Targeting belly fat is possible through cutting out sugar, claims Michael Mosley, inventor of the 5:2 diet.
The former doctor is the creator of the 5:2 diet where dieters consume food ‘normally’ for five days and fast for two.
“It is possible to reduce it,” he said.
“Even the slimmest of people can suffer with belly fat,” Mosley continued.
“And often, the abdomen is one of the most dangerous places to store fat.”
Mosley went on to explain that “fat cells deep in your abdomen – also known as ‘visceral fat’ – are reluctant to let go of their energy-stash”.
He said: “To find the extra energy needed to fuel a small energy deficit, or a standard gym session, your body will look to other reserves first, like your glutes.
“Fortunately, recent breakthroughs in medical and sports science have shown that it is possible to throw this gradient into reverse.
“You can lose belly fat, and you can lose it fast.”
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According to Mosley, cutting out one food type from a slimmer’s diet is “key” to losing – or reducing – belly fat.
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.”
Mosley, therefore, recommended that slimmers avoid these ‘diet’ snacks and limit their intake of any food or drink containing more than five percent sugar to “no more than twice a week”.
Foods that are high in sugar include mango, pineapple, and sugary smoothies and juices, says The Express.
Moreover, dieters should replace processed carbohydrates like white bread and white pasta with “slow-energy sources, such as brown rice or quinoa”.
Mosley also shared his own personal meal plan, which involves foods that are high in protein and fibre, but low in sugars.
For breakfast, the nutrition expert has a “mushroom omelette with kimchi-style sauerkraut – which is great for the gut”.
He added: “For lunch I might have a turmeric chicken salad – turmeric has lots of anti-inflammatory properties – or a chickpea tagine.
“Dinner is salmon and broccoli or a kimchi rice tofu bowl.”
As for snacks, Mosley “tries to avoid them generally, but if I do occasionally indulge, it might be on something reasonably healthy like a handful of nuts”.
He said: “My wife Clare makes these wonderful sugar free chocolate brownies that contain beetroot and dates.
“They are pretty hard to resist but thankfully, they’re guilt-free.”