Reduce Belly Fat Naturally – Dt. Rekha Raveendran


Dietitian Rekha Raveendran RS is a renowned dietitian and diet consultant in Tata Hospital in Bangalore. She is also a member of the Indian Dietetic Association. In an exclusive conversation with Zotezo, Dt. Rekha Raveendran has spoken about Belly Fat.

Team Zotezo: What are the common causes of belly fat?
Dt. Rekha:
Below is the common causes of belly fat.

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Too much of alcohol intake
  • Stress and cortisol
  • Genetic
  • Poor sleep
  • Smoking
  • Low protein diet
  • Unhealthy gut bacteria
  • Low fiber diet

Team Zotezo: How to reduce belly fat in seven days?

Dt. Rekha: Follow these 7 steps below to reduce belly fat in just 7 days.

  • Drink two glasses if plain water in empty stomach
  • Include aerobic exercise in daily routine
  • Lessen the usage of refined carbs
  • Add healthy fat in daily diet
  • Include adequate protein daily, especially for breakfasts
  • Drink enough water
  • Lessen salt intake
  • Increase consumption of soluble fiber

Team Zotezo: How to get rid of belly fat naturally?

Dt. Rekha: It takes time but religiously follow these steps below to get rid of belly fat naturally.

● Follow good food habit( proper time, quality, quantity)
● Follow balanced diet according to age gender
● Regular exercise
● Think positively
● Proper and adequate rest( sleep)

Team Zotezo: What is the best diet to lose belly fat?

Dt Rekha: There is no best diet but still one can see below for the best diet.

  • Diet book
  • Start the day with two glasses of water in empty stomach. Mixed with cinnamon/ honey- lime and ginger on alternate days
  • Include garlic, green tea, high fiber food- cereals
  • Include good fat in diet – omega 3 and omega 6

Team Zotezo: What is the best diet to lose belly fat?

Dt. Rekha: Best diet is the food which contain low carbs and low glycemic index, good protein, good fat and rich in fiber and adequate intake of water.

Team Zotezo: What does diet soda do to belly fat?

Dt. Rekha: Diet soda contains zero calorie which increases appetite by stimulating hunger hormones and increase tendency to take more food than required which leads to belly fat.

Team Zotezo: Give top five foods that help burn belly fat.

Dt. Rekha: The top 5 foods that burn belly fat are as below.

  • Include dark colored vegetables and fruits
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Egg white
  • Garlic- cinnamon

Team Zotezo: Are women more prone to belly fat?

Dt. Rekha: Both men and women have equal chances of getting belly fat, however women are more prone to be affected due to some reasons such as irregular timing in proper food intake, lack of physical exercise and proper rest, hormonal imbalance, stress and strain.

Team Zotezo: New year is here, what tips do you suggest to keep belly fat at bay?

Dt. Rekha: If you are ready to bring a change in your lifestyle, that attitude itself will help you to get a healthy life.
● Do regular exercise according to your physical condition
● Maintain regular time for meals, a six meal plan would be a better option
● Dink 1-3 liter of water as required
● Keep a balanced diet which is the combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals
● Avoid products like maida, processed food, food products which contain saturated fats
● Reduce intake of high carbohydrate food like roots tubers and whole milk
● Include cereal with bran, protein, good fat, antioxidant-rich foods
● Consume fresh and natural foods and avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, etc
● Increased salt intake may pose a health risk and may lead to hypertension and heart disease. So restrict the intake of added salt.

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