To get flatter abs in your 50s and beyond, Murphy suggests skipping the CrossFit or SoulCycle classes: Even though these activities burn a lot of calories, they're so intense that they can prompt your body to make more cortisol. Instead, he advises walking while holding hand weights and keeping your heart rate between 90 to 110. That type of more moderate exercise will help you torch belly fat without kicking up the cortisol.

Raspberries are low in calories too, and an excellent source of fibre and vitamins. Raspberry ketone is a substance naturally found in raspberries and other berries like cranberries, kiwis and blackberries. The raspberry ketones are known to break down fat within cells where fat is formed, thereby helping your body burn faster. It also increases the hormone adiponectin that helps to regulate metabolism [25] .
Great news, right? We should all endlessly attack the ab rollers to shrink our stomachs? Well not so fast. The amount of fat loss recorded by our friends in Denmark was tiny to the point of being insignificant. For this reason you'd be better off listening to the guys over at Laval University in Canada who set out to monitor the, "Effect of intensity of physical activity on body fatness and fat distribution."
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and a nice dose of oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. It also contains stimulants that can have a positive effect on fat burning, including theobromine and caffeine. Dark chocolate reduces the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes belly fat to accumulate. Try it for a quick breakfast to keep your appetite tamed for hours.
Seltzer adds that in addition to reducing your calorie intake, you should make sure to have good methods of managing stress, which can be anything from getting enough sleep at night to doing meditation throughout the day. "We do know that if levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are high, any excess energy you consume will be preferentially deposited around your middle," he says.
Visceral fat is sometimes also call intra-abdominal fat. This is because visceral fat is found between your organs in the midsection. The activity level of the cells of visceral fat is what experts like Tim Church, the medical director of The Cooper Institute in Dallas, believe cause your body to be at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. And according to Anne McTiernan, lead researcher of a study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, visceral fat is likely to be the fat you will lose first through diet and exercise. McTiernan recommends aiming for 30 to 45 minutes of brisk walking five days per week, but suspects that 60 minutes of physical activity would be more beneficial in reducing belly fat.

What better fruit to add to your water than watermelon? Not only does watermelon contain vitamins and minerals, it helps to flush out your system. Instead of eating it and making that juicy and sticky mess, just add a bit to your water to enjoy the full detoxing benefits. You need a couple of cups of chunked watermelon (seedless is best) and about four cups of water. Place the watermelon in a large pitcher and cover with water. Allow it to steep in the fridge for a couple of hours before enjoying so that the flavor can infuse your water.
Even if you’re happy with your current weight, or finding success with your current diet plan, it can make sense to do a cleanse from time to time. Here’s why: Fast results help lead to long-term weight loss. Slow and steady is the best way to reach any personal goal, but sometimes the slow undermines the steady. A review of studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that those who realized rapid results were more likely to stick to their weight-loss program over time than those who saw results come more slowly. This 7-day cleanse can improve your chances of long-term adherence to a healthy weight-loss plan.

So the first step in getting rid of your belly fat is figuring out which of these four types you have. Once you’ve done that, you figure out how to get rid of it. However, before starting any diet and exercise regimen consult your doctor. Tell him or her what you plan to do (or ask for suggestions if you aren’t sure what to do) and ask if your plan is a safe one. Then get a complete physical so you have a baseline to track your progress.


Elisha is a clinical nutritionist who specialises in nutrition for weight loss, insulin resistance, digestive and mental health. Elisha has a huge amount of experience in complimentary health, particularly in helping to work through food related issues such as diabetes and obesity, and provide assistance to combat emotional eating. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative blog posts, contributing to our recipe books and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes. Elisha loves working for The Healthy Mummy because “I love creating family friendly recipes, knowing that women all around the country are losing weight and gaining more confidence and changing their lives for the better.”

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