6 Ways to Lose The Fat Around Your Stomach

 

1. Don’t eat sugar and avoid sugar-sweetened drinks

  • Added sugar is very unhealthy.
  • Studies show that it has uniquely harmful effects on metabolic health
  • Sugar is half glucose, half fructose, and fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in significant amounts
  • When you eat a lot of added sugar, the liver gets overloaded with fructose and is forced to turn it into fat
  • Numerous studies have shown that excess sugar, mostly due to the large amounts of fructose, can lead to increased accumulation of fat in the belly and liver (5).
  • Some believe that this is the primary mechanism behind sugar’s harmful effects on health. It increases belly fat and liver fat, which leads to insulin resistance and a host of metabolic problems
  • Liquid sugar is even worse in this regard. Liquid calories don’t get “registered” by the brain in the same way as solid calories, so when you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you end up eating more total calories
  • Studies show that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to a 60% increased risk of obesity in children, for each daily serving
  • Make a decision to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet, and consider completely eliminating sugary drinks.
  • This includes sugar-sweetened beverages, sugary sodas, fruit juices and various high-sugar sports drinks.
  • Keep in mind that none of this applies to whole fruit, which are extremely healthy and have plenty of fiber that mitigates the negative effects of fructose.
  • The amount of fructose you get from fruit is negligible compared to what you get from a diet high in refined sugar.
  • If you want to cut back on refined sugar, then you must start reading labels. Even foods marketed as health foods can contain huge amounts of sugar.
  • Summary Excess sugar consumption may be the primary driver of excess fat in the belly and liver. This is particularly true of sugary beverages like soft drinks.

 

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