Whatever your reason for weight loss, it can often seem like a challenge to stay motivated. It’s important to remember, however, that a balanced, healthy diet is what’s important – which may mean you can have the odd treat now and then. On the whole, creating a calorie deficit is likely to lead to weight loss. The NHS website states: “To lose weight, you need to use more energy than you consume, and continue this over a period of time.”
Alcohol is something which many people choose to cut down on in order to slim.
That’s because some of the most popular types of the drink contain hundreds of calories per serving.
While it may have health benefits in small amounts, it’s important to remember that it can be very harmful if you drink too much.
Whether it can lead to weight gain is explored in the study “Is alcohol consumption a risk factor for weight gain and obesity?”.
The research, by the Department of Internal Medicine at University Hospital, Switzerland, explored how excess calories for alcohol are partly stored as belly fat, as Healthline report.
The results of another study – titled “Alcohol drinking patterns differentially affect central adiposity as measured by abdominal height in women and men” – saw participants who were daily drinkers but drinking less than one alcoholic beverage per day tended to have the least belly fat, while those who drank less often but consumed more on the days that they did, were the most likely to have excess abdominal fat.
As such, cutting back on alcohol could be very beneficial indeed when it comes to your waistline.
A number of fitness experts have commented on how it’s diet which is key when trying to lose belly fat.
In terms of food groups, they advised ensuring that you’re tucking into plenty of protein.
According to a number of observational studies, those who have a high-protein diet will tend to have less belly fat that those who eat a lower-protein diet.
As well as meat and fish, eggs, whey protein and beans are all good sources of protein.
However Vicky Fleetwood, a Rugby World Cup champion and personal trainer, issued a warning about this food group.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said that while it is important to ensure it’s present in one’s diet, consuming an excessive amount of protein isn’t likely to be of benefit.
“You want it to be high in protein, but at the same time, you don’t want it to be an excess of protein because there’s only so much that your body can actually use,” she explained.
“The rest, your body will excrete.
“You can get a formula online for what will be perfect for you.”