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Six Simple Steps to Help Lose Belly Fat

Friday, October 6th 2023 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The ongoing struggle against excess body weight, once often seen as a matter of mere vanity, has now emerged as a potent means to decrease the risk of mortality due to various causes, particularly heart attacks. Recent research even suggests that abdominal obesity, referred to clinically as central obesity, gauged by the hip-to-waist ratio, might carry more significance than blood lipids (commonly known as “cholesterol”) and even active smoking in gauging heart attack risk.

With this perspective in mind, the following half-dozen “dietary recommendations” assume an even more significant role in maintaining overall health.

Utilizing Coconut Oil for Fat Reduction

Coconut Oil – Currently, there are two human clinical studies indicating that including coconut oil in your diet can effectively and safely reduce fat around the midsection for both men and women. In the women’s study, participants ingested two tablespoons of coconut oil (30 ml) each day for 12 weeks, resulting in reduced waist circumference and elevated levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol. Similarly, obese men in another study consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil daily in divided doses before meals for a month, leading to an average reduction of over an inch (2.86 cm) in waist circumference without any detrimental changes in blood lipids.

Harnessing the Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea – Often referred to as “the medicine turned beverage,” green tea is associated with potential benefits in more than 200 health conditions, with obesity being a key area of interest. A study in 2009 published in the journal Obesity found that consuming green tea rich in catechins was safe and effective in reducing weight, including a decrease of over two inches in waist circumference, for moderately overweight subjects.

Sunlight’s Role in Fat Metabolism

Sunlight – A 2011 study in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology uncovered an intriguing metabolic phenomenon: exposure of the skin to UV light increased metabolism of subcutaneous fat. Although subcutaneous fat is not considered a cardiovascular risk factor, deficiency in vitamin D, a well-known byproduct of sunlight, is associated with greater visceral fat. Furthermore, research has established a link between vitamin D deficiency and obesity, emphasizing the importance of UVB radiation exposure for producing vitamin D and potentially aiding in midsection fat reduction.

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