It is time to change your soft abdominal fat to a well shaped body. New Year is nearly upon us and it is time to make plans about how you can have a toned and fit body. We hate belly fat but how to get rid of it? Read the tips shared by Dietician Sheela Sherawat the mentor of Diet Clinic. It will help you start off your New Year's Weight Loss Resolution on a high note.

What is abdominal fat?

Abdominal fat is the visceral fat that surrounds the liver and other organs of the abdomen, near the portal vein, which carries blood to the liver. Its closeness pushes free fatty acids into the liver, affects lipid production and increases cholesterol levels. Excessive accumulation of fat in the abdominal area can be very dangerous to your health. It is important to reduce abdominal fat since excess fat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, sleep apnea, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure.

Contrary to popular belief, people with normal body mass index (BMI) but with excess abdominal fat also have an increased risk of the health problems mentioned above. Below is a list of the causes of the excessive accumulation of abdominal fat.

Causes of belly fat.

  • Simple carbohydrate food and sweet drinks – Studies have shown a relationship between high sugar consumption and excess abdominal fat. This is mainly due to the use of additional refined sugar during processing. Excess sugar, whatever its form, can be harmful, but sugary drinks are particularly bad.
  • Alcohol consumption – Alcohol is another possible cause of a sudden increase in belly fat. Studies have linked excessive alcohol consumption with increased belly fat. One study found that men who consumed more than three drinks a day were 80% more likely to have excess body fat.
  • Low level of physical activity – The level of activity also plays an important role in the accumulation of abdominal fat. One study found that people who used resistance training or aerobic exercises for a year after losing weight managed to prevent an increase in abdominal fat by 25% more.
  • Cortisol – Cortisol, commonly known as the "stress hormone," is produced by the adrenal glands in stressful situations. While stress causes overeating, cortisol helps store excess calories as abdominal fat.

How to reduce belly fat.

  • Eat more soluble fibers – Soluble fibers form a gel with water that slows down the food as it passes through the digestive system. This type of fiber promotes weight loss as it feels fuller for longer and prevents unnecessary food intake.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption – Although alcohol can be healthier when consumed in limited quantities, it can be very harmful if it is consumed too much. Alcohol can adversely affect your body by increasing the risk of obesity in the abdomen. Shrinkage can reduce the size of the waist. Although it is not necessary to give up everything, the consumption of alcohol should be limited regularly and part of your plan for Weight Loss In The New Year.
  • Consume green tea – A very healthy drink, green tea, contains antioxidants that seem to stimulate your metabolism. The effect of antioxidants in green tea can be improved if the application is combined with exercise.