Now that you have a better understanding on what Guilt Free is all about, let’s start with the question I get asked the most. How do I lose belly fat?

Abdominal, ‘belly fat, is far more than just being unsightly and uncomfortable, because it’s a key player in a variety of health problems. Excess abdominal fat is often an indication of a higher visceral fat (fat between internal organs) levels- which can lead to increased risk for metabolic disturbances, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and metabolic syndrome, certain cancers, and a weakened immune system. Visceral fat usually tends to build up more in the upper body, near organs like the heart and lungs, which makes it more dangerous.

Subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin), is “healthier” as it lies further away from the heart and other internal organs. Subcutaneous fat is also easier to get rid of, as your body will use it for energy during rest, exercise or extended periods of food deprivation.

Now that we know that it is bad for you, how do we get rid of it?
A combination of a well-balanced diet and moderate exercise, is the answer. No nutrient should be cut out of your diet completely, as every nutrient plays a key role in bodily processes-including fat oxidation (breakdown of fat for energy). In order for your body to breakdown fat, it needs a combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins. If these nutrients are not provided in the required amounts, it disturbs the body’s homeostasis, which could in turn hinder the body’s ability to burn fat and instead store more of it. So, ensure that you have a balanced combination of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Although a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential, exercise is just as important. Healthy eating and exercise go hand-in-hand; they help make each other easier to manage and your body and mind will thank you for it. Unfortunately, doing 100 sit-ups a day isn’t going to get rid of that belly fat; it needs to be combined with the right eating. Whether it’s running, lifting weights, swimming or any other form of exercise; you need to find what you enjoy and what suits your lifestyle. You don’t need to restrict yourself to dry chicken and flavourless vegetables either; but rather than treating junk food as everyday meals, treat them as treats that are eaten every now and then. Your body will burn those calories up so quickly, and after a while you find that the junk you once loved so much, isn’t as good as you remember.

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