Tackling Pesky Belly Fat
11th Jun 2018
Every year, on 11th-17th June the world celebrates Men’s Health Week, a time dedicated to raising awareness of issues that are affecting men’s health and wellbeing. One major issue that affects everyone, not just men, is the increased fat that sits around our middles. This is the most stubborn form of fat in our bodies, caused by busy lifestyles, stressful jobs, alcohol and overeating sugary processed foods, belly fat is something that is unavoidable when the lack of access to a healthy diet and regular exercise is present.
There are many men’s health issues that arise from having an increased waistline including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. If you are reading this and your waistline is over 37 inches then now is the time to act.
Many people look for quick fixes to get rid of abdominal fat - but what actually works? Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it.
Sean Hincks, Operations Manager at SenSpa, provides some top tips on how to tackle belly fat head on to gain results quickly:
- Cut down the amount of alcohol consumed
Alcohol contains lots of calories and is the main offender when it comes to pesky belly fat. Men typically store the fat created by surplus calories in their stomach hence the ‘beer belly’. By reducing the amount of alcohol consumed in a week, you will see drastic changes to the size of your belly along with your overall energy levels and appearance.
- Adapt your diet
By making simple changes to your diet will allow you to reduce belly fat. Having a high protein diet will help to avoid you over eating. It’s not just dinner times; add protein to all your meals including breakfast, lunchtime and daily snacks. There is a vast amount of evidence out there highlighting the importance of protein in your diet, along with avoiding sugary drinks. Instead of a glass of orange squash or juice, replace this with a glass of water. consuming water will help you to feel full and flush your body of any toxins
- Reduce your stress levels
Stress causes your body to gain fat because it triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn increases your appetite. You will probably notice how you reach for the chocolate after having a bad day. Take some time out to relax and to switch off from your daily stresses. The Khem Khaeng spa day at SenSpa is designed specifically for men to restore strength and vigour as well as calming your mind, body and soul. Your body will thank you for it.
- Get moving
It’s not just about diet; your body requires regular exercise to rectify the fat stored up.HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat and get your heart rate up. Resistance training, also known as weight lifting or strength training, is important for improving and maintaining muscle mass. It also helps to spike our metabolisms, which means your body burns fat even after you've left the gym.
- Sleep is the best medicine
Sleep plays a huge role in your overall health and wellbeing and studies have proved that those who get less than five hours sleep per night, put on weight. Even if you’re not tired, go to bed early with a book to unwind and help your to relax into a sleepy state or why not try our sleepy bath soak? SenSpa Sleep Therapy Bath Soak is the ultimate bath tool for a deep sleep. Full only of natural ingredients, its kind to skin and soothes the mind.
Here at SenSpa, our treatments specially designed for men aim to ease the wear and tear caused by stress, physical activity, mental exhaustion and exposure to the elements, whether for work or pleasure. With Father’s Day looming, why don’t you treat your Dad to some much needed R&R?
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