By say­ing good­bye to extra pounds, you not only get your body in shape, but also improve your health.

When it comes to los­ing weight, the most impor­tant thing to pay atten­tion to is a type of fat called vis­cer­al fat, which is locat­ed on the abdomen. It is dan­ger­ous because it grows around your organs and can increase your risk of devel­op­ing cer­tain dis­eases. This is why man­ag­ing vis­cer­al fat can be an impor­tant part of pre­vent­ing age-relat­ed dis­eases.

Here are some tips from nutri­tion­ists to help you get rid of bel­ly fat.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day

If you don’t get enough flu­ids, you may expe­ri­ence irri­tabil­i­ty, hunger, blad­der, heart and kid­ney prob­lems, and lack of ener­gy, to name a few. So if you want to instill health­i­er habits, start by drink­ing water.

“Drink­ing water will help keep you full so you eat less, and it will also help keep your skin young and healthy by flush­ing out tox­ins from your body,” dietit­ian Janet Cole­man tells Eat This, Not That!.

Eat more vegetables

When it comes to eat­ing healthy to slow down aging, veg­eta­bles should­n’t be neglect­ed. “Veg­eta­bles are rich in antiox­i­dants, vit­a­mins, min­er­als and fiber, all of which help keep you young and healthy,” says Cole­man. Veg­eta­bles should be includ­ed in every meal when­ev­er pos­si­ble because they are low in calo­ries and high in nutri­ents. The nutri­tion­ist also rec­om­mends eat­ing a vari­ety of veg­eta­bles such as broc­coli, cab­bage, spinach, pep­pers, toma­toes, car­rots and onions. Don’t lim­it your­self to one type of veg­etable at a time.

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Practice intermittent fasting

The only time “skip­ping break­fast” is jus­ti­fied is if you inten­tion­al­ly try the inter­mit­tent fast­ing method after the approval of a doc­tor or nutri­tion­ist.

“This approach to eat­ing is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle that can improve both your weight and your life expectan­cy,” says dietit­ian Trista Best.

Eat more whole foods

It is impor­tant to lim­it your con­sump­tion of processed foods and replace them with whole foods when­ev­er pos­si­ble. The for­mer, Best says, are made with refined car­bo­hy­drates, sta­bi­liz­ers, emul­si­fiers and oth­er ingre­di­ents to improve shelf life, taste and tex­ture.

When we eat these foods in large quan­ti­ties, they can irri­tate the gut, cause bac­te­r­i­al imbal­ances, and ulti­mate­ly lead to chron­ic inflam­ma­tion. In con­trast, whole foods do not under­go any mod­i­fi­ca­tions that add or sub­tract nutri­ents.

Anoth­er nutri­tion­ist, Michael Mosley, talks to the Dai­ly Express about the three most impor­tant fac­tors for los­ing weight.

Accord­ing to him, these are:

  • Reduc­ing the amount of sug­ar and sim­ple car­bo­hy­drates in the diet;
  • Calo­rie deficit;
  • Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­i­ty.
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