Belly fat is the most difficult to get rid of and the causes the most harm to our bodies. The deep-seated visceral fat takes on a life of its own and produces harmful hormones and inflammatory substances that increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. As a rule of thumb, the larger the waistline, the higher the risk for developing life-threatening diseases, but that’s not always the case. People who are within their normal weight range and have flat stomachs can also have a hidden layer of belly fat wrapped around internal organs and be at as much risk as someone overweight with the proverbial ‘beer belly’. Use these foods and natural supplements to shed harmful belly fat even if the fat is not visible.
Fiber is your friend and oatmeal (old-fashioned, cooked oats) is one of the best foods you can eat to increase daily fiber intake. Beans and apples are also good sources. Fiber helps fill you up and keeps you feeling fuller longer so you’ll eat less, plus it keeps things moving along through the digestive system and latches onto harmful cholesterol before it has a chance to settle in the blood stream and expels it from the body.
There are several forms of natural fiber supplements that can be taken daily if you don’t enjoy the flavor of fiber-rich foods.
Cinnamon prevents spikes in blood sugar and helps to keep it stable throughout the day. When blood sugar is stable the desire to eat in-between meals is lessened, helping you to eat less and shed belly fat. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on any desired food or beverage or try a natural cinnamon supplement.
Chromium also keeps blood sugar stable to help prevent food cravings and overeating. Chromium is found naturally in romaine lettuce or comes in a natural supplement and will help you shed harmful belly fat by helping you eat less.
Fresh juices contain a variety of natural healing powers depending on the fruit or vegetable being juiced. Store bought juices are often loaded with sugar or have other additives, making your own juice at home or taking a natural juice supplement will provide you with health-boosting, fat-burning properties without the harmful additives. Celery, cucumber and watermelon have natural diuretic properties to help you eliminate excess fluid from the body, plus they’re loaded with vitamins and help control food cravings so you’ll eat less and shed belly fat for improved health.