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How to Lose Belly Fat After H. Pylori

author image Toby Pendergrass
Toby Pendergrass began writing and editing in 1998. He has served as editor for numerous custom health publications and physician journals. His work has appeared in publications such as Hospital Corporation of America's "YOU." He enjoys writing about cardiology and cancer care and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
How to Lose Belly Fat After H. Pylori
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MayoClinic.com reports that an H. pylori infection occurs when the bacterium Helicobacter pylori infects the stomach. The infection causes bloating, burning in the abdomen or even sores in the intestines that make exercise for weight loss uncomfortable or impossible. Lack of physical activity typically leads to the accumulation of belly fat, or visceral fat — a harmful type of fat that elevates your cancer risk. Recognize some proven methods to shed unwanted belly fat after your recovery from an H. pylori infection in order to ensure your well-being.

Step 1

Eat for reduced calories. Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you feed your body daily. Exclude from your diet fructose-sweetened food and drinks, as well as trans fats and saturated fats. Your belly benefits the most from fruits, whole grains and vegetables.

Step 2

Dedicate 20 to 40 minutes to aerobic exercise five days a week. Workouts that boost your heart rate and breathing also burn calories quickly, when approved by your doctor. Popular methods include swimming, walking and bike riding.

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Step 3

Lift hand weights or free weights. People who lift weights several times each week typically continuing burning calories for several hours after the lifting ends, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. An ideal session lasts at least 20 minutes.

Step 4

Include low-fat dairy in your diet. Harvard Medical School reports that people who consume healthy amounts of calcium often have a reduced risk for continued belly fat buildup.

Step 5

Test your stretching ability with a resistance tube. While elastic resistance tubing doesn’t receive the same media attention as weightlifting, stretching the tube is a form of strength training that reduces fat and can be performed almost anywhere.

Step 6

Turn up the music with an aerobic dance DVD. An hour spent aerobic dancing in your living room typically burns more than 500 calories.

Step 7

Sneak exercise into your normal activities. You’ll burn extra calories and reduce your belly by walking faster to your meeting, mowing the yard or looking for opportunities to use the stairs instead of the elevator.

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