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14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Lose Belly Fat

Proven Ways to Lose Belly Fat

8. Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress can make you gain belly fat by triggering the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.”

Research shows high cortisol levels increase appetite and drive abdominal fat storage (4243).

What’s more, women who already have a large waist tend to produce more cortisol in response to stress. Increased cortisol further adds to fat gain around the middle (44).

To help reduce belly fat, engage in pleasurable activities that relieve stress. Practicing yoga or meditation can be effective method.

9. Avoid Foods That Contain Trans Fats

Trans fats are created by pumping hydrogen into unsaturated fats such as soybean oil.

They’re found in some kinds of margarine and spreads, and they’re also added to some packaged foods.


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These fats have been linked to inflammation, heart disease, insulin resistance and abdominal fat gain in observational and animal studies (4546).

To help reduce belly fat and protect your health, read ingredient labels carefully and stay away from products that contain trans fats.

These are often listed as “partially hydrogenated” fats.

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