Everyone would love to have a flat belly. The question is, are you ready to have “your” flat belly? If you answered yes, then let’s get started. You see, the most important factor in having a flat belly is setting your mind to it, seeing yourself with your flat belly and have the desire to have your flat belly.
A lot of people believe having a flat belly is impossible. It’s either “to hard”, “I’m to old”, “I can’t get rid of my pregnancy belly”, etc, etc, etc…
But, it is not impossible. It takes change in your eating habits and your way of thinking. We need to eat food that is good for us. We need to stop eating the “junk food”. We need to cut down on our portions, and we need to eat slower.
We know excess body fat is not good for us, especially the excess body fat around your belly. This is the most unhealthy way to be carrying around excess body fat. Men with large waistlines can be more at risk for health conditions than men with smaller waistlines. Women with large waistlines are more at risk for diabetes and heart disease than women with smaller waistlines.
The National Institute of Health has stated that a waistline above 35 inches for women nd above 40 inches for men is an unhealthy sign of visceral fat. Visceral fat can be referred to as hidden fat because it is under a layer of muscle in your body. The symptoms of too much visceral fat can be high insulin levels, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
A study from the Mayo Clinic states that you don’t have to be “fat” to have too much visceral fat. Because this type Okinawa Flat belly tonic of fat is beneath the muscle and is stored around the abdominal organs, you don’t see the “fat” on the outside.
So lets talk about some of the ways to change what we eat. We need to stay away from the “bad fats”, such as saturated fats, and trans fats. Saturated fats become solid at room temperature. Trans fats can raise your cholesterol level and increase your risk for heart disease. Trans fats are mostly in packaged foods. Manufacturers hydrogenate oils to increase the time they can stay on the shelves in stores. Stay away from these fats.
The “good fats” such as monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and omega-3 fatty acids are the fats that are OK to have. Monounsaturated fat doesn’t become solid at room temperature. Polyunsaturated fats stay liquid in room temperature and also in the refrigerator. The oils that contain the polyunsaturated fats are soy, corn, sunflower, cottonseed and safflower. The omega 3 fatty acids are found in mostly in fish, such as salmon. Canola oil contains omega 3 fatty acids, along with walnuts and flaxseeds.
Walnut oil and flaxseed oil contain alphalinolenic acid, which your body converts to omega-3 fatty acids. Olive oil has been known to help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reduce inflammation.