Firstly, you need to know what causes belly fat.
Well there is actually a reason why that last bit of fat is the hardest to shift.
Your body contains two types of fat cells – alpha and beta.
Responding easily to fat-breakdown alpha fat cells are quicker to disappear.
Whereas beta fat cells don’t respond as well making it a harder and longer process to slim down.
'When you’re actively trying to lose fat, you may see changes on your legs, face and arms first because these areas have more alpha cells,' says Dr. Luke James, a health specialist from Bupa.
The fat that settles around your abdomen are the notoriously hard to budge beta fat cells.
But don’t lose hope, you can kick your belly fat with a little hard work and some patience.
To kick start your weight loss here are 5 easy rules to help you banish the belly.
1 – Say goodbye to excess sugar
Midnight snacks of chocolate and chips will only make your belly fat stick around for the long run! Slowly ease yourself out of your sugary habits by cutting down how much you eat very fortnight.
2 -Get enough sleep
Doctors recommend adults should be getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night.
When you are tired it throws off your hormones which impact your ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes you hungry). This means you tend to eat more when you haven’t gotten your recommended snooze hours. Put your head down and get some rest!
3 – Targeted exercise
Whilst directing your workouts to your abdominals seems like the right way to tackle your belly fat you can’t forget the rest of your body too! Some easy exercises to get rid of belly fat are simple crunches or sit-ups. Our stomach is just where your body stores the fat so be sure to do well-rounded full body exercises to diminish your belly fat.
4- Don’t overindulge in alcohol
Some studies have shown that heavy alcohol consumption can hinder your efforts to reduce your waist size. Ease off the booze to banish the belly!
When we are stressed we produce the hormone Cortisol, whilst this hormone is essential to live an over production can quickly lead to weight gain in your stomach. Stress often drives people to overeat adding to your belly fat.
Women unfortunately have to work that little bit harder than men to reduce your stomach fat due to their ever-changing hormones. Head to Healthyweight.health.gov.au to help track your disappearing belly fat!