3. You Have to Quit Sugar
Sugar naturally occurs in foods, such as fruits, dairy and vegetables. While you should keep your fruit portions small, these are not the sugars you need to worry about. Added sugars have been linked to obesity and belly fat. A study published in a 2013 issue of “Obesity” evaluated the relationship between added sugar and cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that can increase belly fat due to more cortisol receptor being in that area.
The results of the study found that there is a relationship between sugar intake and cortisol. The researchers state that cortisol was significantly related to visceral adipose tissue, which is the dangerous kind of belly fat.
Added sugar is also very high in calories, a few sweets or small candy bars a day could result in an extra 2 to 5 pounds per week. Just one snack binge could effect several weeks of your weight loss efforts. If you feel the need to chew on something try air-popped popcorn. Not with sugar of course.. you will be surprised how great mixed herbs taste with popcorn.
By cutting down your sugar intake, you should be able to see weight loss results and your waist size shrink. One quick way to reduce your sugar intake is by replacing fizzy drinks and fruit juice with water. If your really craving something sweet eat a few grapes or sugar substitutes.