10 Proven Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat
Muffin top. Love handles. Spare tire. Despite its cute nicknames, belly fat is NOT cute. It’s unattractive, frustrating, and STUBBORN. This resistance is not imagined. The body actually makes fat cells that are resistant to being burned or reduced and they accumulate in the belly, hips and thigh areas.
But this “spare tire” is more than just unattractive and frustrating. Fat inside the belly area, also termed visceral fat, is seriously harmful. This type of fat is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
There are some science-based diets, exercises, and supplementation strategies to beat stubborn fat for good. Read on for 10 proven methods for losing that stubborn belly fat – for good!
Why Is Belly Fat So Stubborn?
So why are some areas of the body receptive to fat-burning and some are not? Why do we see quick results in our chest and arms but very little in our stomach, hips, and thighs?
1Fat cells contain two types of receptors:
Alpha-receptors hinder lipolysis (fat-burning) and beta-receptors trigger it. Fat cells contain more alpha-receptors, which work against lipolysis.
Before getting into ways of getting rid of that stubborn fat, let’s establish a few facts.
- You cannot “spot reduce” belly fat.
- There are no good versus bad foods in the fight against belly fat.
- Don’t blame stress.
- Don’t blame when you eat.
- How often you eat isn’t your problem either.
- Simply put, to lose fat you must reduce your overall fat percentage. Reduce your body fat percentage to 10% (men) or 20% (women) and the bulk of your belly fat will be gone.
- Anything you do to cause fat loss, in general, is going to also accelerate the loss of the belly fat.
- Implementing diet, exercise, and supplementation strategies to help you burn fat faster will mobilize belly fat better.
10 Proven Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat
- 2Move it! Don’t stop moving throughout your day – biking, running, walking, swimming, it’s all good. Visceral fat responds well to aerobic exercise.
- Pucker up for vinegar. A 2009 Japanese study found that obese people who consumed 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar daily for 8 weeks showed significant reductions in visceral fat. 3According to Pamela Peeke, Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and author of Fight Fat After 40, one theory is that vinegar’s acetic acid produces proteins that burn fat.
- Drink green tea. The antioxidants found in green tea, catechins, are thought to help burn belly fat during exercise. One study put the daily dose at 625 mg, the equivalent of two or three eight-ounce cups of green tea.
- Eat your protein. 4As Louis Aronne, MD, explains, the body starts to produce more insulin as it ages, since muscle and fat cells aren’t responding to it properly. And insulin promotes fat storage, especially around your belly.
- 5Get your fiber! Fiber, specifically soluble fiber, acts to absorb water, forming a gel that helps slow down food as it passes through your digestive system. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include flax seeds, shiitake noodles, Brussels sprouts, avocados, legumes and blackberries.
- Lay off the alcohol. Cutting back on alcohol may help reduce your waist size. Observational studies link heavy alcohol consumption with significantly increased risk of excess fat storage around the waist.
- Spare the sugar. Studies have shown a correlation between high sugar intake and increased abdominal fat. And sorry, but this includes “healthy” sugars, such as honey.
- 6Supplements: Fish oil. Fish oil naturally increases testosterone levels and increases fat loss. 6g omega-3 per day is a good start.
- Get strong! Strength training helps in fat burning by building muscle mass. Moves like the Squat & Deadlift work best to build strength.
- Eat MORE fat. Your body will not feel the need to hoard up fat if you’re providing an adequate amount of fat in your diet. Not eating fat will not prevent you from gaining belly fat, and eating fat will not cause belly fat.
Focus on the right exercises:
Strength training with aerobic exercise will help with cardio, which helps in fat burning and building muscle mass, which also helps with fat burning. Your lower back keeps you upright from the back. Your abs from the front. Both muscles will work hard during strength moves like Squats & Deadlifts.
Fish oil has been found to be the best source of fat to help in losing stubborn visceral fat.
Proteins: Meat, poultry, fish, whey, eggs, cottage cheese
Veggies: Spinach, broccoli, salad, kale, cabbage
Fruits: Banana, orange, apple, pineapple, pears
Fats: Olive oil, fish oil, real butter, nuts, flax seeds
Carbs: Brown rice, oats, whole grain pasta, quinoa
Fight fat using common sense patience, dedication, and science.
1”Why Belly Fat Is So Stubborn (and How to Lose It),” Mike Matthews, https://legionathletics.com/how-to-lose-belly-fat/
2”9 Proven Ways To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat,” Hallie Levine, https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/new-research-on-how-to-lose-belly-fat
3”Fight Fat After 40,” Pamela Peeke, Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland
4Louis Aronne, MD, Director of the Obesity Clinic at Cornell University
5”20 Effective Ways to Lose Belly Fat,” Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-tips-to-lose-belly-fat
6 “How to Lose Your Belly Fat Quickly and Naturally,” Mehdi, https://stronglifts.com/how-to-lose-belly-fat-fast-naturally/
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