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How to lose visceral fat: Two drinks to completely avoid if you want to shrink that belly

A waistline bigger than 94cm (37 inches) typically represents a harmful amount of internal fat that is now bulging outwards. To shed the belly fat, it’s important to look at your diet. Dietician Maya Aboukhater put it bluntly: “If you want to reduce your belly fat, you’ll need to burn more calories (energy) than you consume.” Aboukhater suggests cutting out two types of drinks: sport drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The best drink to consume when you’re trying to lose belly fat is water.

As a dietician, Aboukhater also emphasised the importance of what you feed your body (as well as what you choose to hydrate it with).

“Make sure you eat a balanced diet,” she said. “Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.”

She does recommend choosing reduced-fat dairy, and eating more beans, pulses, fish and eggs.

For those who’d like to feel fuller for longer, so you’re not tempted to graze on treats, it’s encouraged to eat more protein.

“If you include a lean source of protein – such as skinless white chicken – in your meals, you may find that you’re not as hungry, and so eat less,” said Aboukhater.

Protein options:

  • Chicken breast
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Red lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Brown bread
  • Nuts
  • Soya.

“And remember that a portion of protein is about as big as the palm of your hand,” Aboukhater pointed out.

Interestingly, Aboukhater stated “as we get older, we need less calories to keep our body working well”.

She explained: “Changes to our hormones during this time mean that we start to lose muscle and gain fat.

“This makes it harder to keep to a healthy weight but that’s not to say it’s impossible.

“In fact, people who are aged 65 and over are healthier than their ancestors and are living longer.”

One key way to work off that excess belly fat while you’re adjusting your diet is to exercise.

“Any form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is good for you,” said Aboukhater.

The best combination involves resistance (strength) training and cardiovascular exercise.

“Resistance training has also been shown to reduce fat around your tummy area,” she added.

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How to lose visceral fat: The warm drink proven to shrink belly fat within 12 weeks

There are two main types of fat in the body – visceral and subcutaneous fat. The former has far more sinister implications because it is stored near vital organs in the body, such as the liver and intestines. An accumulation of visceral fat can therefore interfere with bodily functions, giving rise to chronic complications, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately, you can reduce visceral fat by drinking catechin-enriched green tea, research suggests.

Catechins are plant chemicals that are thought to contribute to the beneficial effects ascribed to tea.

The effects of catechin-enriched green tea on Chinese adults with a high proportion of abdominal visceral fat were evaluated in a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

Subjects were randomly assigned to consume daily a beverage containing 609.3 mg of catechins and 68.7 mg caffeine or a control beverage for 12 weeks.

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“Thus, consumption of the catechin-enriched green tea beverage for 12 weeks induced visceral fat loss in Chinese adults with a high proportion of abdominal visceral fat,” the researchers concluded.

The exact mechanisms that link green tea consumption to fat reductions are still being investigated.

However, data from laboratory studies have shown that green tea has important roles in fat metabolism by reducing food intake.

The data also suggests green tea suppresses adipogenesis – the process by which fat-laden cells, that is, adipocytes, develop and accumulate.

Other key dietary tips

If you want to reduce your belly fat, you’ll need to burn more calories (energy) than you consume, and eat the right kinds of food.

According to Bupa, you should make sure you eat a balanced diet.

“Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg each day, and include higher-fibre starchy foods in meals,” advises the health body.

Other key tips include:

  • Have some reduced-fat dairy or soya drinks fortified in calcium
  • Eat more beans, pulses, fish and eggs
  • Eat small amounts of unsaturated oil
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water each day
  • Avoid adding salt or sugar to your meals.

In addition to improving your diet, you should engage in regular exercise.

According to Harvard Health, the “starting point” for bringing weight under control, in general, and combating abdominal fat, in particular, is regular moderate-intensity physical activity.

You should do at least 30 minutes per day (and perhaps up to 60 minutes per day) to control weight and lose belly fat, advises the health body.

“Strength training (exercising with weights) may also help fight abdominal fat,” it adds.

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India’s economy may shrink amid soaring Covid-19 cases, analysts warn

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This post originally appeared on RT Business News

The latest surge of coronavirus cases in India is likely to drag down Asia’s third largest economy, which has yet to recover from the pandemic-driven slowdown last year, economists say, revising earlier forecasts.

India reported another 323,144 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s cumulative Covid cases to more than 17.6 million. Some states have introduced partial lockdowns or harsh restrictions, such as curfews.

The first quarter of the fiscal year that begins in April is “clearly going to see a sequential growth hit,” according to Sonal Varma, chief economist (India) at Nomura, as quoted by CNBC. The analyst projects the country’s GDP to shrink by about 1.5% from April through June.

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“There is a downside risk to this number, given the extended lockdowns we are seeing across states, but we do still think it’s going to be a double-digit growth for India,” the analyst told the media.

However, the economy may grow only 25% against the fiscal first quarter of last year, as India’s GDP contracted nearly 24% in the same period in 2020.

“We might still be able to eke out a double-digit growth,” Radhika Rao, an economist at DBS, said, echoing Varma’s sentiment.

DBS expects the Indian economy to grow by 10.5% for the full fiscal year that ends in March 2022.

“I might have to bring [my prediction] down by half a percent or a percent in the coming weeks, depending on how restrictive the restrictions are going to be,” Rao said.

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She added that “some kind of recovery” is expected to emerge in the July-to-September period: “Last year’s example also showed that, once the numbers start to peak off and recede, economic activity certainly tends to come back because of pent-up savings, because of pent-up demand.”

Rao also pointed out that the current restrictions are more localized, and concentrated on the services side, in comparison with those imposed during the first wave of infections.

“We have enough anecdotal evidence of factories in the state of Maharashtra which are able to operate at 100% capacity despite the lockdowns,” she said.

Maharashtra, where the country’s financial capital, Mumbai, is located, has become the epicenter of India’s second Covid wave.

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