Besides the fact that having a belly fat can really look bad, having lots of fat in this area is also strongly linked to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Indeed, having a flat tummy has lots of benefits for your health!
How to know if you have abdominal obesity? If the circumference around your waist is above 102 cm for men and 88 cm for women, that means that you should have a look to 6 following proven strategies to eliminate belly fat!
🔸Banish sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks
The consumption of sugar is one of the main cause of excess fat in the belly. Studies have shown that eating a lot of added sugar will force your liver to turn the overloaded fructose into fat.
Liquid sugar is even worse: when you drink sweetened beverages (fruit juices, sugary sodas, sports drinks), you will eat more calories. Indeed, a study demonstrated that sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk of obesity in children to 60%.
So our advice is to reduce the amount of sugar you are eating and to banish sugary drinks forever.
🔸Eat more protein
Increasing the amount of protein in your diet can boost your metabolism and reduce hunger and cravings which can significantly help you to lose weight. Different studies have shown that protein may help to reduce belly fat accumulation and that people who ate more protein, had much less belly fat.
So our tip is to integrate more high-protein foods into your diets such as eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, nuts, or meat.
🔸Cut carbs from your diet
Eliminating carbs from your diet or at least reducing your amount of carbs to 50 grams per day is very effective to lose fat. A study has shown that people who cut carbs, have a smaller appetite and lose more weight.
Studies have shown that low-carb diets specifically target the fat in the belly and around the liver.
So our advice is to reduce the amount of refined carbs from your diet (sugar, candy, white bread, etc).
🔸Eat foods rich in viscous fiber
Soluble and viscous fibers may effectively help to reduce the amount of belly fat. A study demonstrated that an intake of 14 grams of fiber per day was linked to a 10% decrease in calories and a weight loss of 2kg over 4 months.
How to get more fiber? Eat a lot of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole oats.
Exercising is the best thing you can do to: burn belly fat, reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar levels and avoid disease. However, there is no point to do endless amounts of abdominal exercises because losing fat in one area is not possible.
Then, what type of exercise? Aerobic exercises (walking, running, swimming) are very effective in belly fat reductions.
🔸Track what you eat
In order to really know what you are really eating and optimize your diet, tracking your food intake is important. You don’t have to do it during your whole life but just doing it for a few days can help you to have more control and to get closer to your goals.
Let’s do this!