How to Lose Belly Fat in 9 Simple Steps

Amy Lawrenson
by Amy Lawrenson

When it comes to excess weight 'how to lose belly fat' is up there as one of the most commonly-asked questions. The unfortunate thing is that belly fat is one of the most stubborn areas to target. But that excess belly fat or muffin top might be detrimental to your health. According to doctors, one of the worst places your body can store fat is your midsection; that stubborn section of belly fat carries a strong risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more—all things serious enough to make us take pause before our next Ocado order.

And what's more frustrating is that women hang onto more belly fat than men and find it harder to lose it: "Women have up to nine times more alpha adrenergic receptors in their fat cells compared to men and oestrogen increases their activity," says Rhian Stephenson, nutritionist and CEO of Psycle. These alpha adrenergic receptors slow down fat release, which is essentially what makes some patches of fat more stubborn than others. "While elevated cortisol [the stress hormone] is one the main culprits for fat storage around the midsection."

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In order to truly burn the fat, you'll need to squeeze in some quality cardio time at the gym and lift some heavy weights to build muscle (muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have the more of a fat-burning furnace you'll become!). You also need to manage your stress levels (more on that later). 

There are some super-quick and easy ways you can jump-start the process—namely your diet. We asked various health professionals—Rhian Stephenson;Elissa el Hadj, founder of FORM Studio; Alexandra Samit, Be Well health coach at Dr. Lipman's Eleven Eleven Wellness Center; and Nicole Granato, a women's health specialist—for the simple things we can be doing now to keep the annoying fat away from our midsections later (and forever). 

Keep scrolling to to find out how to lose belly fat for good.

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