Weight loss, especially around the belly, can be a daunting challenge for many. Cucumber can be your friend in this battle by combating possible underlying causes like bloating, water retention, constipation. Thanks to its high water and fiber content, zero fat, and low caloric content. Try it out as a raw snack or juice with lemon, ginger, and aloe vera as added ingredients. It’s no secret that losing belly fat isn’t easy. But what if cucumbers could help? These refreshing veggies are low in calories, making them a stellar detox treatment. And since they’re exceptionally filling, they might be just what you need to reach your weight-loss goals. Who knew?
A “Spare Tire” Problem
Belly fat (“spare tire”) gets a lot of attention thanks to its potential health risks. It’s been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer.1 Thankfully, losing those extra inches doesn’t mean you need to lose your mind, too. To understand how to combat tummy fat, you need to know what you’re dealing with. Sometimes, the bulge around the belly may just be bloating or water retention. This can happen because of constipation, food intolerance, overeating, bacterial irritation, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), among other things.2
Other times, that “tire” may be exactly what it looks like – excess weight or fat. It tends to accumulate with age, as the metabolic rate for both men and women declines over time. And since belly fat has a sensitivity to hormonal balance, it can be especially tricky to lose until the underlying problem is fixed. Plus, for women, the body typically holds onto belly fat after pregnancy and during menopause. Talk about complicated! The average American lifestyle doesn’t help, either. It’s full of processed foods and chronic nutritional overload, marked by eating too much. These factors overwhelm the body, eventually slowing down metabolism.3 It’s basically a recipe for belly fat.