A recent story posted in the New York Daily News and Runner’s World explains that a French study showed that women who store less fat around the belly are able to burn fat more efficiently than women with more belly fat.
The 21 “healthy, young active” women were grouped by the percentage of abdominal fat in relation to their overall fat distribution. Researchers learned that the women with less fat around their middle used stored fat better when exercising than those with more belly fat.
The researchers say that the women with less abdominal fat have better metabolic flexibility.
Also known as “Met Flex”, Metabolic Flexibility describes the body’s ability to burn fats and carbs efficiently. So, the women who burned more fat (during exercise) could sustain the activity longer-because their bodies would more effectively convert fat to fuel.
Further, the study seems to indicate that the women who have a “reduced metabolic flexibility” (more belly fat) are facing the fact that their bodies are starting to “find ways to conserve fat.”
More About Fat?
We also know that excess belly fat (or excess fat anywhere, for that matter) puts us at a higher risk for
- heart attack
- breast cancer
- colon cancer
The Good News
Although, other studies show that those of us who store fat primarily in our bellies are more at risk than those who store fat around their hips and thighs, it doesn’t mean that we’re doomed.
Experts still agree that the best way to combat belly fat is to continue to exercise and reduce stress where you can. Getting adequate recuperative rest is also essential for healthy weight loss.
How To Lose Weight Fast for Free
Some simple tricks you can use to boost your fat loss, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Stand Up Straight
It sounds simple, but maintaining good posture is beneficial to your core body strength and makes you look taller!
Hit the Hay an Hour Earlier
Canadian researchers find that adults who get only 5 or 6 hours of sleep were 35% more likely to gain 10 pounds AND were nearly 60% heavier than adults who regularly get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Water. Water. Water.
We’ve all heard about drinking 64 ounces of water a day. (8 ounces, 8 times a day). Actually, a better rule of thumb is take your body weight, for example, 200 pounds. Now drink half that number in ounces of water a day, so 100 ounces a day. It’s really not that much when you break it down into smaller portions over your entire day and evening.
Slow Down and Enjoy Your Meal
Eating under stress causes us to eat more and eat faster-which impedes digestion.
When you slow down, and really savor the flavor of each bite, you’ll get multiple benefits.
You’ll enjoy the meal, you’ll eat less because you are paying attention to the feeling of fullness.
When that happens, scientists say, you reduce cortisol levels, which helps in shifting fat away from the belly.
Make Walking a Part of Your Life
Something as simple as walking 30 minutes each day will dramatically improve your overall health. It’s good for your bones, joints and muscles.
Take someone with you if possible. Your spouse, partner, kids, or even your dog!
If 30 minutes is too much-just start with 10 minutes. Ten minutes every day this week. Then next week add 10 more minutes. You’ll be walking for an hour in no time.
Don’t worry if you’re a little sore at first, your muscles aren’t used to being worked.