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Reduce Belly Fat

7 Science-Led Tips to Help You Lose Belly Fat

November 20, 2017

Belly fat isn’t just an unappealing accumulation of excess fat. Fat inside the belly region is called ‘visceral fat’ and this type of fat can be highly dangerous to a person’s health, leading to a multitude of health disorders.

In this article, we discuss 7 science-based tips to help you shed excess belly fat. However, it’s important to know if you want good results then you need to change your lifestyle and utilise a range of different methods. Utilising just one tip won’t have a dramatic effect on it’s own.

Here are 7 tips to help you on the path of shedding that dreaded belly fat:

1) Reduce refined carbs
You don’t have to be too strict with counting calories. Some research indicated replacing refined carbs with unprocessed starchy carbs may improve metabolic health leading to a reduction in excess belly fat.1
In a renowned study people with a larger consumption of whole grains were 17% less likely to have excess belly fat than those who indulged in diets high in refined grains.2

2) Lift weights (resistance training)
We all know resistance training is used to build and preserve muscle mass. However, based on studies it is also effective for excess belly fat loss. In a study of overweight teenagers, it was shown that a combination of strength training and aerobic exercise led to the greatest decrease in visceral fat.3

3) Reduce sugar intake
It’s obvious you will need to cut out sugary treats such as chocolate, cakes and lollies. However, many people aren’t aware of the amount of sugar in drinks such as fruit juice. Sugary beverages can have a higher sugar content than high sugar foods.

4) Get quality sleepImportance of sleep
Sleep is often overlooked as a factor contributing to one’s health. A lack of sleep can have a hugely negative effect on health leading to a multitude of  problems, however one of them surprisingly is weight gain. Studies indicate that people who don’t get enough quality sleep are more likely to gain more weight than those who do get enough sleep.4

5) Reduce your stress levels
Stress can make you gain belly fat by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, the ‘stress hormone.’ Studies have shown high cortisol levels increase hunger cravings and stimulate abdominal fat storage.5

6) Limit alcohol consumption
This one might be obvious and is where the term ‘beer belly’ comes from. Studies have indicated heavy alcohol consumption is linked with centralised obesity (excess fat around the waist and stomach). Limiting alcohol can greatly improve belly fat. You don’t need to go cold turkey, however avoiding those weekend alcohol binges should make a difference.

7) Body Contouring treatments

Luckily, there is an easier way to reduce stubborn fat! When healthy eating and exercise don’t work there is always the non-invasive body contouring option. At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we have many body contouring options available using laser, fat freezing, and radio frequency to permanently destroy fat cells. The results can be highly effective, are pain-free and are completely non-invasive!

  • Body contouring treatment options include:
  • CoolSculpting
  • LipoBlast
  • TightSculpt
  • Fat Reduction With Ultrasound

1,2, 3, 4 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-tips-to-lose-belly-fat
5 https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/how-to-prevent-weight-gain-due-to-stress-and-anxiety

Have you tried dieting and exercise to lose belly fat with no real results?

Book a complimentary consultation with one of our body contouring experts today and find the best treatment option for you

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