In the October 30th 2014 episode of the Dr Oz Show, Dr Mehmet Oz spoke in depth about belly fat, its risks and how you can blast away the fat using a few easy tips.
In this article these belly fat blasting tips will be revealed.
Why should you lose belly fat?
Excess belly fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes so you should take steps to lose this belly fat if you value your health.
Here are some tips to help lose that belly fat:
#1: Metabolism boosting foods
One of the best and certainly easiest way to start burning belly fat is to start including more metabolism boosting foods in your diet.
Examples of metabolism boosting foods include:
- Eggs due to their protein and fat content
- Spicy salsa, because of its capsaicin
#2: Exercises for burning belly fat
There are still those that believe that the key to burning belly fat is to do endless amount of crunches and sit-ups. Well, this is simply not the case.
Instead you should focus your energies on high-intensity exercise instead as this is proven to boost your metabolic rate.
Also, you may want to try lifting weights as this again has been shown to increase the metabolism for up to 24 hours after your workout.
#3: Stress relievers
When you are stressed your body produces cortisol, which is a hormone that will cause your body to store belly fat.
You can take steps to reduce stress, for instance taking a relaxing bath or meditating. There are also certain foods and drinks you could try to reduce the effects of cortisol, such as black tea, peppers and dark leafy greens like spinach.
#4: High fat foods
It has long been thought that high fat foods will cause weight gain and excess belly fat, and while saturated fat found in junk food should be avoided there are some healthy fats you should include in your diet.
These healthy fats can help burn belly fat as they are slow to digest so make you feel fuller for longer, which will in turn help reduce any food cravings.
#5: A ketogenic diet
The final tip given by Dr Oz to blast away belly fat was to start a diet such as the Paleo or ketogenic diet.
These low carb but high fat diets will force your body to start burning fat for fuel as your body will enter a metabolic state known as ketosis.