Abdominal fat is widely considered to be the most stubborn fat to shift. Yet beneath the top layer of fat which you can touch lies another supply of fat around your heart and liver, which can pose a risk to your health. It is thought to be a possible cause of increasing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
However there are ways of shifting this fat to improve your health as well as achieving that sought after flat, washboard stomach desired by most women and men attending their local gyms. Obviously first of all you should consult your GP and a fitness professional to advise you, but here are some general ideas to get you started:
- Eat regular meals. Starving yourself is a common mistake most people make in their bid to achieve a flat stomach. However the body needs nutrients and eating regular meals will actually help you to achieve a flatter stomach.
- Indulge in foods which are rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) such as olive oil, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, avocados and dark choc, as they are thought to help shift belly fat, freeing up internal organs, reducing inflammation and helping blood-flow.
- A pot belly could also be the result of trapped wind and food and liquid in your stomach which hasn’t been properly digested. So avoid anything which might cause trapped wind such as eating fast which means you are swallowing air, eating salty or spicy foods which make you retain fluid, raw veg, chewing gum, bread or bubbly drinks, pulses, dried fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, peppers and citrus fruits.
- Eat plenty of figs and sunflower seeds.
Drink plenty of water as it is not only good for your skin but it flushes out toxins in the liver. 6-8 glasses a day is advisable and lemon water first thing in the morning and green tea are also good.
Stress can cause bloatedness because the hormone cortisol stimulates the appetite for sugar and fat but also encourages the body to store fat on the belly.
MOVE THOSE MUSCLES
Engage your core as many instructors at gyms in Liverpool and around the country state that a pot belly is evidence of poorly functioning core muscles. Combining aerobic exercise with a MUFA diet and some core stability exercises, such as the plank will help to address this.
Change your lifestyle: take the stairs, eat fruit every day and drink plenty of water!