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5 Lifestyle Changes that Burn Belly Fat Faster than Dieting

These can help you a lot in reducing belly fat!

Wellness
| Contributor Content| UPDATED: May 18, 2018, 3:13 PM IST
5 Lifestyle Changes that Burn Belly Fat Faster than Dieting (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ Dash)
You need to burn Belly Fat not just to look in great shape, but to stay healthy as you age. If you are otherwise leaner but your belly bulges out, you must keenly work on reducing your visceral fat before health issues like Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease to name a few, creep in.

Cutting out on your sugar, refined carbs, alcohol and trans-fat intake, and switching to a high-protein and high-fiber diet can help you a lot in reducing belly fat. However, there are a few lifestyle changes that will fasten the whole process. Let’s delve:

1. Do Cardio Exercises

Perform cardio exercises that spike your heart-rate instantly to effectively burn calories and belly fat. You can choose from HIIT or HICT exercises to achieve greater results even when you are pressed for time and cannot spare more than 30 minutes a day.

2. De-stress

De-Stress yourself as high cortisol levels are produced when you are stressed; and cortisol is known to push fat storage in and around your abdominal region. Practice deep breathing, yoga or just adopt a care-free attitude towards issues that are beyond your control.

3. Take Rest

You need at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep to keep your cortisol levels in check. Several studies have linked lack of sleep with weight gain. Follow a sleep routine and stick to the hours to enjoy deep sleep gradually.

4. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting has gained popularly in the west recently, however, for Indians the concept of fasting is age-old. Alternate day fasting or practicing IF daily with a fasting window of 16 hours and eating window of 8 hours period has shown great results in just 18-24 weeks of time.

5. Start Journaling

Lastly, start journaling what you eat. It will help you keep a tab on unnecessary food outings, binges and become selective about food choices. There are some great Apps available that help you keep track of your food and calories.
First Published: May 18, 2018, 3:13 PM IST
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