Follow These 4 Tips If You're Doing Intermittent Fasting and Trying to Lose Belly Fat
Intermittent fasting has a vast array of benefits, from weight loss to better digestion to less bloating. Another great thing it can be used for is reducing belly fat. The midsection is a stubborn place to lose fat, which is why a method like intermittent fasting (IF) can be very useful.
"Belly fat can be stubborn to lose because the abdominal area contains more alpha-2 receptors that slow down your ability to burn fat, compared to beta-2 receptors that increase your fat burning potential," Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a celebrity nutritionist and longevity expert, told POPSUGAR. IF lowers insulin levels, "activating your b-2 receptors and shutting down your a-2 receptors, allowing you to burn targeted fat in your belly area."
Certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition, also said that IF "gets your body out of 'storage mode' and mobilizes fat stores for energy." This means that without having a constant food source, your body will dip into the fat it already has stored as its energy source.
In other words, IF is your best friend in the war against belly fat! Here are four tips to help you reach your goals even sooner.