I’d like you to standup straight, tilt your head downwards and count how many toes you have without bending over to the front. If you counted zero, you are kind of in a big trouble.
I agree with you that one will never know what frustration feels like until you are cursed to go through life with a belly fat that never goes away no matter what you tried to do to get rid of it.
Somehow when it seemed like it disappeared the other day, it comes back again like a disgusting plaque that forms on your gums.
Well, it can be depressing for anyone who felt that all of their efforts… all of it being washed down the drain.
Don’t worry, many of us have been fighting fiercely in this ongoing battle, and they have found many ways to defeat this what seemed like an indestructible enemy. It is known as an invincible enemy that have begun destroying humanity since the dawn of age – The Belly Fat.
What causes belly fat?
First of all, before we learn how to defeat the enemy, we must first find out more about its weaknesses. Our enemy comes in two forms. One is more hazardous than the other. One is an expert in stealth while the other works as a distraction.
The visceral fats are what we should be afraid of. It attacks from the inside, damaging our liver, heart and important organs in the long run. It is also invisible to the naked eye as it only forms up in the abdomen cavity, in between our organs and stomach.
While the other not-so hazardous fats are called subcutaneous fats.
Subcutaneous fats exist mostly to annoy us, pounding our confidence level down every time we looked into the mirror. Irritated with that flabby feeling when you jump up and down? That’s your subcutaneous fats slapping against your body.
In this article, we’ll talk more about the visceral fats and how it starts developing. These are the main, if not the obvious points we can take note of as part of our strategy to fight against belly fat.
When our culture is making it worst
Our culture and how the food industry manages the food supply is the primary cause of all this health epidemic. Most carbohydrates that we eat are processed carbohydrates, and they are never in the right portions.
It is way too easy to get our hands on something that is unhealthy than those that are healthier. Tell me, what do you see in a typical food court? What would you usually buy to stock up your kitchen ingredients?
I believe only a handful of people fills up their kitchen cupboard and fridge with whole foods, healthy ingredients and knows healthier cooking methods, while others, having only knowledge that has been passed down from generations would stick to what they are comfortable with.
They say “If you keep healthy food in your fridge, you will eat healthily”.
And the sad thing is nobody really teaches you how to portion out your food. You just..well put the food on the plate.
Don’t even talk about cooking at home to the people of my generation. There is a reason why we are called Generation Y. Cause “Y should I bother when there are lots of nicer food outside”.
If we can change this traditional habit of eating what we “think” is easy to get or eating things that only taste great but has no nutrition value, then we would start to develop an awareness towards food.
Having an awareness is important as it will develop into change and change will develop into a habit.
It starts from excess calories
Look at your plate(if you are eating while reading this). Can you roughly tell how many calories are you consuming right now?
A chicken curry rice like this one can easily provide you with 600-700 calories.
Reminds me of how they used to feed us in the ARMY. A plate of one massive chicken and a mountain of rice. Well, we need them calories cause we spend the day running up and down the hill with heavy weights everywhere.
Do you do that in the office daily? I don’t think so.
Our body has dozens to hundreds of major and minor processes that occur simultaneously without us noticing a single movement of it at all. Even when we are at rest, our body is working hard behind the scenes. Like a 24/7 movie set. A very efficient one too.
Well, a high standard of work requires lots of resources and so that is why our body always runs out of energy fast, signaling to the brain that we need to eat. It is an amazing relationship between the brain and the body.
This relationship is what determine whether we would gain or lose fat. If a human relationship depends on trust, love, and communication, then for our body it’s all about hormones (A chemical messenger) and enzymes(A chemical substance that acts as a catalyst). Some hormones control your appetites like leptin and ghrelin.
The other hormone that is critical for maintaining our weight and energy is insulin.
Insulin is well known as the “fat hormone” for its bad reputation of storing fats even when the body do not need any more of it.
Do not mistake it as a bad hormone, though. Without it, your body will be in serious danger if the level of sugar in your blood is too high.
When we eat food, the carbohydrates found in the food are broken down into Glucose (Blood Sugar). The body sense the presence of sugar in the blood and starts to produce the hormone insulin.
Insulin acts as a gatekeeper opening the doors for glucose to enter the cells. This process supplies us with energy for things like the brain, our tissue, and muscular function when it’s working properly. Any excess is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen (stored glucose).
Words to take note: “When it’s working properly“.
Our body has limited space to store glycogen and its last resort would be to convert it to fat cells and store it in the fat tissues. This is where it starts to get hideous.
That excess glucose from carbohydrates sources like pasta, bread, and rice loves to stick around with you a little longer. Especially around your waist area.
To make things worst, refined carbs, sugary foods, processed foods confuses our body’s relationship with the brain. Things like, white rice, white bread, sweet drinks, fast foods will have harmful impact on our body.
These foods turn into glucose far too quickly causing a huge rush of insulin into the bloodstream. Normally this would cause weight gain and even more hunger and the vicious cycles start – The Beginning of The Wrath of Belly Fat.
Dr Mercola stated that “The problem is that overeating carbohydrates can prevent a higher percentage of fats from being used for energy, and lead to an increase in fat production and storage.” (Cited: Pasta, Not Bacon, Makes You Fat. But How?, February 18, 2012)
Dr Josh Axe also stated that “Processed starches, like white bread or white rice, along with high-sugar foods, are rapidly converted into simple sugars that enter the bloodstream and trigger a larger release of insulin from the pancreas. The result is usually weight gain, plus even more hunger, which leads to continued overeating and a vicious cycle that makes it hard to stop eating sweets.” (Cited: Visceral Fat: What It Is and Why It’s So Dangerous)
While there are more reasons to this mind boggling annoyance that most of us face with (I envy the lucky forever skinny ones), these two main reasons should be the priority in our efforts to reduce fats in our belly or wherever the fats may linger that are obviously unsightly to us all.
Try to keep a lower carbohydrate intake and stop the old habit of filling up your stomach on unhealthy food choices. Yes, I do understand we all have that Lil devil that just had to make us crave for fattening foods. We have to remember that the more processed food we eat, the more unhealthy food we crave for too.
Look into this two points that you will definitely face and work on finding solutions and alternatives to them. You’ll be on your way to having six abs. That is a guarantee.