The respected weight loss guru has given slimmers three key areas to work on if they want to lose weight and cut pesky belly fat, including cutting out a surprising food type
Dr Michael Mosley, the author, journalist and doctor behind the Fast800 diet has given dieters a top tip for helping cut out pesky belly fat.
Speaking to the express he explained there is a particular kind of food to cut from your diet if you want to reduce your belly blubber, and it might surprise you.
He said: “You need to understand the basics of how insulin works. Your body makes insulin after a meal in order to keep blood sugar stable.
“On your cell walls, insulin opens up glucose ports to allow sugar through – for burning in muscle, and for storage in fat. In your fat, insulin also curbs the release of fatty acids into your system.
“All well and good – as long as your insulin is working. However, as we age cell-wall insulin receptors become less sensitive.
“As a result, even after a meal, our blood is replenished with glucose and fatty acids. This is a toxic brew, driving an array of bad outcomes, including rapidly-expanding belly fat.”
What is the surprising food you can cut down on to trim belly fat?
Shockingly, the food type that Dr Michael says to try removing is sugary fruit.
This is because he said it is important to cut down on sugar and carbs if you are looking to get rid of that tiresome tummy tire.
He said: “To make a serious impact on your belly fat, cutting out sugar-spikes is key. A surprising number of ‘diet’ snacks and drinks are high in sugar, and are marketed as diet foods because they happen to be low in fat.”
Things like fruit juices and smoothies, as well as fruits like mango and pineapple, can all cause sugar spikes because they are so full of the stuff.
He also added that cutting carbs is vital to losing weight. He argues that cutting carbs causes our appetites to decrease, leading to weight loss.
He said: “when people cut carbs, their appetite goes down and they lose weight”.
People looking to lose weight should “replace processed carbs like white bread, chips, and pasta with slow-release energy sources, such as brown rice or quinoa”
Two things will surprise you: the amount of sugar you were consuming unawares, and the speed at which your belly fat will begin to tame itself.”
Can intermittent fasting also help you lose weight?
Dr Michael is also a big advocate of intermittent fasting. He told the Express: “The idea that fasting ‘slows your metabolism’ is a myth. Under conditions of marked energy deficit – 800 calories per day or less – not only do you simply lose weight by eating fewer calories, but your body responds to the stress of fasting by enhancing hormone function to facilitate weight loss and burn fat for energy.
“Short-term fasting can lead to several changes in the body that make fat burning easier. This includes reduced insulin, increased growth hormone, enhanced epinephrine signaling and a small boost in metabolism.”
“According to a 2014 review of the scientific literature, intermittent fasting can cause weight loss of three to eight percent over three to 24 weeks.
“Not only this – but people lost four to seven percent of their waist circumference as well – indicating a large loss of the harmful belly fat in the abdominal cavity, strongly linked to chronic disease.
“So, want to shift that weight around your middle? Try intermittent fasting.”
He adds that the final ingredient to weight loss is to get plenty of exercises. So, combine the removal of carbs and sugars, intermittent fasting and a more active lifestyle and you should see positive changes in your waistline quickly.