6 tips to blitz that belly fat!
6 BELLY BUSTING TIPS
Let’s face it, belly fat is a problem. It is notoriously hard to budge for many of us even if you are working out. Sometimes, the odd run in the park just doesn’t do it and if this is resonating with you, you might need to take a more holistic approach.
Follow our six-point plan to blitz that belly!
It will come as no surprise that the key factor in ditching belly fat has a lot to do with what you’re eating.
Protein is good
Protein fills you up so by eating more protein, you are far less likely to suffer from hunger pangs which lead to grabbing that chocolate bar mid-afternoon. Try and eat some protein with each meal to ensure that snacking is minimised. Eat fish, lean white meat, yoghurt, eggs, nuts…
Sugar is bad
It’s all over the news so it’ll come as no surprise that the we’re all eating too much sugar. Fat stores are linked to insulin and eating sugary food increases our insulin levels. Ditch the sugar and your gut will follow suit.
The supermarkets are full of healthier alternatives these days so search them out if you take sugar in your tea or coffee, or bake often with sugar for example.
Some fats are good
Cutting out fat in your diet while exercising will mean that you will burn fat for energy but here’s the dilemma, fat, like protein, helps us feel full up. In many cases it also takes good as well, so we should get used to eating healthy fats. Many of these fats contain vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporate some of the following in to your diet: avocados, some cheese, whole eggs, fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and herring), nuts, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, yoghurt, coconut and coconut oils.
But some fats are bad
Trans fats are fats that are linked to fat around your stomach region. Trans fats increase the risks of things like heart disease and raises our cholesterol levels. Trans fats significantly increases LDL (the "bad") cholesterol. Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat that is largely produced industrially, only occurring in small amounts naturally. Be aware of and avoid vegetable fats used in some margarines, baked goods, snack and fast food.
It’s not just about food…
Lifting weights or undertaking body strength exercises such as push ups will help increase your metabolism leading you to burning more calories throughout the day, even when you’re not working out. Getting toned and / or building some muscle will ensure that you will have a better muscle to fat body composition.
Don’t stress out. Belly fat is linked to the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol plays a key part in your fight-or-flight response, the physiological adaptation that kicks in when you are in danger. That’s a good thing, but cortisol also increases with everyday stress levels and when too stressed for too long, cortisol can increase the amount of fat you hold in your belly.