How to Lose Belly Fat

Beyonce's body is celebrated for her curves, not her thinness.

Beyonce’s body is celebrated for her curves, not her thinness.

Some studies suggest a shoulder-to-waist ratio of 1.6 is most attractive to women.

Some studies suggest a shoulder-to-waist ratio of 1.6 in men is most attractive to potential sexual partners.

The Waist Is All That Matters.

Focus on your waist size and good things will follow. At least that’s what evolutionary psychologists find when studying male and female preferences in sexual partners. Regardless of the viewer’s gender or sexual preference, in Western cultures people generally prefer in men a narrow waist and broad shoulders (a low waist-shoulder ratio), and in women a narrow waist and broad hips (a low waist-hip ratio). Not only does a slim waist make more people want to have sex with you, but it’s also a reliable indicator of good health.

A reasonable goal is to have a waist circumference equal to about half our height.

Focus On The Omentum.

The Omentum is an apron of fat surrounding the organs.

The Omentum is an apron of fat surrounding the organs.

The Omentum is an apron of fat surrounding the stomach. You cannot grab it from the outside. When you see someone with a protruding belly, you’re seeing a massive amount of visceral fat – the Omentum – encrusted on that person’s organs. This fat is linked increased cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s massive, it’s active, and it’s dangerous.

The Omentum Has An Agenda.

The Omentum is an abundant source of bad energy. It constantly sends fat to the heart via the liver, causing both organs to become heavier and harder over time, leading to heart disease, liver cirrhoses, and fatty liver disease. Fat cells are also more prone to turning cancerous, so the smaller the Omentum, the better.

How to Shrink The Omentum:

The only way to shrink the Omentum – and thus the waist – is through diet. As we’ve written earlier, it’s simple carbohydrates (added sugar, flour, white bread, etc) and new forms of wheat that make us fatter. Certainly other factors are at play; some believe that the antibiotics fed to chicken and pigs to make them grow faster can cause obesity in humans as well, so unless we’re eating a plant-based diet, we flirt with inevitable weight gain.

To calculate the waist-to-hip ratio, divide the circumference of the waist by that of the hip. Women should aim for a ratio of under 0.80. Men should aim for a ration of under 0.95.

To calculate the waist-to-hip ratio, divide the circumference of the waist by that of the hip. Women should aim for a ratio of under 0.80. Men should aim for a ratio of under 0.95.

That said, take these steps to shrink the Omentum:

  • Don’t eat simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are foods like pasta, white rice, food with added sugar, and sugar itself. Complex carbohydrates are good, though. These include fruits and vegetables. 
  • Don’t drink sugary or sweetened drinks. This includes sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices.
  • Limit alcohol. If you must drink, instead of beer, wine and mixed drinks, just have spirits with no mixers.
  • Do brief, intense workouts every day.
  • Do drink plenty of water.
  • Do sleep, and get to bed before midnight. Try to get as much sleep as your body needs, which, for most of us is between 7.5 and 8 hours each night.

 

 

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  • SG

    In that picture, (and all pictures of Beyonce, mostly Photoshopped) Beyonce has a completely flat stomach. The average woman with “curves” looks noticeably different as it is extremely difficult to have curves in only the “right” places without extreme exercise and diet that the average person does not have access to. Beyonce (and Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, etc) ARE thin. I highly doubt any of them would be considered beautiful if they weren’t.

  • Power 20

    While Beyonce is not average, she does represent an improvement on recent American beauty standards that have favored the ultra thin. Certainly not everyone can achieve Beyonce’s figure (maybe not even Beyonce, as you point out), but the point of the post is that belly fat is unhealthy and dangerous, so we should eat, exercise, and manage stress in a way that minimizes belly fat. A beneficial side effect is that slim waists seem to be aesthetically appealing. Meanwhile, the American “average” has veered into unhealthy territory, with 69% of us being overweight (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm). Average is not a good indicator of health.

  • SG

    Yes, belly fat is unhealthy. My comment was mostly to address that the picture may be harmful to women who are trying to look better, but will likely never look like Beyonce. Power 20 is a great way to be healthy, I was just pointing out that women are bombarded with images of so-called perfect bodies constantly and it can negatively affect self-esteem.