Belly fat is perhaps the ugliest types of fat one can get. It comprises of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, which packs around your organs and increases the changes of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. Belly fat is the most difficult type of fat to lose. And unfortunately it is easy to amass belly fat if one is not careful enough of their diet or lifestyle. There are literally thousands of websites claiming to have diet and exercise plans to kill the belly fat. But how do you get to know what works the best in losing your belly fat? In search of an answer to this question, the team of Trust Me I’m a Doctor, a famous BBC program, took around 35 volunteers and divided them into four groups and applied four different and most famous methods to lose belly fat. All the members had belly fat and large waist sizes. Their health metrics like body fat, blood pressure, glucose levels and other measurements were taken at the start of the study. At the end of the study, the results were checked and compared.
The four groups were supervised and monitored by Fredrik Karpe, a professor of metabolic medicine from the University of Oxford, and Prof Dylan Thompson, from the University of Bath.
The first group was asked to increase their movement daily and eat as they normally would. The second group was asked to do sit-ups three times a day. Sit-ups is a famous exercise commonly deemed as useful in losing belly fat. The third group was told to drink at least one liter of milk daily. Having milk daily is a popular belly fat reduction technique touted by many websites as they claim that fat goes out in the form on feces when milk intake is increased.
The fourth group was told to just reduce their portion size. The group members didn’t have to eat green or healthy necessarily. They could eat as normal, according to their preferences. But portion size was reduced and unnecessary munching on snacks was slashed.
After six weeks, the results were compared of all the four groups, and scientists were flabbergasted.
The first group didn’t lose any belly fat, but its health metrics like diabetes, blood pressure were remarkably improved.
The sit-ups didn’t help in losing the belly fat, but all those doing this exercise were able to reduce their waistlines by no less than 2cm, which is pretty good.
The milk drinkers also didn’t lose any belly fat, tarnishing the claims that milk reduces belly fat. However, the group didn’t gain weight either.
Here’s the key part: the fourth group, which was told to focus on portion size and reduce intake, was the winner of the study. This group lost a collective 35kg and average waistlines were reduced by 5cm. No less than 15% abdominal visceral fat, which is the most dangerous, was cut in this group.
This study marks a watershed landmark in pointing out that diet remains the single most important metric in weight loss and belly fat loss regimens.