There’s no doubt it’s your mental and physical health which should be prioritised in life. But for one reason or another, many people choose to make changes to their lifestyle to lose weight. The NHS advises that this can be achieved through exercise and a healthy, balanced diet. Alternatively, some people may turn to a diet plan – but what should you do if you want to get rid of your belly fat?
It seems that it’s not possible to target one particular spot on your body, as fitness industry expert, Cecilia Harris, who is a personal trainer and co-founder of Results with Lucy, told Express.co.uk.
She said: “I don’t believe that you can spot train or lose fat in one particular place of your body.”
But, if you do want to lose body fat in general, it seems that putting your diet under the magnifying glass could be important.
For Cecilia, it’s creating an overall calorie deficit that’s important, with the personal trainer adding: “Create a calorie deficit, it’s the most important thing you can ever do to lose weight or any body fat on any part of your body.”
But are there particular foods that you can eat which will help to slim quicker?
Some studies have shown there are dietary decisions you can make which may help you.
A number of studies have shown that protein can reduce cravings by 60 per cent, and boost the metabolism.
Research also suggests that there is some evidence for protein being particularly effective when it comes to losing belly fat.
The study titled “Quality protein intake is inversely related with abdominal fat” saw scientists draw the conclusion that protein “may play an important role in regulating central abdominal fat (CAF)”.
It’s suggested in many of the studies that the amount of protein you should eat for this to take effect should be around 25 to 30 per cent of calories consumed.
High sources of protein can be found in whole eggs, fish, seafood, and legumes.
Dairy products, meat, and nuts are also top choices.
Dietary fibre is something else which is often claimed to aid weight loss.
A five-year study, “Lifestyle Factors and 5-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation in a Minority Cohort: The IRAS Family Study”, looked at whether there was a link between losing belly fat and eating fibre.
It found that eating 10 grams of soluble fibre per day was linked to a 3.7 per cent loss of the amount of fat in the abdominal area.
Good sources of fibre are plant foods – so fruit and vegetables could be good choice.
Legumes also come recommended, so slimmers may want to tuck into cereal or porridge.
There are also particular exercises which are recommended if you want to tone up your abdominal muscles, once you’ve shed the fat.