Top 9 tips for vegetarians to lose belly fat.
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Our digestive system is also known as our second brain, it is at the very centre of our core health. Optimal gut bacterial environment and digestive system function is the key to a healthier body. You could be eating the cleanest nutrition rich foods but if your body doesn’t digest it properly, no nutrients are absorbed. Resulting in, fat built up and water retention.
To know how to lose belly fat as a vegan or vegetarian and long lasting results, here are some tips:-
Vinegar with meals has proven to be a remedy for diabetes, as it helps control blood sugar levels, blood pressure and inflammation. If sugar is a drug that weakens our body, vinegar is the tool to combat it. Effects of acetic acid (the main component of vinegar) for fat loss are popular in recent culture.
Be it balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar, adding in vinegar in our grocery list is much cheaper than a diabetic drug in our daily schedule.
Aim to get (no more) than a tbsp with your dinner and lunch. Vinager is strong, please do not have it raw. Mix it with 250 ml water or use it as a seasoning on salads.
2. More lentils and fuller lentils
Research has shown that people who incorporate two servings of lentils per day have a smaller waist/ hip ratio. Lentil’s like green moong, urad dal, masoor dal, toor dal, chana, chickpeas, etc. are filling and yet low in calories.They help maintain blood sugar levels and flatten the belly.
These pulses need to be enjoyed unprocessed. A moong dal halwa with loads of sugar or dal fried with a lot of tadka is not the ideal way to consume it.
Instead, re- doing our breakfast list by incorporating chana chats, Moong chats with a side drink of Dal Paani. During lunch a salad is a staple, so why not get in an overnight soaked dal in the salad.?
Different Indian cultures have different ways of using daals, and now we know why our ancestors have been emphasising so much on Daal.
3. Peppermint Tea
Tea is becoming the latest coping mechanism; Bored? Want something to sip on? Get some tea or coffe.
But instead of piling on endless spoons of sugar and dairy, why not try herbal tea’s. You’ll be hooked on to this soothing and healing magic. Phudina (peppermint) helps maintain optimal body fat according to this study. Simply boil some phudina leaves in water and you have it! Add sliced apples for more flavor (personal tip!)
Cinnamon, ginger powder, fenugreek powder, cumin, cloves, lime juice, long pepper, black pepper, turmeric or any other favourite herb can be infused with water along with peppermint.
Sip on this nourishing tea a few times per day.
4. A teaspoon of Chia a day keeps fat away.
While there is some research on chai seeds and fatloss, the main benefit of these is healthy fats. Fat’s fill you up and keep you full for longer periods. Thus, having this with a meal often means you are less likely to munch of mindless snacking in a few hours.
Grounded Chia seeds can be dusted on salads on sabzi’s. Ground chia seed powder is better for absorption than the whole seeds.
5. Pump up your cardio.
Moderate intensity steady state Cardio, is a form that is perfectly doable. Cardio that doesn’t make you feel out of breath but stimulates the muscle’s.
This could be either brisk walking, cycling, relaxed swimming or even a yoga session or just couple rounds of Surya Namaskara.
Steady state cardio for 40-60 minutes, empty stomach is ideal. However, anytime works just as well. Read the below article I wrote to understand more:
6. Flax seeds
Flax seeds have proven to be a low-cost nutrition that significantly helps to drop fat and cholesterol levels. The way flax work is by suppressing your appetite so you do not over eat. Read this study for more info.
Salted and toasted seeds go really well with porridge, smoothie, salads, pot meals even by itself.
Mukhwas/ Mouth freshers could be another great way to get them in. Fennel seeds and flax seeds are another great combination to snack on after meals.
7. Get a food sensitivity test done
Often times, one might feel that they are doing everything right and yet not seeing results.
Some of the hardest to diagnose illness are allergies and sensitivities. Foods we are sensitive to cause bloating and disturb our digestion. You could try an elimination diet (google it) or get a food sensitivity test done.
The risk of not treating such sensitivities can be chronic and devastative. Nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, hives, heartburn, chest tightness, abdominal pain, diarrhoea are typical symptoms.
Once you identify and remove reactionary foods from your diet, your body is able to resume normal function and operate at peak performance. Inflammation, migraine headaches, irritable bowel, weight gain, brain fog, sluggishness are also some of the effects of such food sensitivities.
Body fat is body’s way of storing energy i.e. calories. When we don't eat anything, the body changes several things to make the stored energy more accessible.
This has to do with changes in nervous system activity, as well as a major change in several crucial hormones. Fasting dramatically forces your body to break down stored fat.
Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating, where you fast for 12- 16 hours (sleeping most of them) and eat only in the remaining window. Fasting for shorter duration also boost metabolism.
Furthermore, a 24 hour fast every other can be beneficial for some. Read the below blog to know more.
9. Golden Tea with golden rules
Staring the tea with this unique Golden tea is a great tip to help you fight bloating
Just by making lifestyle changes alone the body will start losing a few pounds. Couple the same with a good exercise routine and give your body some love and attention, in no time will you see getting into shape easily and quickly.
Knowing the knowledge is not enough, the application is important. Here’s a sample checklist to help you get started. I insist you take a printout of the same and paste it on your work station to keep yourself accountable at all times.
(Co-Authored by SEO Singh.)
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