4 Healthy Drinks to Reduce Belly Fat: Expert Shares

Body mass index BMI, has been the tool for assessing healthy body weight. Research has now shown that BMI alone is not enough, we need to know our body composition BCA to find out how much fat vs muscle we carry and waist to hip ratio, which is now seen as a critical indicator of health. An AW/H ratio of >0.9 for men and >0.85 for women is an indication of abdominal fat. When we accumulate belly fat, we actually increase both subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the overhanging abdomen that we can hold on to while visceral fat sits deep inside and fills the space between our organs in the abdominal space. The later, visceral fat, is of greater concern and is associated with a higher risk of CVD, DM and cancer. It is also linked to increased LDL, lower HDL cholesterol and insulin resistance.

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While losing excess weight is important, losing belly fat is critical and also a bit difficult. It needs a disciplined regimen, including diet, but more importantly, a targeted exercise program. So while there are no shortcuts, some commonly consumed drinks have been found to have a positive effect and support belly fat loss. With winter just around the corner and gajar ka halwa, hot sweet tea and an increased appetite are just around the corner to take us off track, try replacing it with these drinks:

Drinks To Lose Belly Fat:

1. Green Tea:

The health quotient is well researched and documented. Its role in overall weight loss has also been well researched. Green tea is rich in antioxidant polyphenols. Catechins, especially EGCGs (epigallocatechin gallate), have a strong positive correlation with fat oxidation in humans, even in the body at rest. A Chinese study found that green tea helped reduce visceral fat. It also helps to fill you up, preventing hunger pangs, reducing overall calorie intake. Cold winter days and a perfectly warm cup of health!

2. Cinnamon Tea:

Cinnamon is a spice with a number of health benefits. It is very effective in regulating blood sugar levels and reducing insulin resistance (IR). IR is one of the main causes of increased fat deposition in the abdomen. Cinnamon is helpful for anxiety, which in turn lowers the stress hormone cortisol. There is well-documented evidence that high cortisol levels support the deposition of abdominal fat and a craving for high-fat and sugary foods. Cinnamon is also a metabolism booster, has a sweet taste and is also very good for heart health. A well-researched spice that has been used for centuries for its health benefits. A cup of cinnamon tea not only helps to get rid of the extra fat but also boosts your immune system. Perfect drink for winter health.

3. Coffee:

A recent study published on Research Gate examined participants for the effect of continuous coffee consumption on body fat, specifically visceral fat. They found that a moderate intake of coffee, 3 cups a day, showed a significant change in the reduction of body fat, especially visceral fat. The polyphenols in coffee — chlorogenic acids — have been shown to reduce belly fat. There are a number of studies showing similar results. Coffee contains caffeine, a natural energy booster, but again, moderate intake is sufficient. 2-3 cups of black coffee without sugar is a good way to start the belly fat loss.

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4. Honey:

Again a warm cozy drink to cheer you up in winter. Metabolic syndrome MetS, is a growing public health problem. Obesity is an important risk factor for this especially W/H ratio and visceral obesity. Honey has been observed in animal studies to prevent weight gain and also a decrease in body fat percentage. A similar pattern has been observed in human trials. Honey is also known to energize the body and thus prevent hunger pangs. Being a good antioxidant, it counteracts the oxidative stress caused by visceral fat cells.

While these amazing hot drinks will add a lot of health and no extra calories to your day, a healthy lifestyle and regular targeted exercise is still necessary to lose the belly fat.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV claims no responsibility for this information.

4 Healthy Drinks to Reduce Belly Fat: Expert Shares

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