Stubborn tummy fat can be very hard to shift. Due to our often sedentary lifestyles and stressful jobs, medicated with alcohol and biscuits, belly fat can easily build up. And, it's not just our ability to win the swimsuit competition that's affected by the belly build up: fat deposits around the belly are linked to serious health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
"The best thing to do to is to stay away from simple carbs" while loading up on lean protein, says Murphy, who explains that it takes more energy to burn protein. (Here's what a perfect day of eating enough protein looks like.) When you do eat carbs, choose whole grains, which are high in filling fiber so you'll eat less. Plenty of cardio helps, too.
The stress hormone cortisol can really screw with your belly. The problem with cortisol is two-fold: First, the chemical makeup of cortisol causes the body to store visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored between your main organs and in the midsection and is the most dangerous type of fat. Experts state that visceral fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.