Anyone who ever tried to lose weight knows pretty well that it is impossible to lose fat only in one specific area. But there are certain methods that can help you to focus on a certain part of your body, belly fat in this case. Here are the six ways to lose belly fat proved by scientific studies:
Move as much as you can: run, bike, or swim.
Integrate more protein into your diet.
Eat more healthy fats such as olive oil.
Pay close attention to the quality of your sleep.
Increase the fiber intake.
6. Don’t forget about the balance of dieting and fitness.
New research from Florida State University suggests that eating cottage cheese before going to bed may boost metabolism and strengthen the muscle and immune system due to the high content of protein.
For the study, a team of researchers checked the effect of eating cottage cheese before bed on 10 women aged between 20 and 30. Each woman ate 30g (1oz) of cottage cheese 30–60min before sleep.
Having analyzed the results of tests, the scientists concluded that women’s bodies were just as efficient after cottage cheese as when they were given a casein shake before bed.
The study author Professor Michael Ormsbee says: “Until now, we presumed whole foods would act similarly to the data on supplemental protein, but we had no real evidence. This is important because it adds to the body of literature that indicates whole foods work just as well as protein supplementation. And it gives people options for pre-sleep nutrition that go beyond powders and shaker bottles.”
In the course of research, the scientists found that many supplements not only contain higenamine but also that companies producing these supplements don’t indicate the dosage of this compound properly.
John Travis, a senior research scientist at NSF International in Ann Arbor, says: “We’re urging competitive and amateur athletes, as well as general consumers, to think twice before consuming a product that contains higenamine. Beyond the doping risk for athletes, some of these products contain extremely high doses of a stimulant with unknown safety and potential cardiovascular risks when consumed.”
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods until one is too exhausted to continue.
This technique doesn’t require any special fitness skills. At the same time, it may help you to spend less time in a gym but faster achieve your fitness goals. And here are other 10 reasons to try HIIT workout:
It burns more calories in general.
It burns more fat in less time.
It continues to burn calories even after the activity itself.
It strengthens your heart.
It helps to maintain your normal blood sugar level.
We all know how to burn calories by working out. But what about burning calories after you’ve finished exercising? You can boost post-exercise afterburn using just one of these seven weight-loss strategies, approved by health experts:
Prioritize bigger compound exercises like chest presses over isolation moves like biceps curls.
Lift heavy weights as it spikes your afterburn.
Do not skip high-intensity interval training. HIIT workouts offer an effective method to keep your body burning calories after you have cooled down.
Take a metabolic resistant training. It challenges your muscle and anaerobic system.
Monitor your heart rate during the workout.
Increase the intensity and efficiency of a strength-training routine by performing two exercises back-to-back.
Use heavier weights during the final two or three repetitions of the exercise.
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