Dr Michael Mosley says to cut out one surprising food to lose belly fat fast

Dr. Michael Mosley often provides tips for losing weight
Dr. Michael Mosley often provides tips for losing weight -Credit:BBC

Dr. Michael Mosley, the author, journalist and medical mind behind the Fast800 diet plan, has offered advice for shedding stubborn belly fat. In a conversation with the Express, he revealed a type of food that dieters ought to wave goodbye to if they're pursuing a flatter midriff.

He said: "You need to understand the basics of how insulin works. Your body makes insulin after a meal in order to keep blood sugar stable. On your cell walls, insulin opens up glucose ports to allow sugar through for burning in muscle, and for storage in fat.

"In your fat, insulin also curbs the release of fatty acids into your system. All well and good as long as your insulin is working.

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"However, as we age cell-wall insulin receptors become less sensitive", reports the Mirror. Consequently, he pointed out that even post-meal, our blood remains filled with glucose and fatty acids; a toxic combination linked to the undesirable health outcomes, inclusive of burgeoning belly fat.

Dr. Mosley suggests reducing your intake of sugary fruits. As per his guidance, cutting back on sugars and carbs is a crucial step toward bidding farewell to that irksome inflated stomach.

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."

A colourful spectrum of fruit: oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, grapes, plums, grapefruit, pomegranate, persimmons, bananas, cherries, apples, mangoes, blackberries and blueberries.
Sugary fruits could be doing more harm to your waistline than you realised, say Dr Michael -Credit:Getty Images

Items such as fruit juices and smoothies, along with fruits like mango and pineapple, can all cause sugar spikes due to their high sugar content. Furthermore, he emphasised the importance of reducing carbohydrate intake for weight loss.

He believes that decreasing carbs leads to a reduction in appetite, which subsequently results in weight loss. He said: "When people cut carbs, their appetite goes down and they lose weight".

Those aiming to shed pounds should "replace processed carbs like white bread, chips, and pasta with slow-release energy sources, such as brown rice or quinoa", he said.

"Two things will surprise you: the amount of sugar you were unknowingly consuming, and the speed at which your belly fat will start to reduce. "".

Is intermittent fasting also a useful tool for weight loss?

Dr Michael is also a strong supporter of intermittent fasting. He told the Express: "The idea that fasting 'slows your metabolism ' is a myth. Under conditions of marked energy deficit 800 calories per day or less not only do you simply lose weight by eating fewer calories, but your body responds to the stress of fasting by enhancing hormone function to facilitate weight loss and burn fat for energy.

"Short-term fasting can lead to several changes in the body that make fat burning easier. This includes reduced insulin, increased growth hormone, enhanced epinephrine signalling and a small boost in metabolism.

"According to a 2014 review of the scientific literature, intermittent fasting can cause weight loss of three to eight percent over three to 24 weeks. Not only this but people lost four to seven percent of their waist circumference as well indicating a large loss of the harmful belly fat in the abdominal cavity, strongly linked to chronic disease."

"So, want to shift that weight round your middle? Try intermittent fasting."

He adds that the key to shedding pounds is a combination of a healthy diet, intermittent fasting and regular exercise. "You don't need to do loads of exercise, but try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise four times a week," he said.

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