Many of us can be reasonably slim and keep active lives, but still struggle with the issue of belly fat. The fat our our belly is referred to as visceral fat and can be harmful, it's a major risk to type 2 diabetes and heart desease among other conditions.
Belly fat is something that many of us are affected, it can make our clothes feel tight and affect our confidence. Not only does it affect our confidence but can also be bad for our health. The good news is that there are things that we can do to give us the confidence we want.
Belly fat can be stubborn to get rid, but a change in lifestyle can get you results.
Cut Down on Alcohol
Excessive drinking has been linked to increased belly fat. You don't need to give up altogether, but results in a reduced belly fat were seen in those that drank an average of less than 1 drink a day. So if you are feeling that you are drinking too much set yourself some goals to have some alcohol free days and to limit yourself to 1 drink.
Complement Cycling with Weight Training
Both training with weights and cardio exercise can help you with your health and loose belly fat. Strength training is beneficial for maintaining and building your muscle mass and reducing your waist size.
Eat a High Protein Diet
Protein along with weight training can raise your metabolic rate and helps you retain muscle during weight loss. It will also help you feel fuller and more satisfied. It is possible to maintain a high protein diet with a vegan diet. Good sources of protein are:
Whey protein (or vegan alternative)
Reduce Your Stress Levels
If you are exercising regularly and eating well and you are still gaining belly fat, the problem could be stress or over training. Engage in meditation and have some me time to unwind. Ensure you take regular rest days to recover from hard training on the bike. Mental and physical stress can effect us negatively.
Ensure you are getting enough sleep
Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep tend to gain more weight. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours a night. If you are exercising a lot you will need more sleep.
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