol, things get a little more complicated.
Alcohol causes weight gain in four ways. First off, it stops your body from burning fat. Alcohol features a metabolite called Acetate which stops your body from tapping into your fat stores, making it harder to burn stubborn fat off. Secondly, it’s high in calories itself. Thirdly, it can actually stimulate appetite, making you feel hungry. Finally, In addition to making you hungry, it can also induce cravings for junk food. Therefore, minimizing alcohol intake can help keep fat off and help you lose the stubborn fat you’ve already gained.
4. Stubborn Fat Gain is Influenced by Your Hormones
Hormones keep your body regulated. During dramatic hormonal changes, such as at the time of puberty and menopause, your body can change in very big ways. When it comes to weight gain, estrogen is one of the hormones that play a key role. Estrogen levels that are too high or too low can cause weight gain.
High levels of estrogen in the body can irritate the cells that produce insulin in your body, making you insulin resistant and causing blood sugar levels to rise, leading to weight gain. Having low levels can cause your body to use the estrogen found in fat cells. Once fat cells become the primary source of estrogen, your body begins to pack on more to maintain your system.
Some hormonal changes are out of your control. However, the onset of certain imbalances can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. Managing your diet and exercising regularly are the keys to staying healthy in all aspects.
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