BELLY fat can be stubborn and often the last place weight comes off.
But there could be some simple tricks you’re missing that will speed up fat loss around the waist.
Although experts say it’s not possible to target weight loss to a certain area, the belly is known to be a spot where fat holds onto.
That’s because it’s made up of fat cells that don’t respond to the fat-breakdown process as well.
Belly fat can also be a result of our stress levels and hormones – not just a product of our diet.
While it’s normal to have a layer of fat, studies have shown that carrying excess weight around the tummy can damage long term-health.
It’s not just the fat you can see, either.
Visceral fat, which collects around the organs in the stomach, can lead to diabetes, heart attack, and some cancers.
An avocado a day
A new study has shown that eating avocado every day can fight this dangerous type of belly fat in women.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign put 105 people on different diets for 12 weeks.
Half were given an avocado a day, and those that did saw a reduction in their visceral fat.
Lead author Dr Naiman Khan said: “The location of fat in the body plays an important role in health.
“What we learned is that a dietary pattern that includes an avocado every day impacted the way individuals store body fat in a beneficial manner for their health, but the benefits were primarily in females.”
The Healthy Mummy – a weight loss programme – has revealed eight other ways to shift fat from the belly area:
1. Chew your food slowly
Our parents all told us to “chew, chew, chew, swallow” – and they were right.
For, making sure you are properly chewing your food can help avoid weight gain.
It’s a mindfulness trick used to focus your brain on the food you are eating – how it tastes and feels.
“Many of us tend to scoff our food when we’re in a hurry or starving. But scientists have found surprising health benefits of chewing your food,” The Healthy Mummy wrote online.
“When you swallow lots of air when you’re eating, this can lead to that stuffed feeling and may cause your stomach to swell.
“Savour your food and chew slowly to prevent this, and this can also help you eat smaller portions.”
2. Stay hydrated and avoid fizzy drinks
Losing belly “fat” may just be a case of preventing bloating.
“Fizzy soft drinks and sparkling mineral waters can cause your tummy to puff out, due to those bubbles of carbon dioxide,” The Healthy Mummy wrote.
“Soft drinks have little nutritional value so try to wean yourself off them and opt for water or green tea as your main drink choices.”
Soft drinks, like squash, contain sugars, which may contribute to overall weight if you drink them throughout the day.
“What’s more, your body may actually be thirsty not hungry and you’re mistaking the ‘water pangs’ for ‘hunger pangs’.”
3. Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol is only useful for having a good time because it does no favours at all for our health or figures.
“Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy based drinks and beer make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and puts extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins,” The Healthy Mummy wrote.
“This extra pressure on your liver can make it very hard to build muscle which is key to losing belly fat.”
Alcohol can also lead you to reach for fatty hangover foods or drain you of energy to exercise.