June 28, 2022

5 Effective Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat After 50

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A slowing metabolism, hormonal changes, and lifestyle changes can all make it seem like belly fat is impossible to lose as we get older. Believe it or not, however, it is possible, but it takes consistency along with the hard work—a few crunches and a fad diet aren’t going to get the job done.

Centers Health Care has five of the best ways to lose belly fat after 50.

  1. Yoga

Yoga isn’t just for meditating and flexibility—did you know that you can burn up to 300 calories per hour even if the session isn’t that vigorous? Studies also found that those who regularly practice yoga have lower cortisol levels, which reduced stress and belly fat storage.

  1. Limit Alcohol

Many alcoholic beverages, especially carb-loaded beer and sugary cocktails, go straight to your midsection. The body also puts a priority on breaking down alcohol over food, which slows your metabolism in the long run.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is a great option for exercise as we age because it’s low-impact and virtually impact-free on joints. A freestyle swim can burn up to 600 calories per hour. Cycling is also a good low-impact option, but swimming works the upper body as well.

  1. Eat More Seafood

A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can cut belly fat by as much as 30%, and seafood options like salmon and tuna are loaded with omega-3s. Walnuts and flaxseeds are also great sources.

  1. Get in a Good Sleep Routine

One study found that people who routinely didn’t get the proper amount of sleep (fewer than seven hours per night) gained 32% more belly fat over a five-year period than those who got a routine seven to nine hours of sleep per night. You’ll also want to try to go to bed and wake up at the same time so your body stays in a good rhythm.

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