Australian mums are sharing some of their foolproof strategies for losing stubborn belly fat on their weight loss journey, and it’s as easy as monitoring what you eat and upping your fish oil supplements.
The Healthy Mummy, a program targeted at helping time poor mothers improve their wellbeing, showcased two busy women who had followed its 28 Day Challenge and saw incredible success long term.
‘Unfortunately banishing your mid section doesn’t happen overnight. It’s down to the food you eat and the exercises you choose,’ the website read.
So what helps tone the stomach?
The Healthy Mummy , a program targeted at helping time poor mothers improve their wellbeing, showcased two busy women who had followed its 28 Day Challenge and saw incredible success long term
1. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy based drinks and beer, make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and put extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins.
This extra pressure on your liver can make it very hard to build muscle, which is key to losing belly fat.
While it’s not feasible to cut out alcohol altogether, there is always room for improvement and minimising our drinks each week is key.
2. Up your fibre intake
Increase the amount of fibre in your diet as this is a great way to improve digestion.
Think fruit and veggies as your first port of call, plus nuts, legumes and wholegrain bread, the Healthy Mummy recommends.
3. Speed up your metabolism with fish oil
Taking fish oil tablets is another tool to speed up fat loss.
Fish oil can positively influence metabolism, meaning that you’ll digest your food more quickly.
It will activate enzymes in your body that are responsible for burning fat, which also means that your body burns fat more easily, and also helps to reduce insulin resistance.
Studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements in conjunction with doing regular aerobic exercise can help you to burn off up to 26 per cent more calories per day and more body fat than if you didn’t take any fish oil supplements.
Australian mums are sharing some of their foolproof strategies for losing stubborn belly fat on their weight loss journey, and it’s as easy as monitoring what you eat and upping your fish oil supplements
4. Ensure you have no food allergies or intolerances
Many Australians are living with food intolerances or allergies that negatively affect their digestion.
As you are constantly exposed to the food that your body can’t handle well, it can cause inflammation and digestion issues. Result? Stomach bloating, fluid retention, nausea and gas.
If you suspect an intolerance or allergy why not try cutting out that food for a couple of weeks and see if it makes a difference.
You can also do blood tests or skin prick tests if you are unable to determine the source of the issue.
5. Ditch potato chips
Your favourite snacks may be giving you belly fat.
Most chip brands are cooked in hydrogenated oils. This type of oil is called a trans fat. Trans fat is known to increase cholesterol, contribute to heart disease and increase weight.
Chips that don’t contain hydrogenated oil may have high amounts of fat from other oils they’re fried in.
There are baked and low fat potato chips on the market that make better choices.
However, be aware of the calorie count. High calories still contribute to belly fat.
Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy based drinks and beer, make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and put extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins (stock image)
6. Limit margarine
Choose a small amount of regular butter or soft spread over margarine when topping foods or baking.
Margarine is usually loaded with trans fat and is found in plenty of pastries, crackers, snack foods, and even microwave popcorn, so limit intake to keep cholesterol levels in check.
7. Steer clear of white rice and pasta
Try to cut back on the white carbs if you are truly determined to see your belly vanish.
Trade your white bread, flour, rice, and pasta for wholegrain products such as brown bread and rice.
White carbs have already been processed and are therefore digested rapidly by the body to be stored as fat.