Stubborn fat, also known as visceral fat or stomach fat, can be a nightmare to get rid of. It surrounds your vital organs and tends to store around the mid-section, creating what most women refer to as “love handles.” What’s more, too much weight around the waistline can lead to all sorts of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes – and let’s face it, makes some of us shy away from getting into a bikini during summer.
This is something doctor Joanne Turner and her team at Skin Revision counsel people about every day. Therefore, ladies, she has provided us with 5 simple tips for combating stomach fat so you can breeze into the warmer weather feeling healthy.
- Eat a high protein breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It breaks our fast from the night before and provides us with the nutrients and stamina we need to start the morning. If you’re seriously looking to drop those extra kilos, eating a bowl of cereal upon rising isn’t going to cut it. Sorry, ladies.
Instead, opt for a high protein meal which includes grains, says Jo. “I recommend pulses and legumes,” she says. “They are ultra low-GI and contain insoluble fibre that keeps tummy bacteria happy to promote weight-loss.”
- Drink 2 litres of water a day
Did you know that for every 500ml of water you drink, your metabolism is increased by 30 per cent? Yep, according to doctor Turner, “drinking 2 litres of water a day will make you feel fuller and help you cut down on snacks.” If that’s not an incentive to gulp down more of that h20, then we don’t know what is!
- Substitute bottled sauces
Most dressings, sauces and canned vegetables come packed full of preservatives and often have a large amount of unsuspected sugar lurking in them. High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a popular sweetener among these types of foods, says Jo, and is also “terrible for someone trying to lose stubborn visceral weight.”
So, what’s a girl to do? “I recommend substituting bottled dressings and marinades for a fermented food such as kimchi, sauerkraut or cider vinegar,” she insists. Not only will this “decrease sugar cravings,” but it will also “boost weight loss.”
- ‘Vanquish’ stubborn fat
If you feel like diet and exercise isn’t giving you the quick results you want, Vanquish is a brand new body sculpting treatment in Australia that specifically targets that hard to budge fat. According to Jo, it’s is a non-invasive, pain free treatment which uses radio-frequency to take centimetres off love handles and stubborn tummy areas. In four treatments, “patients often lose between 6cm and 13cm from their abdomen,” she insists.
- Add cinnamon to your tea or coffee
You know that 2 teaspoons of sugar that you add to your morning latte? Ditch it, because it’s quite possibly the reason you’re finding it hard to lose those last few kilos. “If you take sugar with your tea or coffee, try substituting sugar for small doses of cinnamon,” recommends Jo. “It will lower your blood sugar and make visceral weight loss easier.”
Why? According to experts, if we eat more sugar than we need in our daily diet, we will store the excess energy supplies as fat. So, if you don’t like cinnamon and can’t bare the thought of going cold turkey, slowly cut your sugar intake down. Start by opting for one teaspoon, then make your way to half a teaspoon, before completely eliminating the nasty stuff altogether!
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