Tuesday, 25 August 2015


Evidence-based ways to burn belly fat and lose weight for long term benefits.
In the advent of increased socioeconomic status in the society, physical fitness has been a subject of concern for many people with a calculated move to shed off extra pounds and improve the general appearance. A sedentary lifestyle has been on the rise leading to less calorific expenditure and a concomitant statistical rise in overweight and obesity.

Overweight and obesity have been implicated with the emergence of disease burden like altered cholesterol level with low HDL-cholesterol and high LDL-cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep breathing problems and obesity hyperventilated syndrome.[1]

  • Low-calorie intake.
Weight loss and maintaining weight loss are the primary objectives of overweight and obesity. 
Lack of caloric balance is the primary cause of overweight and obesity. A high-calorie diet with low-calorie expenditure will lead to weight gain and vise versa. [2]
There is no firm conclusion on ways to achieve a low-calorie diet but PubMed denotes that a low-fat diet has proven to be more effective than other conventional low-calorie diets. [12]

There is a common misguided attempt whereby other than taking water, there is a willful nutritional intake restriction for more than 12 hours when one is awake. However, a lot of fat will be burned to supply energy to the body with associated loss of weight, it is a temporal solution and detrimental to ones' health status.[3]

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  • Physical activity.
According to PubMed, aerobic exercises like jogging at moderate intensity yield negligible weight loss. As a result, high-intensity intermittent exercise was developed backed with a huge body of evidence that they help to burn subcutaneous and abdominal fat. For example, the Wingate test was done on a cycle ergometer with hard resistance. These High-Intensity Intermittent Exercises (HIIE) results in elevated catecholamines e.g noradrenaline which helps in the breakdown of both subcutaneous and intramuscular fat, especially in the abdomen. [4]

  • Dietary coconut oil supplementation.
According to PubMed, dietary supplementation with coconut oil enhances a reduction in abdominal adiposity as compared to other types of oils without affecting the lipid profile. [5]
Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride.[7] Studies have shown that Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) enhances excess calorie burning, increases fat oxidation and increases satiety. [6]

  •  Green tea catechins
People who have embarked on High intensive intermittent exercise on the grounds of shedding off extra pounds can enhance this anticipated result by taking green tea beverages during their program. According to PubMed, green tea catechin consumption during intense intermittent exercise will have an influence on the abdominal fat and triglycerides.[8]

Another article by PubMed denotes that green tea and caffeine have been proposed to be essential in weight loss programs. Catechins and caffeine- which may be contained in green tea mixture- enhances the body's energy expenditure, fat oxidation and maintains normal metabolic rate during this transition of losing weight. [9]

  • Quality protein in the diet. 
Increasing the consumption of quality protein in diet frequently throughout the day helps to decrease the total amount of body fat and abdominal fat. [10]
In another study published in PubMed to establish the relationship of quality protein, carbohydrate and dietary fat with the percentage of central abdominal fat. The study found out that there is an inverse relationship of the quality of proteins consumed to the total amount of central abdominal fat. [11]

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2. What Causes Overweight and Obesity? National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. National Institute of Health. Viewed at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/causes. Viewed on: 05/06/2015.
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7. Medium-Chain Triglycerides. Coconut Research Center, Coconut oil and medium-chain triglycerides by Bruce Fite N.D, 2003. Viewed at: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10612.htm.  viewed on: 05/06/2015.
8. Green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced abdominal fat loss in overweight and obese adults. - PubMed - NCBI. By Maki KC 1, Reeves MS, Farmer M, Yasunaga K, Matsuo N, Katsuragi Y, Komikado M, Tokimitsu I, Wilder D, Jones F, Blumberg JB, Cartwright Y. Epub: 2008 Dec 11.
Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19074207. Viewed on: 05/06/2015.
9. Green tea catechins, caffeine, and body-weight regulation PubMed- NCBI. By; Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Physiol Behav. 2010 Apr 26;100(1):42-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.02.005. Epub 2010 Feb 13. Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20156466. Viewed on; 05/06/2015.
10. Increased protein intake and meal frequency reduce abdominal fat during energy balance and energy deficit. -PubMed - NCBI. By: Arciero PJ 1, Ormsbee MJ, Gentile CL, Nindl BC, Brestoff JR, Ruby M. Epub: 2013 May 23. Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23703835. Viewed on 05/06/2015.
11. Quality protein intake is inversely related to abdominal fat. PubMed- NCBI. BY Loenneke JP, Wilson JM, Manninen AH, Wray ME, Barnes JT, Pujol TJ. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Jan 27;9(1):5. DOI: 10.1186/1743-075-9-5. Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22284338. Viewed on: 05/06/2015.
12. Low-calorie diets and sustained weight loss, obesity Research-PubMed.gov. By Finer N. 2001 Nov, 9. Viewed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11707556.