Dr Luke James, medical director, UK Insurance at Bupa UK, advises: “If you include a lean source of protein in your meals you may find that you’re not as hungry, and overall you’re not eating quite as much as you were.
“And, some studies have suggested a link between eating protein and having less belly fat.
“For example there’s some evidence to show that higher amounts of protein combined with resistance training increases lean body mass and lowers fat mass.”
A study carried out by Forest Baptist Medical Centre found eating 10g of soluble fibre a day resulted in a 3.7 per cent reduction in visceral fat over five years.
Soluble fibre forms a gel-like consistency when it reaches the stomach, making you feel fuller for longer and also helping block the absorption of cholesterol.
Visceral fat is stored in the abdominal cavity next to a number of vital organs, such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. This is why storing high amounts is associated with increased risk of serious health problems – in particular, cardiovascular disease. Experts recommend making changes to your diet to get rid of visceral fat, with some of the first steps being to reduce saturated fat and sugar intake. Studies have also shown eating plenty of fibre can help banish the belly fat.