How to Get Rid of Upper Belly Fat
Dieter’s teas may have green or black tea as an ingredient, but most of them don't contain real tea; rather they're made from a blend of herbs. According to the labels on several brands, these teas cleanse toxins from your body, which is supposed to support your weight-loss efforts. But such claims aren't backed by evidence to date, reports NYU Langone Medical Center. Their labels often carry reminders that weight loss depends on restricting calories and getting regular exercise. Some even come with a sample menu or healthy diet recommendations. You’ll also notice that the label warns you to carefully follow the directions. This is because many dieter’s teas share one common ingredient -- senna -- which is a strong laxative.
"I started to drink [this] tea [recommended by my mother's] friend. It took one year to get down from 140 pounds to 80 pounds. It sounds weird, but it actually happened to me. I am so happy." SO many of the accounts were similarly shocking. I started to question what would happen once the tea arrived and I began my detox. Should a 140-pound woman strive to weigh 80 pounds? How could that be healthy? Was this a dangerous product? Concerns flooded my brain.
This fermented Chinese tea can literally shrink the size of your fat cells! To discover the brew’s fat-crusading powers Chinese researchers divided rats into five groups and fed them varying diets over a two month period. In addition to a control group, there was a group given a high-fat diet with no tea supplementation and three additional groups that were fed a high-fat diet with varying doses of pu-erh tea extract. The researchers found that the tea significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in the high-fat diet groups. Although sipping the tea could have slightly different outcomes in humans, we think these findings are promising enough that it’s still well worth your while to fix yourself a steaming hot cup. To look and feel your best in 24 hours flat, combine your pu-erh habit with our Ultimate One-Day Detox.
Consuming bilberries, a northern European cousin to the blueberry, may help reduce bloat-inducing inflammation, according to a study published in the journal *Molecular Nutrition & Food Research*. To come to these findings, researchers divided participants into two groups; one group was given a diet that included an equivalent of 1.5 cups of blueberries, while the other group followed a control diet that didn’t include the fruit. At the end of the experiment, the bilberry-eating group had significantly less inflammation than their counterparts who didn’t munch on the berry. Since the fruit is native to Northern Europe, it isn’t widely available in the US. To reap the benefits, enjoy a few cups of bilberry tea.
Another reason green tea won't melt away your belly fat? Because losing fat from a specific part of your body — called "spot reduction" — unfortunately does not exist. When you take in fewer calories than you burn, you burn fat from all over your body. And if you're predisposed to storing fat in your midsection, you might see differences in your arms, legs and hips before you lose a large amount of body fat.
Catechins are also credited for green tea’s cancer-fighting potential. These antioxidants have the ability to block the action of molecules called free radicals, which can cause changes in healthy cells that sometimes lead to cancer. But there’s no solid proof yet that the catechins in green tea help to prevent cancer in humans, despite some promising studies in test tubes and animals.
Nuts are an excellent way to curb hunger between meals. They're high in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Studies suggest nuts can promote weight loss and improve cholesterol levels when eaten in moderation. They're also rich in calories, so limit your portions. If you have to get them out of their shell, you'll slow down and not eat as much.
Open any fitness magazine, and it’s clear: high intensity interval training (HIIT) is having a bit of a moment. But when it comes to your shrinking your belly, the start-and-stop exercise strategy won’t get you anywhere … other than into a larger pair of pants, researchers say. A study published in the Journal of Obesity found people who performed interval training on an exercise bike for 24 minutes three days a week, actually gained 0.7 percent abdominal fat over a 12-week period. Beware of Products Promising Miracle Weight Loss