Michael Mosley’s weight loss tips for belly fat that’s ‘easier’ than you think

How to shed belly fat during weight loss is a common query for dieters and Michael Mosley has shared his own method.

Mosley is the creator of the 5:2 Diet and the Fast 800 diet which both rely on intermittent fasting techniques which includes periodically fasting.

He shared with The Express how to shed belly fat, adding that “you can lose belly fat, and you can lose it fast”.

Everybody has something around their midline, but Mosley explained how older people – namely, those over 50 – can be more impacted.

The diet guru and former doctor recommended “cutting out” sugars and carbs to shed belly fat.

To start, Mosley started off by explaining the basics of how the body gains weight.

Read on for the 5:2 Diet creator’s food and exercise advice for dieters looking to shed pounds and belly fat…

How weight gain works – and how to lose it

Michael Mosley shared his belly fat burning advice

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 replete with glucose and fatty acids. This is a toxic brew, driving an array of bad outcomes, including rapidly-expanding belly fat.”

Because of this, belly fat can impact older people more than young people.

It can also affect women going through the menopause as a change of hormones can lead to a slower metabolism.

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Changing your diet for weight loss

Kiwi and Black Currants Smoothie chilled and an excellent start to the day
Smoothies aren’t recommended for weight loss, according to Mosley

It is therefore helpful for both women and men over 50 to change their diet.

Mosley recommended limiting, or avoiding, two types of food: sugars and carbs.

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.”

Therefore, Mosley advised eating fewer sugary fruits such as mango, pineapple, sugary smoothies, and juices.

As for carbs, the ex-doctor stressed that “when people cut carbs, their appetite goes down and they lose weight”.

Slimmers should “replace processed carbs like white bread, chips, and pasta with slow-release energy sources, such as brown rice or quinoa”.

Dr Mosley added: “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.”

Intermittent fasting for losing belly fat

Michael Mosley in front of blue background
Michael Mosley recommends intermittent fasting for losing weight

Intermittent fasting is another way dieters could begin to lose belly fat.

Mosley said: “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.”

He added that this is supported by numerous studies, saying: “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 round your middle? Try intermittent fasting.”

The final step to losing belly fat Mosley mentioned was regular exercise.

“Research has shown the extraordinary impact that ultra-short bursts of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can have,” he said.


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