If you have excess fat around your belly that you’ve tried time and time again to get rid of, trust us, you are not alone! For many people, the infuriating layer of fat around the belly will be the last place to lose fat, especially for women. There are a few proven strategies that have been shown to specifically target this belly fat area more so than other areas of the body. And we are here to let you in on those secrets…
1. Avoid Sugar Like the Plague
Studies have shown that sugar has a harmful effect on metabolic health and increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Putting it simply, the body finds it difficult to break down refined sugar and turns most of it into fat, which unfortunately gathers particularly around the belly area.
Liquid sugar is even worse! I.E, the sugar found in fizzy drinks, fruit juices and even syrups that you add water to. Liquid calories are not properly ‘registered’ by the brain (in the same way as solid food), so when you down those sugary drinks you are essentially eating more calories!
If you are serious about a flatter stomach, you should aim to gradually lower your sugar intake. We don’t expect you to go cold turkey at the start. Begin by eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages and take it from there. Once drinks have been cut down, move onto reading the labels of your food carefully to avoid foods containing refined sugar (anything ending in ‘ose’ such as glucose, or fructose etc., is a no no!).
2. Eating More Protein Could be the Best Long Term Strategy
Avoiding sugar can be pretty tricky, but eating more protein isn’t the most difficult of tasks. In fact, we quite like this one! Protein is a very important macronutrient when it comes to losing weight. Eating Protein has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, and even to boost metabolism by up to 100 calories a day! If you feel full for longer, you will be less likely to eat more. Win win.
If you want to lose weight, especially around the middle, then adding protein to your diet is the most effective change you can have long term. Studies have even shown that protein is effective against the gaining of belly fat! You should aim for 25-30% of calories coming from protein, including’ fish, meat, poultry, dairy products and unprocessed eggs. If you are struggling to add protein to your diet, you could as a last resort try supplementing whey protein to boost your intake.
3. Cut the Carbs
Restricting your carbohydrate intake is not only effective in reducing belly fat, but also body fat in general. Studies have shown that a diet with low-carbs compared to low-fat, target the fat specifically in the belly and the visceral fat around the organs and liver. Even just avoiding refined carbs (white bread and pastas, etc.) should be adequate so long as you keep your protein intake high.
4. Get That Body Moving
Of course reducing belly fat isn’t all about diet. Some movement is required! Exercise is important for a number of reasons, forget belly fat, it’s one of the best things you can do if you want to live a long and healthy life. Doing endless crunches will not make you lose the fat around your belly, that is down to aerobic exercise. Walking, running and swimming are all great cardio exercises which have been shown to cause major reductions in belly fat!
5. Sculpt Your Figure With Science
And lastly, if you are feeling a little lazy and need a helping hand, the Silk’n Lipo is a radiofrequency fat loss machine that triggers the acceleration of fibroblast metabolism. Fibroblasts are responsible for the synthesis of collagen and by producing more, this will cause the skin to tighten and reduce body circumference. The Lipo can help to diminish stubborn fat areas such as love handles, tummy pouches and even bingo wings. There’s no shame in getting a helping hand from science!
If you were to combine a targeted healthy eating regime, do a little exercise and use the Lipo skin body contouring device, there is no reason you cannot get the tight stomach of your dreams, and more importantly, boost your confidence and health through the roof this summer.