There are two curiously contradictory trends in our society. The first is our almost-universal obsession with physical beauty, evidenced by adornment of the cover of practically every magazine in circulation by a scantily clothed beautiful person.
The second trend, ironically, is our own rapidly expanding girth, evidenced by the fact that nearly one in three of us is either overweight or medically obese. While we worship thin bodies, we seem unable to keep our own bodies thin.
Much of the waistline woe we experience can likely be traced directly to the misguided nutritional advice foisted on us by the USDA, whose main purpose isn’t to look after our health, but rather to create favorable conditions for the sale of agriculture goods.
We’ve been collectively asking about how to lose belly fat for years, and the “experts” at the USDA have told us for years to eat more processed grains and less fat. It all seemed to make great sense: eating fat makes us fat. Unfortunately, it was totally wrong.
The human body converts fatty acids in the bloodstream into triglycerides, which is the form in which fat is stored, only in the presence of a hormone called insulin. The pancreas produces insulin in response to blood sugar, which is itself caused by digestion of simple carbs such as sugar, starch, bread, pasta, rice, noodles, and potatoes.
Insulin causes a molecule called “lipoprotein lipase,” or LPL, to herd the fatty acids circulating in our bloodstream and store them as triglycerides inside our fat cells. Simultaneously, insulin instructs muscles and organs to stop burning fat as their fuel, and to burn the increased glucose instead.
Therefore, losing belly fat, or any other kind of fat, requires lowering your chronic blood insulin levels, which can be done rapidly by cutting down on sugary and starchy foods.
As a result of this body chemistry process, there is a surprising answer to the question of the best exercise to lose weight: there isn’t one. As hard as it might may be to believe, there is very little credible evidence linking exercise and weight loss. The “calories in minus calories out” weight loss paradigm seems to be completely false by many accounts.
For the most part, according to some studies, you can’t eat less, or exercise more, in order to rid your body of extra body fat. Instead, you need only to modify your dietary intake to include proteins, fats, and leafy green vegetables, with fruits thrown in as a treat.
Of course staying healthy does require a certain amount of daily exercise, and it certainly makes a person feel good after getting their heart rate up for a while after a good workout in the gym.
Another article that you may be interested in is How To Lose Leg and Thigh Fat.