Visceral fat, which is found inside the body around the abdominal area, is a harmful fat that can increase people’s risk for significant medical problems. So how can people get rid of their growing bellies?
A doctor shared three ways people can tackle it and live a healthier, visceral fat-free lifestyle.
Dr Dimple Jangda, a Ayurveda (a natural system of medicine that originated in India) and gut health coach, claimed meal times really do help to burn fat successfully.
Avoid eating big meals after sunset
This has long been a weight loss technique but there have been studies that have found the time in which a person eats doesn’t influence their weight.
But Dr Jangda disagreed, saying: “Remember that your body’s metabolic fire directly corresponds to the position of the sun. It rises with the sun and sets with the sun.
“Your body does not produce digestive juices and your metabolism starts dropping after sunset and whatever you eat sits in your tummy undigested turning into metabolic waste and then gets digested the next morning when the metabolism is up.
“Any food that we eat post sunset leads to accumulation of undigested metabolic waste which eventually turns into toxins.”
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Eat digestion-friendly foods
To get rid of visceral fat, the doctor suggested consuming foods that are easy to digest.
This means avoiding foods that tend to sit in the stomach for a long time, such as fatty foods like chips, burgers and fried foods, which can lead to stomach pain and heartburn.
This NHS also stated to cut back on greasy fried foods to ease the stomach’s workload.
They encouraged people to eat more lean meat and fish, drink skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, and grill rather than fry foods.
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Dr Jangda also recommended eating the following foods for easy digestion:
Fruit – takes around three hours to digest
Vegetables – takes six hours in your system
Grains, pulses, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, and dairy products – take a total of 18 hours in your system
He suggested for those trying to lose weight to cut out dairy products or switch to plant-based milk.
“Stay away from meat, seafood, and eggs as they have no inbuilt digestive enzymes and can take over 72 hours to get fully digested,” he warned.
The health expert laid out how much of each food type people should be eating to ensure they are consuming a balanced diet and losing weight.
50 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables
30 percent of grains pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds
20 percent of condiments, such as oil, butter, salt, spices and herbs.