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Losing belly fat is more of a challenge when you have digestive problems. Working with a licensed dietitian, your doctor and a personal trainer will provide you with the most effective way to lose belly fat in a safe and healthy way. Do not attempt to implement a diet without first consulting your physician, because a modified diet may affect your digestive condition.
Losing Belly Fat
MayoClinic.com states that the most effective way to lose belly fat is to exercise more and eat fewer calories. Although it's a popular belief that abdominal crunches can reduce belly fat, situps exclusively will not flatten your stomach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends reducing calories by 500 to 1,000 calories daily to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. Although you cannot tell your body where to reduce fat, your overall body mass will decrease, resulting in less fat around your belly.
Common digestive problems include lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, peptic ulcers, gallstones and inflammatory bowel disease. Most digestive conditions are treated with dietary modifications. Certain foods, such as greasy foods, spicy foods, high-fat foods, stimulant-containing foods such as coffee and refined foods may increase symptoms in a wide range of digestive problems. Any dietary modifications need to be made while under the direction of your doctor.
Implementing a Diet
Once you've established which foods to eliminate from your diet, develop a calorie restricted diet with your physician. Keep a food journal that details the food you eat, how much of it you eat and how many calories are in that food. If you weigh fewer than 200 pounds, try to eat fewer than 1,500 calories daily. If you weight more than 200 pounds, eat between 1,500 and 2,500 calories daily, according Virginia's MOVE! Weight Loss Program. If your digestive symptoms increase, discuss the food journal with your doctor to determine which foods are aggravating your condition.
No matter what the digestive condition, starting an exercise regimen can help you lose weight. MayoClinic.com recommends 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate activity weekly to burn more calories. Common aerobic exercises include cycling, brisk walking, running, jogging and swimming. If you develop pain or adverse reactions from exercising, talk with your doctor.