How to lose belly fat successfully

November 12, 2012

How to lose belly fat successfully

Many of us have excess weight we would like to lose in order to improve our health as well as our appearance. Recent studies have shown that whichever method we choose to lose belly fat and excess weight, our vascular function is immediately improved. Research showed that improved and increased blood flow was a direct result of belly fat loss – due to improvements in arterial elasticity.

Low carb versus low fat

These studies also showed that participants following a low-carb diet lost more weight than those following a low-fat diet – around an extra ten pounds. It is widely known, and understood, that excess weight increases the risk of heart disease – what is now realised is that excess fat around the belly, above the waist, also increases that risk. These factors make it more necessary to lose belly fat.

The recent study

The recent study involved sixty men and women weighing an average of 215 pounds who needed to lose belly fat. Thirty participants followed a low-carb diet plan and the remainder a low-fat diet, each type of diet provided a similar amount of calories and the volunteers also took part in moderate exercise during the study.

Prior to the study the researchers conducted blood flow tests on all the volunteers in order to determine the health of their blood vessels both before and after the study. Blood flow is tested by constriction of the circulation in the upper arm, with a blood pressure cuff, for a period of five minutes. Following a blood flow test a healthy artery will expand in order to allow more blood to flow – researchers measure the blood flow rate to the fingertips before, during, and after this procedure – which then gives an indication of the vascular health of the individual.

The results of this study showed that the volunteers who were able to lose belly fat because of the diet and exercise had a corresponding improvement in arterial function.

The scientists believe that the improvement in arterial function was directly related to the amount of belly fat lost by each volunteer.

This study showed similar results for both low-carb weight loss plans and low-fat weight loss plans – this allays previous fears that a low-carb diet maybe harmful to heart health due to the excess fat in the diet. The conclusion of this study is that a low carb diet causes no harmful side effects. This study appears to show that for those who wish to lose belly fat a low-carb is as beneficial as a low fat diet.

Dietary differences

Those volunteers who followed a low-carb diet as part of this study consumed around 40% of their calorie intake via fat contained in meat, dairy products, and nuts; 30% of their calorie intake was provided by carbohydrates in bread, pasta, and fruit.

Those volunteers following the low-fat dietary program consumed less than 30% of their calories from fat and around 55% from carbohydrates.

Volunteers on the low-carb diet appeared to lose more weight, more quickly than those on the low-fat diets – this confirms the findings of other studies. However, researchers also point out that higher levels of carbohydrate consumption can slow the loss of body fat whilst following a weight loss program.

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