Diet could be your secret weapon when it comes to losing your muffin top.
Most people carry a little extra weight around their middle. For many, their stomach is target number one when it comes to shaping up. But to achieve the body you want, it’s important to understand the role that diet plays in weight loss. And to recognise that not all fat is the enemy. In fact, fat helps to cushion and protect vital organs, maintain our core temperature, and create an energy store for our body. It’s when fat levels get too high that we start to encounter problems. Whether it’s struggling to fit into your favourite jeans or more serious obesity-related health issues.
It’s not possible to spot reduce fat i.e focus on reducing fat from a specific area of the body. But it is possible to eat a healthy diet that promotes general fat loss and reduces bloating around the stomach. I have brought together my top tips for eating your way to great abs, below.
Watch What Your Drink
We all know that sugary drinks are bad for our waistlines, but did you know that alcohol can be the biggest culprit when it comes to your belly fat? High levels of alcohol consumption have been strongly linked to excess fat around the abdomen. Keep alcohol and sugary drinks to an occasional treat; instead fill up on water flavoured with fresh fruit, green tea, and herbal brews.
Avoid Crash Dieting
Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to any type of weight loss. Crash diets are unsustainable and lead to yo-yoing and binge eating, eventually seeing you gain more fat than you had before. Instead, fill your diet with lean proteins, fresh veggies, and unrefined carbs. You’ll feel fuller and are much more likely to stick with this style of eating over the long term. Your diet should never leave you feeling hungry.
Keep Sugar Levels In Check
Calorie-laden sugar is hidden in almost all processed foods and is one of the number one reasons we put on weight. Reducing the amount of sugar you eat, by cutting out sugary drinks or cooking fresh meals from scratch can have a dramatic impact on the number you see on the scales. Try to consume sugar mindfully and to remove hidden, refined sugars from your diet.
Eat High Fibre Foods
Sometimes it’s bloating rather than fat that sees us bulging around the middle. If you’re prone to bloating, then increasing the fibre in your diet could help you to beat the gas. Wholegrains, fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables are all great sources of fibre and you should aim for 25g per day to keep your digestive system happy.
There isn’t any great secret when it comes to losing belly fat. Essentially it comes down to the tried and tested rules of eating clean and staying active. But stomach fat can be stubborn, and you show expect to see slow incremental results over a period of time. Don’t lose heart if you don’t see instant results, after all, your health and fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. Next week, I am looking at fun workouts that you can do with kids. Because creating a love of exercise from an early age is one of the best gifts you can give the little people in your life. Until then, stay awesome.