The fact is, we do not get the liberty of deciding where we lose fat from. You can do 100 sit-ups a day, have super strong abs, but that won’t remove the excess fat. However, there are a few things you can do that will help minimise the build up and help decrease the amount of fat around the stomach.
Limit added sugar
Added sugar is half fructose, which in large levels can only be processed by the liver. When it is consumed in such high amounts, the liver can not cope and converts it to fat. Studies have shown that high levels of fructose can lead to the accumulation of fat around the stomach.
The main things to avoid are sugary soft drinks, energy drinks and juices, which are all extremely high in added sugars.
Increase your protein intake
As we get older the body starts to produce more insulin, which promotes fat storage around the belly. Protein works to promote insulin resistance, reducing visceral fat, which is the fat stored around the stomach and vital organs. Protein also works to reduce hunger and speed up the metabolism.
Some great sources of protein are meat, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes or even a protein supplement.
Never stop moving
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is a sure way to increase the fat stored around your stomach. We all know that exercise has many benefits and yes… one of those benefits is that it works to reduce body fat and importantly, keep it off.
Increase your soluble fibre intake
Studies have shown that an increase in your soluble fibre intake can help reduce body fat and prevent weight gain. An increase in fibre may also help reduce your likeliness of developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Remember, the fat that builds up around the stomach is the worst kind! It develops around the vital organs and puts a massive strain on your body.