Millions of people struggle to reduce belly fat, especially after the age of 50. And it’s not just because they (or we) want to look good in a bathing suit. Abdominal fat is a contributing risk factor for many chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.

But many of us are going about it all wrong as we try to reduce belly fat. We’re doing the wrong type of exercises. We’re doing lots of crunches and sit ups thinking that muscle training our abdominals actually reduces abdominal fat. It can’t hurt, but it doesn’t target belly fat like we think it might.

Our fearless founder, Dr. Juan has posted many videos over the years on specific ways to reduce belly fat. Let’s summarize some of his most important “do's” and “don’ts”.

Here is one of his videos:

DO: The Right Kind of Exercise

According to Dr. Juan, you really need aerobic exercise to help reduce belly fat. You need to sweat. You need to get your heart pumping to signal to your body that it’s time to use some of the stored energy (fat) in your belly. Gentle exercise, or muscle targeting (like crunches) isn’t going to cut it for reducing belly fat.

DON’T: Smoke or Drink

Smoking can signal your body to retain abdominal fat, and drinking large amounts (especially beer) can increase belly fat and cause other serious illnesses like liver disease. If you really want to bust that belly fat, you’re going to have to eliminate or severely limit your smoking and drinking.

DON’T : Eat A Diet High In Carbohydrates

According to Dr Juan, losing belly fat is going to be incredibly difficult if you are still eating lots of carbs. You need your body to turn to fat burning as an energy source, and that’s not likely to happen if your diet is heavy with carbohydrates. That means severely limiting bread, pasta, rice, and even fruits that are high in sugar.

DO: Eat More Protein and Fiber

Both protein and fiber are going to help you feel fuller, longer. This means you’ll be more likely to avoid high sugar foods and alcohol that are going to keep you from burning belly fat. Protein is also how the body repairs itself from stress and exercise, so you can keep going with your workouts. Sometimes consistency is the key.

DO: Relax and Focus on your Sleep

When we’re stressed, our body releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol can signal your body to hold onto belly fat. So reducing your stress can actually help you release belly fat. One great way to reduce your stress is to get adequate sleep. Set up a sleep routine or invest in some blackout curtains or some quality sleep supplements. Dr. Juan has long been a huge champion on the importance of sleep for improving your health in many areas.

Let’s bust that belly fat together,

Your friends at Santo Remedio

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