By Raven Rosado
Winter is full of holiday spirit, rich, delicious foods, and it is super easy to hide under your cozy sweaters, and puffy winter coats. Now that it’s spring, and you are trading in your goose feather coat for a denim one, it’s time to get in shape.
Most people’s number one problem area is the belly. However, what most people do not know is that a fat belly often means a fatty liver. According to the Harvard Health Letter of Harvard Medical School, The liver metabolizes. So, the key to losing belly fat is losing that fatty liver. Here’s some ways to get that liver at optimal health, and shed that fat.
Drink a mixture of 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, 3 tsp of organic lemon juice, with at least 8 oz of water. These two components detoxify the liver and flushes out harmful toxins.
Pick up some dandelion root! You can get it in supplement form or tea form. The liver loves dandelion. It also detoxifies as well. (For taste add a peppermint tea bag)
Try Intermittent Fasting! It spikes insulin, and it also helps the digestive system immensely. Eat within a 12 hr window. For example, do not eat anything before 8am, and do not eat anything after 8pm. Your meals should only be eaten between 8am-8pm. You may choose your own window as long as it’s 12 hours.
Watch your carbs. Excess carbs can lead to excess fat. There are apps to combat that. My favorite is “My Fitness Pal”. This app tells you how many carbs, protein, fat, and calories you consume in a day. I had a family dinner this past Sunday and it calculated that 50% of my meals for the day were carbohydrates. Now that I know, I will be more mindful of my food choices this week.
Eat foods that are high in fiber. Not only is fiber friends with the liver, it keeps the digestive tract moving, and reduces bloating. Choose fiber rich foods, or additives like flaxseeds and/or chia seeds to your meals. You won’t even taste it.
The best exercise to do is the exercise you are actually going to do. Not everyone can be a gym rat! I personally get bored at the gym. However, that doesn’t stop me from getting my cardio. I choose something fun like dancing. You can burn 200 calories in just 40 minutes by playing the video game “Just Dance”. Choose something that doesn’t feel like working out. You can even burn calories by cleaning up the house. Just stay moving. The “My Fitness Pal” app even counts your steps as well. If you are on a 1,550 calorie diet, and complete 10,000 steps a day (That is not as much as you think) you will average a weightless of 1-2 a week. Always stay moving and choose something that you will not be bored with and give up.
Losing weight does not have to be as difficult as many of us make it. Completing a few life style changes can result in a great outcome. Consistency is key. If you make these changes, you will definitely see some results! You deserve that summer body that you have dreamed about all winter long. Get off the couch and let’s get started before the temperature reaches 80!
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