Excess fat around the belly is a common complaint for many, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Increased belly fat and liver fat can lead to insulin resistance and a host of metabolic problems, including diabetes.
Do you find yourself exercising but seeing no change to your belly fat? There is a reason the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” is so often repeated. Belly fat has most to do with what you put into your body on a daily basis and what you are giving it to fuel itself. Below, we’ve offered a few tips that will help you drop that stubborn belly fat (and only one is an exercise!)
Sugar has uniquely harmful effects for your metabolism. When you eat sugar, the liver becomes flooded with fructose and it is forced to turn it into fat. Numerous medical studies have also shown that a diet high in excess, refined sugar leads to an accumulation of fat cells around the midsection and belly.
Excess refined sugar can be found everywhere these days, but the most common culprits are drinkable sugar. Liquid sugar is not acknowledged by the brain the same way solid sugars are. Sugar-sweetened drinks will not trigger your brain to tell you that you are full, so you can easily consume more than your daily amount of calories in drinks alone without ever feeling full.
Syrupy coffee, soda pops and flavoured dairy beverages like chocolate or strawberry milk pack a whopping amount of sugar and should be dropped from your diet entirely.