Have you embarked on a weight loss diet, but just can’t seem to shift the pounds around your middle?
Belly fat is notoriously hard to get rid of.
But it’s not impossible to eliminate fat around your middle.
Excess fat around the belly can be dangerous if it surrounds the organs.
While there’s nothing wrong with being loud and proud about your curves on the beach, there is a darker side to having excess belly fat.
Research has found too much visceral fat can increase the risk of health complications such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and heart disease.
How to get rid of belly fat:
If you feel like you have tried every fad diet out there, you’ve come to the right place.
Dr Aishah Muhammad, who is also a personal trainer and weight loss coach, spoke to Prima about how to get rid of belly fat.
Firstly, look at your diet and try to cut out junk food, takeaways and foods high in sugar.
These are usually high in calories and don’t always fill you up.
Dr Aishah recommends replacing with healthier food options, and remember to eat plenty of fibre and drink more water.
We previously revealed how drinking one serving of water can increase resting expenditure by 24-30% within 10 minutes of drinking.
As well as eating a healthy diet, exercise is key to losing weight.
Dr Aishah said: “Developing strength and muscle can help you with your weight loss.”
Having more muscle mass helps you burn more calories while you are resting.
Remember to not just focus on core exercises.
Doing workouts that involve all muscles will be better.
Another tip is something we have covered at great lengths – walking for weight loss.
Walking is something we can all fit in to our daily lives – whether it be walking to work, in your lunch break or getting your heart rate up after work.
Try choosing the stairs instead of the escalators, get off the stop before on public transport or even arrange a “walking date” with a friend.
Dr Aishah said: “The benefits of walking are so vast, including weight loss, increased energy levels and an improvement in mood”.
If you’re still struggling for motivation, we have previously revealed four weight loss tips you can fit into a busy lifestyle.
You can also read about the importance of eating protein with every meal.