November 1, 2017
Posted In: Food & Drink, General Health, General Wellness, What's Up Canada
Those last few pounds clinging to your midsection often feel like the most difficult pounds to lose. Fortunately, there are science-backed strategies that can help you successfully get rid of belly fat.
The goal of achieving a flat stomach may be all the motivation you need to work toward eliminating belly fat, but there are important benefits for your health, too. Carrying excess weight around your waistline has been linked to significant health risks (1). Belly fat is considered the worst kind of fat due to its association with these increased risks.
Here are three science-backed strategies to help you shed stubborn pounds and get rid of belly fat for good.
Increase Your Protein Intake
While a balanced diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle, protein is a key nutrient for promoting fat loss and stimulating muscle growth. Consuming a diet that is rich in protein has been shown to support increased metabolism, greater muscle building, enhanced weight loss, and long-term weight maintenance (2,3). You can maximize the benefits of protein for your waistline by consuming the right amount and the right type of protein at the right time.
The Right Amount: Researchers have found that 1.2-1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day is optimal in promoting sustained weight loss (3). To reach this level, a typical woman needs approximately 90-120 grams of protein per day while a typical man needs approximately 105-140 grams per day.
The Right Type: Look for a source of protein that is high in branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Protein that has a higher concentration of BCAAs is more effective in building muscle and supporting weight maintenance (4,5). Dairy protein, like whey, has a naturally high amount of BCAAs making it the protein choice for many (6).
The Right Time: Evenly distributing your protein intake throughout the day, otherwise known as protein pacing, has been shown to support fat loss and improve muscle strength and growth. Depending on your specific protein needs, you should aim to get 20-30 grams of protein in each meal, spaced over four to six small meals a day (7).
End Your Shake Day With the BBB
The Bedtime Belly Buster (BBB) is a simple strategy that’s intended to support your weight loss efforts with nutrition and restful sleep. The core components of the BBB include a serving of IsaPro® blended with Isagenix Fruits™ or Isagenix Greens™, that is enjoyed alongside Sleep Support & Renewal™spray at bedtime.
Providing your body with a serving of whey protein before bed has a thermogenic effect, which boosts your metabolic rate and can help to support weight loss (8, 9). Because inadequate sleep has been linked to weight gain, Sleep Support & Renewal spray is part of the BBB to support a restful, complete night’s sleep (10).
The BBB is also a sweet treat that can help satisfy your late-night cravings and help you avoid overindulging in less healthful alternatives.
Keep Up With Your Cleanse Days
Isagenix Cleanse Days, which are based off the science behind intermittent fasting, may have some of the most impressive scientific support when it comes to releasing belly fat. Following a full-day fasting protocol such as an Isagenix Cleanse Day has been shown to support improved body composition, loss of body fat, and benefits for improved insulin sensitivity (11, 12).
Additionally, the Isagenix System of Shake Days and Cleanse Days is backed by clinical research. One set of studies, conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, demonstrated that the Isagenix System produced superior results compared to a heart-healthy diet for eliminating belly fat. Participants in the Isagenix group had 56 percent greater weight loss and lost twice as much deep belly fat than those following the heart healthy diet (13, 14).
Belly fat may be the worst kind of fat, but there are science-backed strategies that can help you flatten your stomach, such as effective use of protein, the BBB, and intermittent fasting on Cleanse Days. Isagenix products provide the right tools to help you use these strategies to get rid of belly fat for good!