Belly fat has been one issue that bothers lots of people. It is obvious why everyone will like to get rid of belly fat. There are health issues tied to it and of course the ‘look good’ aspect too.
Belly fat even becomes an issue, when an individual is getting older and the metabolism is getting really slow and weak. It can really become a problem for people at 50 and above.
And there are health risks of belly fat, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
‘A big waistline puts you at increased risk for many health problems–diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke’. That is according to Dr Robert Eckel, President of American Heart Association.
However, skinny people may also have an unhealthy hidden belly fat too. According to research, fat may be found deep inside the belly around the stomach organs, that can only be seen by MRI imaging. And this kind of fat is equal to someone having a belly fat, thereby putting them at same risks.
In as much as we need to look good with a well toned flat stomach, it is also healthy and worth the effort to take care of the stomach by getting rid of the fat around it.
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How To Lose Belly Fat After 50
Losing belly fat has become a growing concern amongst the older folks, especially women. And losing belly fat after 50 could be slightly different from the general ways of losing belly fat, because of the age difference. Just like, 1800 calories are the recommended average daily intake for women, however, 1300 calories daily intake are the recommended intake for people that are over 50 years. The reason is not far fetched, because of the slow metabolism in older people.
Reduce Your Calories intake
How to lose belly fat after 50 is to reduce the daily intake of your calories to 1000 calories instead. Since 3500 calories are equal to a pound, therefore you can lose a pound in 12 days. Or you can choose to lose a pound in a week by taking 800 calories instead. But there is an argument that it is unhealthy to take less than 1000 calories per day if you must, it has to be under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.
You can achieve this by eating healthy foods such as fruits and veggies.
This is one undisputed way to losing weight by burning out fat. Cardiovascular exercises like jogging, dancing, biking, swimming or aerobics can really go a long way to losing belly fat. However, you must know that cardio does not ‘spot lose’ the fat around the belly. It burns fat from every area of the body, and that is including the stomach.
Intense cardio can burn more calories, however, it is advisable to start gradually until you graduate to high-intensity cardio. And at least 150 minutes or more of getting a physical activities of cardio exercise per week will really go a long way to burning that fat, just as recommended by the American College Of Sports Medicine.
Include Strength Training
Strength exercises do not necessarily burn calories like cardio, but it will help to strengthen the bones and muscles, which will also ensure having a balanced core. Sit up and crunch exercises have been found to be very effective to impact the stomach positively. And bicycle crunches were found very engaging on the oblique muscles.
And there is, of course, the option of surgery! Surgeons have claimed that they can melt belly fat. But this is a matter of money, time, and pain, yes pain, because it can really be painful. And let’s not forget the risks of complications as well.
Losing belly fat can really be slow, but I think it worth it, especially if you opt to go about losing belly fat through a healthy lifestyle and exercise. These are recommendable healthy ways to lose belly fat, exercise, and healthy eating. However, if you choose to cut down on your daily calories intake, it is advisable to inform your Doctor before doing that.
I really hope you will find this post useful in losing that extra fat on the belly.
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