Diet dips for a flat stomach

One of the most effective ways for reducing stomach fat is to limit your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates such as food containing white flour. It may sound difficult, and you may feel addicted to these types of foods, but believe me that if you manage to cut down on these foods, you may not only lose fat around your middle, but you should also feel so much better in so many ways.Higher energy levels throughout the day, better skin and heightened mood are all associated with low sugar diets. If you feel that you need sugary foods for energy, think again, as high sugar does give you a short burst of energy, but then shortly after, you will feel much drowsier compared to someone who did not eat the sugary food in the first place.

Refined carbohydrates in foods such as white bread and biscuits increase storage of fat on the stomach and on the hips as they have a high glycaemic index (GI) which means the glucose is released very quickly into your blood stream. As a result of high blood sugar levels (when you may feel that short burst of energy), your body is clever in releasing insulin to bring this down immediately as high blood sugar is not ideal for the body. With a surge of insulin, your blood sugar levels then plummet to a low level leaving you feeling exhausted, and the excess glucose is immediately stored as fat around your middle.

Try to opt for carbohydrate foods which are complex; vegetables and whole grains such as oats.The fibre in these foods help to slow down the release of glucose into your blood stream which means that you are much more likely to burn the glucose rather than storing it as fat on your stomach. Protein also helps to slow down the release of these sugars, so having protein with each meal also

Key messages:

  • Limit intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, which means no doughnuts!
  • Include complex carbohyrates such as vegetable¬†wholegrains.
  • Have plenty of protein, ideally a portion of protein with each meal.

 

Keep it up!

Kyla Williams

Nutritionist

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