Many people struggle to shift stubborn belly fat even with a healthy diet
Whether it’s from a lack of exercise, poor nutrition or the inevitable effects of time, being a bit round around the middle plagues millions of Brits.
Belly fat can even accumulate for those who exercise regularly and maintain a decent diet.
Recent studies have found the persistent excess weight around the middle is not only responsible for an unsightly ‘muffin top’, but can also be very dangerous to your health.
From extreme diets to bizarre exercise contraptions, there are many methods on the market claiming to get rid of a ghastly gut.
But if you want to be free of a beer belly without banning beer completely, don’t despair.
Health experts claim implementing simple habits during the day can actually help to banish your potbelly while you slumber.
Personal Trainer and Bio-Synergy ambassador Kellie Barnett recommends implementing the lifestyle changes below along with a balanced diet and exercise regime to help burn belly fat in your sleep.
During sleep the body produces hormones that are linked to weight loss
GET MORE SLEEP
It sounds obvious, but the more sleep you get, the more fat you burn. The body produces two hormones linked to our weight: Leptin, which regulates energy levels and keeps the appetite low and Ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our Leptin levels decrease and our Ghrelin increases. Therefore increasing our appetite during the hours where we are awake.
Eating smaller, healthy balanced meals at regular intervals throughout the day will help to keep your metabolism in an active state.
As a result, your body will continue to burn fat throughout the night.
Eating protein before bed is a great way to help fight your belly fat
EAT COTTAGE CHEESE OR PROTEIN BEFORE BED
A great protein is Casein, a slow-release protein that is digested gradually and keeps your metabolism ‘ticking over’ during the night. Cottage cheese is an excellent alternative as it contains casein protein.
If you fancy an extra protein hit, try adding in a scoop of whey such as Bio-Synergy Whey Better Banoffee.
Green tea stimulates the metabolism and helps burn calories
DRINK GREEN TEA OR COFFEE
Drinking green tea/coffee or taking a green tea/coffee supplement on a daily basis can help stimulate your metabolism, aid digestion and is a perfect source of antioxidants.
An increase in metabolism means you will burn more fat, even when you sleep.
Resistance training is a perfect way to boost your fat loss
INCORPORATE RESISTANCE TRAINING
Of course, having a flat stomach doesn’t come without a bit of work. Resistance training is a perfect way to boost your metabolism and to reap even more of the benefits, try incorporating the exercise routine in the evening.
Your higher resting metabolic rate will continue into the night, allowing for an increased rate of fat burning.